As we’ve covered many times in the past, Ecotality is managing the rollout of charging stations for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids across the United States under a $230 million program, roughly half of which is funded by U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
So far, The EV Project has installed Blink charging stations at Best Buy in California, Fred Meyer locations Oregon and Washington, and has expanded into Arizona and Tennessee. According to the lastest announcement, at least twelve Level 2 charging stations will be installed starting this summer, two in six different locations around the greater San Diego region.
Although Ecotality has significant backing from government funding, the company does have some competition from companies like Coulomb and Xatori, both of whom are racing to prove that they are the leader in the emerging field. Of the three, Ecotality seems to be focusing on retail locations the most, which may prove to be valuable in overcoming range and performance issues some potential owners fear about green cars.