Blink Smart Chargers Now Available

As the electric vehicles segment of the automotive industry reached new voltage yesterday, the logistical part of it begins to heat up as well. With already several charging solutions providers fighting for a place on the sidewalks and in your home, ECOtality announced today the introduction of the Blink Level 2 charging stations.

Blink will be offered in two models, an in-home residential wall-mount unit and a commercial stand-alone charger. According to its manufacturer, Level 2 is better than its previous version.

To be connected to 240V AC circuits, the chargers are currently undergoing testing pending Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification. The system comes complete with color touch screens, third-party media and connectivity to network headquarters.

“Blink is more than a place to plug in a car—it is the fulcrum between the driver, car, home and utility. This high level of interactivity built into our system sets Blink chargers apart from anything else on the market and is key to driving consumer EV adoption,”
Jonathan Read, ECOtality CEO said in a statement.

The new chargers will be deployed this fall, as part of The EV Project. 15,000 units will be installed in 16 cities across the US. According to ECOtality, the project is worth $230 million, partially supplied by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“Never before has consumer demand been so high and the market potential so large for EVs. By introducing a charger that is simply smarter and really connected, ECOtality and our partners are setting a new industry standard,”
Read added.
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