ECOtality to Charge the San Francisco Bay Area
The contract awarded to ECOtality comes with $2.87 million in funding attached, enough money to allow the supplier to install 2,750 home charging stations and 30 DC fast charging stations throughout the Bay Area.
The new chargers, which will mostly benefit Japanese manufacturer Nissan and its Leaf EV (the charging solution providers is one of the preferred partners of the auto maker), will be deployed in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southwestern Solano, and southern Sonoma Counties.
Most of the charging stations to be deployed will be Blink home chargers, with 1,500 to be spread through the region. 20 Blink DC Fast Chargers (capable of charging any vehicle in under 30 minutes) will also be installed in the Bay Area.
Throughout the United States, ECOtality will deploy 15,000 commercial and residential charging stations in the years to come, as part of the EV Project.
“Historically, the Bay Area has been the epicenter for driving technology innovation and adoption, but in the past few years, it has also served as the home of change in the transportation sector. It spearheaded the landmark CAFE standards, supported a wide range of EV technologies and now with this grant is creating the pathway necessary for electric vehicles to become the dominant form of transportation in the Bay Area,” said Jonathan Read, ECOtality CEO.