It’s about to get much easier to drive an electric car around Dallas. How much easier? About 200 times easier.
San Francisco- based Ecotality, a company specializing in electric transportation and electric storage technology, has plans to install more than 200 charging stations in the Dallas metro area over the coming months. These commercial charging stations will be part of the company’s Blink network. Installations began around the Deep Ellum neighborhood in Dallas in May and so far, 17 stations are up and running.
The Level 2 charging stations will supply 220 volt power to electric vehicles, and the machines resemble an ATM machine in many ways. It has a touch screen and magnetic card reader for charging one’s card. Blink says they plan to feature smartphone applications, and mobile phone subscription and credit card based payment options. The Blink network will also have a membership program which will offer discounted charging rates and a reservation system.
Ecotality has been busy of late. As part of the EV Project funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the company is overseeing the installation of approximately 14,000 charging stations in 18 major cities in six states and Washington, D.C.