DC Fast Chargers key to expanding range of electric vehicles
Alongside Oregon elected officials and electric vehicle (EV) advocates, ECOtality, Inc., a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, today celebrated the company’s first Blink Direct Current (DC) Fast Charge installation at the Hollywood Fred Meyer store in Portland, Ore. The UL-listed Blink DC Fast Charger provides the fastest EV charging rates currently available and can charge a Nissan LEAF to 80 percent capacity in less than 30 minutes.
“The Blink DC Fast Charger provides electric vehicle owners a faster and more convenient method to charge and is critical to extending the driving range of EVs,” said Don Karner, president of ECOtality North America. “This installation at the Hollywood Fred Meyer in Oregon marks the start of the Blink DC Fast Charger rollout, as we begin deploying these stations over the upcoming months in EV Project markets. ECOtality is excited to partner with local stakeholders in this first step toward the full electrification of the nation’s transportation network with this advanced charging technology.”
“With a third of all oil burned in cars, electric vehicles will play a key role in breaking America’s addiction to oil and giving us back control over our own economy,” said U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley. “Today’s installment of a fast charging station at the Hollywood Fred Meyer is a step in the right direction to get more electric cars on the road. I’m thrilled that Oregon is a leader in electric vehicles and I look forward to helping more Oregonians say ‘goodbye’ to gas stations.”
The Blink DC Fast Charger is rated at 60 kW (200-450 VDC, up to 200A) and provides a quick and safe method of charging EVs. Ideally suited for high-traffic commercial locations and major transportation corridors, the dual-port charger features two CHAdeMo compliant EV charging connectors and provides an intuitive connector dock for storage and protection. The charger features two interactive touch screens and a 42-inch color display for media and messaging. With real time communication capabilities, the Blink DC Fast Charger features an internal energy meter, which supports energy usage data evaluation.
“We are witnessing a growing demand for electric vehicles, and want to provide a service that meets our customers’ needs,” said Michael Ellis, president of Fred Meyers Stores. “We’re excited to partner with ECOtality and be a part of the development of this critical network.”
Working closely with local utility Pacific Power and food retail chain Fred Meyer, the installation is the first deployed within The EV Project and one of the first fast charge locations open to the public in the nation. The Hollywood Fred Meyer location was chosen using criteria developed through the Micro-Climate process, which takes into account a variety of factors including traffic patterns, regional attractions, and retail hubs, as well as the input from many regional partners.
“Pacific Power shares Fred Meyer’s commitment to improve our communities and the lives of everyone living in them,” said Pat Egan, vice president of customer and community affairs for Pacific Power. “We applaud the company’s dedication to sustainability and are pleased that Fred Meyer and ECOtality chose the Hollywood District as a site for the first publicly available Blink DC Fast Charge facility in Pacific Power’s service area.”
ECOtality is the project manager for The EV Project and is tasked with supervising 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 (ARRA). The EV Project includes 16 states and major metropolitan areas and will result in the installation of more than 14,000 charging stations over the course of three years.
Original Source: ECOtality