It’s been awhile since we last looked in on electric vehicle charger company Ecotality and its nationwide network of residential and commercial chargers. Now pushing some 7,000 chargers strong, according to Greentech Media, Ecotality recently unveiled plans to offer free units to select participants in three major metropolitan markets.
These plans call for this expansion of Ectotality’s EV Project, which is a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, into the Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia area markets. In each of these regions the company will partner with a local utility to bring the chargers to residents and commercial host sites.
In all three areas qualified residents who purchase either a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt will be offered a free in-home Blink wall mount charger as well as what is said to be an installation credit of up to $400 that is “subject to certain conditions.”
Ecotality has said to date The EV Project has gathered more than 33 million miles of EV driver data that is supporting the deployment of EVs in key markets. It is funded in part through federal government dollars that have totaled nearly $115 million, matched by private sector partners for a total of a $230 million investment.
We’ve been tracking Ecotality and The EV Project since June of 2010. Back then, the word was they were looking to have some nearly 15,000 chargers in play. That hasn’t exactly come to pass as of yet, though as of now they do have some 60+ project partners and installations across 18 major cities and metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia.
At this point one can find Ecotality Blink chargers in a variety of public places, including Kohl’s, Walmart, Cracker Barrel, IKEA, Macy’s and more. The EV Project, as it stands right now, is said to be the largest electric vehicle charging infrastructure in history.