ECOtality Expands Coverage for Blink EV Chargers
ECOtality, a San-Francisco electric vehicle infrastructure provider, is making new steps with its EV project, as the company has unveiled the Blink DC Fast Charger.
This is a 480-volt electric car charger that can bring an EV’s battery to a full charge status in 15 to 28 minutes. The company plans to install a network of 350 Blink chargers throughout the country as part of the aforementioned project, which has seen ECOtality receive a $114.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to install 15,000 charging stations in multiple locations around the country. The next step will be to install 150 fast chargers in collaboration with corporate partners. This first batch of 500 charging units will become operational by the end of next year.
Most of the chargers will be installed along Interstate 5 that links Vancouver, Canada to the Mexican border, but the company also targets states like Seattle and Phoenix.
"We think this is going to be the technology that will ultimately un-tether people from their garages with electric cars," ECOtality Chief Executive Jonathan Read was quoted as saying by Los Angeles Times.
In addition to that, ECOtality has signed an agreement with Best Buy that will see 12 Blink Chargers being installed in the latter’s paring lots. The EV charging infrastructure provider has also teamed-up with BP and Arco to bring fast chargers to 45 gas stations.