As a part of its partnership with ECOtality, Inc. the Ikea store in Emeryville, California has installed four Blink Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. Ikea has made the green news quite a bit lately with the announcement that they’ll no longer be selling incandescent light bulbs, and they are pledging a 100% renewable energy future and building solar arrays on a number of stores. The EV charging station in Emeryville comes thanks to a partnership with ECOtality to install charging stations at 10 Ikea stores in the United States.
“Installing electric-vehicle charging stations at IKEA Emeryville is another way to build upon our commitment to sustainability,” said Pat Choa, an IKEA Emeryville store manager. “At IKEA, we believe in being a good business while doing good business. Making it easier for the public to drive EVs – with support from ECOtality and PG&E – accomplishes both goals.” ECOtality is the project manager of the The EV Project, a venture to install the necessary infrastructure for electric vehicles. It was funded in part by the Department of Energy and calls for about 14,000 charging stations in 18 major population centers across the US.
“The Blink Network is about making the EV lifestyle fit the lifestyle of drivers nationwide,” stated Jason Smith, ECOtality’s San Francisco Bay Area Manager. “We are excited to install Blink charging stations at the Emeryville IKEA as this is ideally suited to offer EV drivers the opportunity to charge at a highly desirable destination location.” Among the major hurdles of the widespread adoption of EVs is the charging infrastructure needed to re-charge vehicles when the driver isn’t at home. Ikea has pledged to help make this infrastructure a reality by bringing the electric vehicle owners to their stores.