Electric Vehicle Chargers Coming to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Sanford, Florida (January 19, 2011)  The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (the Zoo), in partnership with Get Ready Central Florida, is installing the first ChargePoint® networked electric vehicle charging stations in Seminole County and will be the first zoo in the country to install these charging stations for public use. 


The charging stations will be ready for use in January 2011 and will be available free of charge. Customers will be able to see the availability of these networked charging stations on their Internet Browser, their Smartphone, and on the GPS displays inside the new electric vehicles,  Customers can also get a text or email when their car is fully charged.  Charging time will depend on the vehicle, how “empty” the battery is, and the charging voltage.


“We are excited about participating in this evolving trend toward electric vehicles.  The Zoo has a strong commitment to conservation and a green economy and the installation of EV chargers supports this commitment,” says Joe Montisano, CEO of the Zoo.


The Zoo will install two dual voltage CT2100 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations from Coulomb Technologies, which can quickly charge the new electric vehicles entering the market today (e.g., Nissan LEAF & Chevrolet Volt) at 220V as well as charge neighborhood electric vehicles, electric bikes and scooters at 120V.  Even though the charge is free, you will be required to activate the station.  You can do this easily with an RFID enabled credit card, Coulomb ChargePass™ Card, the ChargePoint Smartphone applications, or you can call the toll free number on the unit.


NovaCharge, exclusive distributor for Coulomb Technologies in the southeast, and its Diamond Level partner, Palmer Electric will perform the installation.  Palmer Electric is Central Florida’s leader in electric vehicle charging solutions and one of the oldest electrical services companies in Florida.  


About Get Ready Central Florida - Get Ready Central Florida is a coalition comprised of Orange County Government, the City of Orlando, OUC–The Reliable One, and Progress Energy—with the goal of expediting Central Florida’s progress in preparing the infrastructure for EV transportation.


About Coulomb Technologies - Coulomb is the leader in electric vehicle charging systems and application services, with the ChargePoint Network, an open system driver network that first went live in January of 2009.  The ChargePoint Network provides multiple web-based portals for Hosts, Fleet Managers, Drivers, and Utilities, and ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations ranging in capability from 120 Volt to 240 Volt AC charging and up to 500 Volt DC charging.

About Palmer Electric – Palmer Electric is Central Florida's most trusted name for all your electrical needs since 1951. They have built and serviced 1000s of commercial buildings and over 100,000 homes.  They provide 24x7 service for electrical repairs, lighting, fire alarms/inspections, security cameras, EV charging stations, energy efficiency, solar power, & more.  Visit or call 1-877-732-1951.

About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a 116-acre private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and to engaging and educating our guests by sharing knowledge and celebrating our natural world.  For more information regarding the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens visit or call 407.323.4450.  The Zoo is located on I-4 Exit 104 in Sanford and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


For more information on the Central Florida Zoo contact:

Brenda New, Business Communications Manager

407.323.4450 ext. 117 or