Ecotality Maps Out Arizona Charging Plan

Last month it was Portland and the I-5 corridor down to Eugene. Now, Ecotality has released its plan for bringing an electric-vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure to Arizona over the next several months. The company said the Sun Corridor from Phoenix down to Tucson will get around 920 publicly available Blink Level 2 EV charging stations — those are the ones that do charges in two to six hours — plus some 40 commercial Blink DC Fast Chargers capable of delivering a full charge in under a half-hour.

Ecotality makes the Blink line of chargers and manages the EV Project, which, with around $115 million in federal money, is the biggest EV-charging infrastructure effort in the country. The goal is to get 15,000 stations in place in the next three years, with a focus on San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn., Washington D.C., and Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth, Tex., in addition to the Oregon and Arizona areas.

image via ECOtality

As with Portland, Ecotality said it used “a variety of factors, including population density, zoning regulations, employment centers and transportation routes” to determine the best places to put the charging stations in the sprawling Phoenix area. Earlier, the company said a number of Best Buy stores in Arizona would be getting charging stations.

But those are all just educated guesses and trials; the point of the federal investment, in addition to meeting the needs of soon-to-roll-out EVs, is to gather “priceless data that will allow us to build a network that best meets the needs of EV drivers,” said Don Karner, Ecotality North America’s vice president.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.