Ohio Walmart Jumps Onto EV Charging Wagon

Ecotality, the company overseeing The EV Project that we cover quite a bit here at EarthTechling, has announced the installation of some charging stations at a Walmart / Sam’s Club location in Columbus, Ohio along with partners AEP Ohio, a utility provider we covered early last year for participating in a huge solar project above a strip mine.

The charging stations installed are Blink models, Level 2 units that featuring interactive touch-screens, and will be able to help AEP Ohio make decisions about future stress electric vehicles may have on the smart grid in the area.

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image via Blink

Along with Ecotality, Aerovironment and Coulomb are seen as the leading companies in the charging station market, but as installations continue to rollout across America, at least one report released earlier this year claims utility companies are not prepared for the potential electricity needs people will need to charge their electric cars from home.

President Obama has called for one million electric vehicles to be on American roads by 2015 in this year’s State of the Union Address, which could certainly cause a drastic increase in power demand, but the possibility of having that many green cars seems highly unlikely given current economic conditions.

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