Addressing Initial Oversight, EV Project Charging Station Deployment Expands to San Francisco

· · 10 years ago

As the single largest effort to deploy massive numbers of charging stations in select early deployment regions of the U.S., the public-private EV Project came under scrutiny early on when it passed over the San Francisco Bay Area in its initial selection process in 2009. The Bay Area has historically had one of the highest adoption rates of next generation vehicle technology. ECOtality—the managing partner of the EV Project—has finally addressed this shortcoming by announcing a new drive to include the Bay Area as part of the charging station deployments.

To this point the EV project had been restricted to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; San Diego and Los Angeles, California; Portland, Eugene, Salem, Ashland and Corvallis, Oregon; Seattle and the Puget Sound region of Washington; Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee; Washington D.C.; and Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston, Texas. The lack of support for the Bay Area was notable, especially because of the large proportion of Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt orders that came from the region—in fact, the world's first LEAF delivery to Olivier Chalouhi happened there just last month.

“Historically, the Bay Area has been the epicenter for driving technology innovation and adoption, but in the past few years, it has also served as the home of change in the transportation sector. It spearheaded the landmark CAFE standards, supported a wide range of EV technologies and now with this grant is creating the pathway necessary for electric vehicles to become the dominant form of transportation in the Bay Area,” said Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality. “One of our major goals has always been to ‘electrify’ the West Coast, from Canada to Mexico. We have already completed EV infrastructure blueprints for Washington, Oregon, and Southern California, and are proud to serve as the project lead for the Air Quality Board. With the addition of the Bay Area to The EV Project, we have completed the West Coast transportation corridor.”

The new collaboration with several organizations in the Bay Area will result in the installation of 1,500 ECOtality-branded BLINK home charging units—a significant portion of the 2,750 home chargers that will be installed as part of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's deployment project. In addition, ECOtality will install 20 BLINK DC fast charging stations out of the 30 that are expected to be installed throughout the region. Altogether the ECOtality and the EV Project were awarded $2.87 million in contracts to install charging infrastructure in the region.

All of the stations installed as part of the new Bay Area deployment will be in addition to the roughly 15,000 home and public charge stations the EV project is already deploying in the other early roll-out regions—including a bit more than 300 DC fast charge stations.

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