ECOtality Installs First Blink DC Fast Charging Stations

By · November 01, 2011

Blink DC charger at Cracker Barrel

ECOtality installs DC quick charger at Cracker Barrel in Tennessee.

Nissan LEAF owners who opted for the $700 DC charger inlet that allows the electric hatchback to charge to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes will be thrilled to discover that ECOtality—the project manager of The EV Project—is finally making good on its promise to install DC quick-charge stations at select locations throughout the US.

Despite recently admitting to falling a bit behind schedule, ECOtality announced that it has installed two Blink DC quick-charge stations in two key states.

The first Blink DC quick-charge station—installed last week at the Hollywood Fred Meyer store in Portland, Ore.—is believed to be ECOtality's first functional DC quick-charge station in the entire US. The second station—installed at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Lebanon, Tenn.—is one of Tennessee's 12 Cracker Barrel locations scheduled to get a DC quick-charge unit under ECOtality's The EV Project.

Eventually, ECOtality will install chargers at 24 Cracker Barrel locations in the "Tennessee Triangle," a 425-mile stretch of interstate connected by I-40, I-75 and I-24. Beyond that, ECOtality—under The EV Project, which is a $230 million public-private initiative—aims to install more than 14,000 charging stations throughout the US over the course of the next three years.

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