• Feb 17th 2011 at 6:56PM
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Back in July of 2010, Ecotality unveiled its two-tone, classically styled line of Blink charging stations. Last Friday, the Level II Blink chargers, which feature wireless connectivity provided by Sprint and Cisco's network integration, began rolling off the lines at Roush Manufacturing in Livonia, MI.
Although Roush intends to initially produce 50 Blink chargers per day for San Francisco-based Ecotality, the Livonia plant has the capability to pump out as many as 250 units daily. Richard Trotter, executive director of Roush Manufacturing, claims that by year's end, 16,000 Blink charging stations will have shipped from the Livonia plant to destinations laid out in Ecotality's EV Project. The project now reaches 17 cities and major metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia, including the newly added San Francisco Bay Area.

[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      nice. although for glorified extension cords it should really be size optimized a lot. lower cost can dramatically speed things along. doesn't have to be highway billboard size
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't disagree that it could be a lot smaller, but whether it should or not depends on where it is being used. If I were planting one of these outside my business I would want it to be billboard size with searchlights, balloons and a PA system that says "Dude! We've got juice!"


        Seriously, the public use charges need to be big enough to pick out across a crowded parking lot and they also have to house all the control systems, credit card readers and communication equipment that goes along with curbside vending.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder what the home units sell for? I understand some EV Inc. units are now down to $700.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fantastic! More and more charging post infrastructure. The power utilities are starting to realise they are the heirs to transport energy supply in the post-oil era.

      These first localised EV charging stations will soon seem as natural as the old style petrol station. The oil companies have missed an opportunity to invest in large solar collectors for petrol stations, thereby providing alternative competition for Utilities bound to coal or nuclear energy source production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is why EVs will succeed. When one company can crank out 16,000 stations a year all by itself, then we will have the infrastructure we need to grow much more quickly than people have predicted.

      With 150-200 miles as the standard range for EVs by 2015 and over 100,000 charging stations around, things will seem much less daunting for people worried about range anxiety.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Very well said Dave.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have difficulty to imagine that the cables will not be stolen and the units will not be vandalized!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I suspect that has already been taken into consideration. With wireless communications, it could promptly alert authorities if there were any tampering or cable cutting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Something ACTUALLY imported from Detroit!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oops, nevermind, my reference was incorrect. The 200 actually is built in detroit
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yesterday Nissan pushed my delivery date back from April to May. I wonder if the slow roll out of cars and the later date is directly related to the fact that many of us in the E-V project do not yet have an install date for the free home charger. No charger no car! Are the chargers the hold up? When I first got the delivery of April posted on my Nissan Leaf account I asked Ecotality if they had an install date set for me and never got an answer.
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