Just this month ECOtality North America received a $2.87 million grant from San Francisco, marking a total $230 million in funding to roll out the EV Project — the United States’ largest deployment of EVs and charging infrastructure. The company plans to roll out over 15,000 of their Blink charging stations in 16 cities located in six states (Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas) as well as the District of Columbia. In addition, drivers of both the Nisan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt who qualify to participate in the EV Project will be provided with a residential charger for free, with most (if not all the costs) covered by the EV Project.
Last year ECOtality North America was awarded a $99.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to embark on the EV Project. In June of 2010 ECOltality was granted an additional $15 million, and just this month, ECOtality won another $2.87 million contract from the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District to include the city in the infrastructure roll-out. With project partner matches, the total value of the EV Project is roughly $230 million in funding.
Through the EV Project, ECOtality is providing charging stations at commercial outlets including Best Buy, where it is providing 36 240-volt Blink charge stations at 12 western stores in Arizona, California, and Washington. If the initial pilot project is successful, partners associated with the EV Project plan on adding additional charging stations at other locations. All the data collected and analyzed from the blink charging stations as well as the Leaf and the Volt will be used to understand the effectiveness of local charging infrastructure. The results of the EV project will enable the deployment of the next five million electric vehicles.