• Jul 31, 2011
What goes well with Scandinavian modern style furniture? How about Blink charging stations? Yep, that's right. IKEA, the world's largest furniture retailer, has teamed with ECOtality to get Blink charging stations installed at ten of its stores out west by as early as fall 2011.

ECOtality will be in charge of installing the chargers, with IKEA's role being to prep and maintain the sites receiving charging stations. ECOtality says there will be at least two charging stations per selected store.

IKEA locations being considered for the charging stations include ten stores in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. Each of these sites will be evaluated for feasibility and installation needs before ECOtality makes a final decision. It may not add a lot of new EVSEs to the wild, but this charged-up initiative represents IKEA's first step into the world of battery-powered vehicles.

[Source: ECOtality]
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IKEA to Host Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Select Western U.S. Stores As Part Of ECOtality's EV Project

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA – July 12, 2011 – IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, today announced a partnership with ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, to host Blink electric vehicle charging stations at select IKEA stores in the Western United States. IKEA locations being considered for hosting the charging stations include 10 stores in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. These sites will be evaluated for feasibility and installation needs; operational charging stations could be available as early as Fall 2011. This initiative represents the first project of its kind for IKEA.
IKEA will be responsible for preparing sites for installation, keeping them orderly and reporting charging information to ECOtality, who will oversee installation and manage ongoing charger operations. The select stores meeting key criteria will have a minimum of two stations and the pilot program between ECOtality and IKEA will last through December 2012.

"We are excited this partnership will make charging stations more accessible to the many people choosing to drive electric vehicles," said Mike Ward, IKEA U.S. president. "Hosting charging stations at IKEA locations known for regional draws furthers our commitment to a smaller carbon footprint and technological opportunities that help protect the environment. This project is part of a global effort to promote the sustainable transport of people."

ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project, a public-private partnership funded in part by a federal stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide the necessary infrastructure to support the deployment of EVs. ECOtality is overseeing the installation of approximately 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 cities and major metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia. IKEA stores are in four of those states.

"We welcome IKEA to The EV Project, as the company has a strong legacy of environmental responsibility and its stores are a destination for consumers," stated Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality. "Situated in highly visible and accessible areas, IKEA locations are ideal charging station hosts for EV drivers."

In addition to this sustainable project, IKEA U.S. has solar energy installations operational in eight locations – including a Denver-area store opening this year in Centennial, CO that also has a geothermal system – as well as solar projects underway at 12 other locations.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can be a good business while doing good business and strives for its operations to minimize impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates all locations regularly for energy conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works with Global Forest Watch to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material (paper, wood, plastic, etc.); incorporating environmental measures into the construction of buildings in terms of energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water conserving restrooms; and operationally, phasing out the sale of incandescent light bulbs and facilitating recycling of customers' compact fluorescent bulbs.

IKEA strives to be 'The Life Improvement Store,' and since its 1943 founding in Sweden, has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 320 IKEA stores in 38 countries, including 37 in the U.S. IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings company, incorporates sustainable efforts into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, go to IKEA-USA.com.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      No doubt when the chargers arrive at IKEA they will on assembly immediately self-disassemble, although the cryptic build instructions are followed as well as possible.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Very true ( Chuckle) . However, congratulations to all merchants who install chargers. just the presence of these chargers creates interest in EV's and helps to generate public awareness and acceptance. Although, I doubt whether Jeremy Clarkson will drive a leaf to Oregon any time soon, but if he does, by heck, they'll be ready for him!
      briang19
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ironic since no electric vehicle is large enough to carry off any furniture.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @briang19
        I happened to be at Ikea a week ago for the first time in years and was able to get part of an entire kitchen in my LEAF for a friend. You can pack quite a bit in a LEAF with the seat down. No charging there but there was a dock at the hotel next door so I charged there for the heck of it but in the bay area I get plenty of range. Since mid March I have logged 3K miles and most of it non-commuting. I drove my truck about two times only because I had to move it for street sweeping.
        Jonathan S
        • 3 Years Ago
        @briang19
        The back seats fold down in the LEAF. Definitely room to carry stuff.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @briang19
        there is such a thing as trailers. and delivery.
        hahiran
        • 3 Years Ago
        @briang19
        You have obviously not looked around when you made your last visit to IKEA and I have to wonder if you've ever bought flatpacked furniture? Tons of econoboxes loading up on stuff, including my Honda Fit, which is around the same size of the Leaf.
        EJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @briang19
        I furnished my entire apartment from one Ikea trip in a 1986 Mazda 323. Who knows what I could have done with a Leaf.
        Ele Truk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @briang19
        My Ford Ranger EV does nicely. But since the current IKEA is out of my range (without the chargers) I don't use it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw a Zap Zebra charging at an IKEA, it was used for security. Not exactly the best choice:)
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hate to do that but my post is not directly tie to the article. Breaking: a formula one battery caught fire today at the hungarian grand prix, it was a very wild fire.
        David Peilow
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        You're an idiot.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David Peilow
          goor has said many semicrazy things but this is not one of them. seems you are one David.. it might well have been a battery fire. the renault lotus car does use a battery in the kers and if it's the volatile lithium polymer kind they use in RC planes that is a quite likely source of fire. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWYlyUy7zmw
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Quickly everyone, the Three Stooges are fighting again!
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they install one at my local IKEA (East Palo Alto), that would be a very logical place.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      good IKEA. but you can do so much more. have one developed just for you and install thousands. it's just a cord and a cheap relay. you should have great talent at getting that down in price. you can sell them in your stores too. win win. let's go people
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I know I'll regret it, but I suppose I should encourage the therapy class DF's been attending and give DF an unbiased hearing. Ok, DF, please explain the cost and practical design of your ' Ev charging device', be sure to include the safety details and public risk assessment? Here's your change to redeem yourself.
        skierpage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        You know an SAE J1772 charging station isn't "just" that, so you obviously enjoy parading your stupidity in public (while denigrating the efforts of anyone and everyone actually making a difference). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAE_J1772#Signaling
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @skierpage
          @Skierpage. Yeah, I know, but let's see exactly his wonderful invention, the product of a 'brilliantly superior mind'. I hate to condemn anyone without a fair hearing. So c'mon DF, show everyone that your critic's are wrong. Surprise everyone with the details of your product design. We are waiting.......
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