In June this year IDTechEx reported on the plans of ECOtality to install charging stations in multiple US states in collaboration with Blink. The companies have now announced the expansion of the original initiative into Houston.
Through The EV Project, the largest rollout of EVs and EV charging infrastructure in history, ECOtality will install approximately 200 Blink charging stations in the greater Houston area over the next several months.
Houston city officials hosted a press conference and tour to unveil "Houston Drives Electric," the city's comprehensive electric vehicle program. Mayor Annise Parker, Greg Fioriti, senior vice-president of On Road Operations for ECOtality North America, and other EV partners will highlight new additions to the City's electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid fleet as well as new infrastructure to support EV drivers.
"The City of Houston is proud of its vision and ongoing leadership in electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid technology," said Mayor Annise Parker. "This innovative technology is part of our alternative transportation future, helping the City save money by reducing gasoline costs while also reducing in-city tailpipe emissions. Due to the significant support from the City's partners, Houstonians can feel confident about charging their cars anywhere."
With the announcement, Houston officially launches its EV infrastructure which was developed through a year-long planning program. In 2010, ECOtality and the City of Houston partnered, in collaboration with Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) which is now a fully integrated partner with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), to facilitate a comprehensive discourse between city partners and stakeholders in preparation for the consumer adoption of electric transportation. Based on that extensive discussion, ECOtality developed an EV Micro-Climate™ Plan that summarizes plans for Houston's deployment of EV charging infrastructure with detailed deployment guidelines, a long range planning (10+ years) strategy, a short term blue print and a step-by-step action plan.
The Blink Network is a system of charging stations available to the public, giving EV drivers the freedom to travel as they choose and charge at any Blink commercial location along the way. EV drivers will be able to charge at any Blink station through a variety of options including interoperable RFID cards, smart phone applications, and mobile phone and credit card based payment options. By becoming Blink Members, consumers may also yield even greater advantages of the Blink Network, such as discounted charging rates, reservation systems, and enhanced Blink Network capabilities.
ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project and will oversee the installation of approximately 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia. The project will provide an EV infrastructure to support the deployment of 8,300 EVs. The project is a public-private partnership, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant and made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
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Source and image: ECOtality