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Car2Go Dropping EVs in San Diego

March 22, 2016 in Companies, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cites Problems of Disappointing Infrastructure, Limited Range

Daimler’s Car2Go car-share unit has advised some 40,000 subscribers in the San Diego area that it’s replacing the all-battery fleet of Smart ForTwo cars with the gasoline version of the diminutive two-seater. The company cited problems of limited range (65 miles compared with 342 miles on a tank of gasoline) and a disappointing EV charger build-out by now-defunct Ecotality.

CarCharging Offers Blink HQ Chargers

March 4, 2014 in EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Level II Residential Product Was Formerly Offered by Ecotality

Miami Beach-based CarCharging Group says it’s resumed sales of the Blink HQ residential electric vehicle charger through its Blink Network subsidiary.

The 240-volt, 30-amp Level II unit was formerly sold by Ecotality. Ecotality’s Blink products and network were acquired by CarCharging late last year.

The Level II Blink HQ charger 'is cost-effective, easy to use, and is compatible with all electric cars sold in the United States including the Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi i-Miev, Toyota Prius Plug-In, Honda Fit EV, and Toyota Rav4 EV,’ CarCharging says. It retails for $699.

The Level II Blink HQ charger ‘is cost-effective, easy to use, and is compatible with all electric cars sold in the United States including the Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi i-Miev, Toyota Prius Plug-In, Honda Fit EV, and Toyota Rav4 EV,’ CarCharging says. It retails for $699.

A Blink HQ purchase includes membership to the Blink Network: “To thank customers for their purchase of the Blink HQ and introduce them to Blink’s public charging locations, a $100 bonus credit for the Blink Network is currently included with a Blink HQ purchase,” CarCharging says.

Charging Service Integration

“Providing EV drivers with the opportunity to fast charge their EV at home and connecting them with our public charging stations is the first step in integrating EV charging services and ensuring that drivers have the ability to easily charge their EV wherever they are,” CarCharging CEO Michael Farkas said in a Tuesday release.

The Blink HQ features a delay timer, helping users avoid peak utility rates. The charger includes an 18-foot cable with cable hanger bracket at no additional cost, as well as a 12-month limited parts and labor warranty.

CarCharging (OTCQB:CCGI) notes “strategic partnerships across multiple business sectors including multi-family residential and commercial properties, parking garages, shopping malls, retail parking, and municipalities.”

Naming Names

Those partners, the company says, include Walgreens, IKEA, Wal-Mart, the Simon Property Group, Equity One, Equity Residential, Forest City, Cinemark USA, Fox Studios, Facebook, PayPal, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, the Mayo Clinic, the San Diego Padres, the University of Pennsylvania, Ace Parking, Central/USA Parking, Icon Parking, Rapid Parking, Parking Concepts, CVS, Related Management, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the cities of Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Miami Beach.

In addition to Blink hardware, CarCharging’s Blink Network includes charging equipment manufactured by Aerovironment, ChargePoint, Efacec, General Electric, Nissan, and SemaConnect.

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Source: Car Charging Group with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Ecotality Warns of Bankruptcy

August 13, 2013 in Companies, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Financial and Technical Problems Prompt SEC Filing

San Francisco-based Ecotality, bemoaning the wind-down of the U.S. DoE-based EV Project, a lack of revenue after it failed to being a new Minit Charger to market, quality problems with existing Blink electric vehicle charging installations, and labor difficulties, advised the federal Securities and Exchange Commission Monday that it may have to file for bankruptcy protection.

Blink EV Chargers for Texas Instruments

May 9, 2013 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ecotality Supplying Workplace Chargers at 12 Locations

Texas Instruments will install 46 Blink Level 2 charging stations at 12 office locations throughout Texas, including nine at its corporate headquarters in Dallas, says Blink manufacturer Ecotality.

Ecotality Chargers for Kroger

April 8, 2013 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Additional 225 EV Units Planned for California and Arizona

Ecotality is talking up an expanded partnership with the Kroger supermarket chain which calls for more than 200 Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations and 25 DC fast chargers to be installed in key market areas. The multi-million dollar expansion will bring the total number of Ecotality’s Blink brand chargers at Kroger stores to nearly 300.

EV Advocates Get Serious

January 15, 2012 in EVs, Fleet Order by rich  |  No Comments

ELC Calls for Large-Scale Fleet Demo Project, Could Be 1,500 Vehicles,
PG&E to Help Create ‘Comprehensive National Model for EV Deployment’

A coalition claiming “blue chip” membership is designing a large-scale electric vehicle demonstration project it says “will help create a comprehensive national model for EV deployment.” This year and next could see more than a thousand EVs, likely in Northern California.

Navistar, Pacific Gas and Electric, FedEx Express, A123 Systems, Hertz, Azure Dynamics, Coda Automotive, Ecotality, Automatiks, and GE Capital are members of the just-announced Electrification Leadership Council.

1,000 EVs? 1,500?

ELC, which according to Navistar eStar battery electric truck VP Mark Aubry has been working for more than a year, also includes large delivery service companies and vehicle manufacturers, and representatives of national, state and local agencies.

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