Ecotality EV Project Hits San Diego and Tenn.

Both San Diego, California and Nashville, Tennessee have a few more electric charging stations available to the public thanks to The EV Project, a $230 million program that half of which is being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

In Nashville, the four-star Loews Vanderbilt Hotel is currently installing four charging units. Although the majority of The EV Project’s focus is on coastal regions, Tennessee is home to Nissan Leaf production facilities, which has gotten support from at least one of the state’s senators. Plans are to install 2,500 charging stations here before 2012.

Ecotality Chargers

image via Ecotality

In San Diego, ten charging units are now available at Balboa Park, seen in the photo above, which is home to the Air & Space Museum. Over 1,000 Blink Level 2 charging units are planned to be installed in the city alone, with at least 30 fast-charge DC units.

Currently, only around 1,200 charging units have been deployed under Ecotality’s rollout, even though the project still claims 14,000 will be installed by the end of the year. Quite frankly, we’re wondering when that target number will change, because although installations have ramped up, we’re halfway through the year and the program is no where near the mid-point in terms of available stations.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.