ECOtality Outlines Plan to Install 40 Fast EV Chargers, 920 Others in Phoenix AreaBy Scott Doggett October 19, 2010
ECOtality Inc. today outlined the company's electric vehicle infrastructure plans for the Phoenix area at a press conference featuring key regional stakeholders.
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The announcement signifies the conclusion of another phase of The EV Project, the world's largest rollout of EV infrastructure. The one-year project that began this past summer calls for the installation of 14,650 Level 2 (220-volt) chargers, 310 DC Fast-Chargers, 40-plus project partners, 5,700 Nissan Leaf EVs and 2,600 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrids in 16 major cities in six American states.
San Francisco-based ECOtality displayed EV charging maps that reveal the potential locations for the company's Blink EV chargers, and company spokesmen discussed The EV Projects progress alongside Litchfield Park Mayor Tom Schoaf and other EV Project partners. The short of that report: The project is on target for completion by the end of next year.
As part of The EV Project, ECOtality will install approximately 920 publicly available Blink Level 2 EV charging stations in and around the Phoenix area at locations convenient to EV drivers, including retailers such as Best Buy. Additionally, approximately 40 commercial Blink DC Fast Chargers will be installed in the area. The recently introduced fast chargers are capable of providing a full charge in less than 30 minutes.
Blink chargers include intelligent and intuitive charging features that support the Smart Grid, including an internal meter that offers energy usage data evaluation, AMI Interface and demand response and energy management.
Connected to the Blink Network, Blink charging stations allow users to access a variety of information including charge status, statistics and costs, as well as access via the Blink Network Smartphone Application to locate chargers with GPS.
As project manager for The EV Project, ECOtality is supervising the construction of the largest deployment of EV infrastructure to date. The $230-million public-private initiative is funded with a $114.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.