Earlier this year the world's largest electric vehicle infrastructure installation initiative began in the United States.
The EV Project managed by ECOtality, has initially launched the installation of BlinkTm Level 2 Residential Charging Stations with the view to expand nationally into 18 cities and major metropolitan areas across six states and the District of Columbia to support the eventual deployment of more than 8,300 EVs. User-friendly residential charging stations are free for EV Project participants. Stations have already been installed in Arizona, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oregon and Washington.
The deployment of the preliminary charging stations is the first step in a project that has taken 2 years of planning. Residential installations are the precursor to wider deployment venturing into the commercial sector with the Blink Level 2 Pedestal Charger and Blink DC Fast Charger. In October 2010 ECOtality announced a total of 1150 publicly available Level 2 chargers and 50 DC Fast chargers will be installed throughout the Phoenix, MAG district and Tucson regions. Both charger models can be installed in either indoor or outdoor spaces as hardwire or plug-in variants.
The project aims to lay the foundations for mass adoption of EVs in the U.S., producing a sound infrastructure that would make EVs an increasingly viable option for the average American motorist. This trend is already beginning to emerge as Don Karner, President of ECOtality North America observes "we are experiencing unprecedented consumer demand for electric vehicles." The company will monitor various parameters of the charging stations usage, performance and output in order to generate a vision of how mass adoption and smart grid supply could progress in the future.
A combination of U.S. Department of Energy grants and private investment funded the $230 million project, with each party supplying half the total contribution.
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