Ecotality will be installing electric vehicle charging stations by 2011. The company has announced a deal with electronics retailer Best Buy. As per the agreement, Blink EV charging stations will be installed at twelve of the Best Buy locations in Arizona, California, and Washington by March of 2011.
The initiative, as part of The EV Project, will analyze how EV customers use the charging stations and develop best practices for creating future EV infrastructure in a variety of locations. The project primarily aims at developing an infrastructure for supporting electric-only vehicles. The commercial Blink Network EV chargers feature color touch screens and connect to a Web-based portal that shows a vehicle’s charge status, history, stats, and billing information, along with a bunch of payment options.
The EV Project, managed by Ecotality hopes to install some 15,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 16 cities across six states. The EV charging stations will also be established at Best Buy locations in Tuscon, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Seattle. The locations are determined by taking various things into account like distance from other existing charging stations, proximity to interstates and other major routes, and population density.
Blink says its commercial chargers will be able to deliver a “meaningful” charge in as little as 15 minutes since a complete charge at home overnight by the customers takes several hours.
(Via Digital Trends)