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EV Mantra: Plug-in, Turn-on, Drive-off

June 24, 2010

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Build-out Growing

There’s news about investments in developing charging stations in the U.S. to support the growing market for EVs. Below are a couple of stories about what’s going on around the country and in the Pacific Northwest. Forbes also lists the America’s Electric Car Capitals with a corresponding slideshow that has Portland as #1.

ECOtality press release…

The EV Project Expands To Los Angeles, Washington, D.C.

Adds $30 Million to The EV Project, Adds 2600 Chevrolet Volt and 1,000 Nissan LEAF Vehicles

TEMPE – June 17, 2010 – ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy has expanded The EV Project to include two new cities – Los Angeles, California and Washington, D.C. – and has broadened the offer of free home chargers to include qualified new owners of the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended-range capability. The expansion also adds an additional 1,000 Nissan LEAF cars zero-emission cars to the Project.

This expansion will be funded by a $30 million U.S. Department of Energy grant extension to ECOtality’s EV Project, which was created through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This new Federal grant extension includes $15 million of ARRA funding, which will be matched with $15 million in private funds, to reach the total of $30 million.

ECOtality is the project manager for The EV Project, which began in October 2009 with an original grant amount of $99.8 million and the objective of creating new jobs, jump-starting the economy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lessening the country’s dependence on fossil fuel. With the assistance of more than forty partners, The EV Project will deliver nearly 15,000 residential and commercial chargers to 13 cities in five states and the District of Columbia. See full release…

Future EV Charging Infrastructure

ECOtality North America is highly experienced with installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in residential, commercial and public environments, and has installed more charging stations for on-road applications than any other company. ECOtality has developed its EV Micro-Climate program, as means of utilizing this experience to develop rich charge infrastructures, focused on Level 2 and Level 3 charging systems, as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

America’s Electric Car Capitals

Joann Muller, Forbes.com

“Eager to be at the forefront of the electric car era, some cities are preparing faster than others. Places like Portland, San Diego and Seattle, for example, are collaborating with carmakers and local utilities to map their strategies. But it’s not just the usual West Coast cities leading the way. Indianapolis is positioning itself as the Midwest’s electric car capital, and cities like Nashville, Raleigh and Tampa are busy getting plug-in ready, too.” Read full article…

Small Commercial Charging Station

Forbes says about Portland. “Synonymous with the green movement, Portland is participating in the EV Project. Portland agreed to buy nearly 1,000 Leafs and will deploy thousands of chargers around the city, providing early feedback on what business models work best.”

“Dozens of cities across the U.S. are gearing up for electric cars. But some seem to be in the fast lane. Here are the cities we predict will be America’s future electric car capitals.” See interesting Forbes slideshow…

The new EV mantra “Plug-in, Turn-on, Drive-off…”

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