Seattle, October 26, 2010 – ECOtality, Inc., a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, will unveil the company’s electric vehicle planning documents for the Seattle and Olympia metro areas at a press conference later today, during the opening of the new Seattle Stadium Nissan dealership.
Alongside Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, Mayor Mike McGinn and Greg Smith, owner of Seattle Stadium Nissan, ECOtality will reveal the potential locations of Blink commercial chargers and DC Fast Charging stations to support Nissan’s roll out of the Nissan LEAF by dealerships throughout the area.
As the project manager for The EV Project, ECOtality will supervise the construction of the largest deployment of EV infrastructure to date. The $230 million public-private initiative is funded with a $114.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The EV Project includes 16 cities and major metropolitan areas in six states, and will result in the installation of about 15,000 charging stations by June 2011.
“The completion of our planning maps along with Governor Gregoire’s efforts to make I-5 a green highway move us one step closer to realizing the goal of electrifying the West Coast from the Canadian border to the Mexican border,” said Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality. “The Puget Sound area is known for embracing new technologies, and we are excited to work with Nissan and our area EV Project partners to ensure the region is at the forefront of EV adoption. The electric vehicle charging stations ECOtality will install are a critical component to building the rich charging infrastructure to allow EV and Nissan LEAF drivers the ability to travel without limitations.”
“Electric vehicles are the way of the future and Washington state will lead the way forward,” said Governor Chris Gregoire. “Today’s opening of Stadium Nissan and the rollout of the first electric car means a green highway will be a reality for Washingtonians.”
ECOtality will install 1,200 Blink Level 2 and 22 Blink DC Fast Chargers throughout the Central Puget Sound and Olympia areas. Working with stakeholders, local government agencies and the Puget Sound Regional Council, ECOtality developed maps illustrating potential charging station locations and density.
These maps and project blueprints were completed utilizing the guidelines of ECOtality’s EV Micro-Climate process, an analysis of significant regional factors including: transportation routes, population mass and local ordinances.