Add one Arizona company to the list of entities looking to string together a network of electric-vehicle charging stations.

GoE3 says it plans to build a network of Level 2 and Level 3 charging stations along U.S. interstates, with the first stations to open as part of an unnamed rally and reality show being filmed this summer. The company says the stations will be installed at 50- to 75-mile intervals along I-10, I-20, I-40 and I-70, with 50 planned by next month and another 450 slated to be opened within the next three years.

Not much else has been disclosed about the project, except that GoE3 will charge a hefty $12.50 for a full charge at Level 3 machines, which will be able to fully replenish EVs in as little as 10 minutes, depending on the vehicle.

GoE3 is among public and private entities banking on a surge in sales of plug-in vehicles. Michigan's Center for Automotive Research said last year that Americans will buy 140,000 electric-drive vehicles in 2014, while Pike Research said EV and plug-in hybrid sales will jump sixfold from 2011 to 2015 to about 300,000 units.

The federal government, along with ECOtality, launched its EV Project in 2009, which earmarked the build-out of as many as 14,000 charging stations across the country during the next few years. Currently, there are about 2,600 publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations across the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Arizona Company Plans Coast-to-Coast Fast Charging Network

Mesa, Arizona – March 23, 2012 -There are more reasons to celebrate electric vehicles this Earth Day, thanks in part to GoE3 , an Arizona-based company which is launching plans for the nation's first coast-to-coast charging network. These Level 2 and Level 3 stations for electric vehicles will make interstate travel finally a reality for electric vehicles and plug-in EVs. The launch event, which includes the unveiling of the first Level 2/Level 3 combination charger station, is a milestone event for the long range electric car market.

While metropolitan charging stations for electric vehicles already exist, many are Level Two 30 Amp. Those being planned by GoE3 will be Level Two, 70 Amp or higher, will be the most fully functional on the market, support all modern electric vehicles and will be the first to be installed on interstates, supporting long range travel. GoE3 will introduce the first installment of the total 500 charging stations planned in conjunction with a road rally and reality TV show being produced this summer.

GoE3 is working with multiple partners to install charging stations and benefit local communities along interstate highways I-40, I-10, I-20 and I-70 with a station located every 50-75 miles. For Level 3 chargers, the costs will be $12.50 for a full charge and take 10 to 45 minutes, depending on how depleted the battery is. The company will roll out the route of its first 50 planned locations by April 21 with the remaining 450 in the next 18-36 months. A complete route from Flagstaff to Tucson has been secured.

While the only plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles currently capable of long-range highway travel in America are the Chevy Volt and Tesla Motors, GoE3 founder and CEO Bruce Brimacombe hopes that creating the nation's first electric vehicle charging network across interstates will encourage more drivers to purchase electric vehicles and travel further.

"If the national goal is having one million electric vehicles on American roads by 2015, we must all work harder to shift perceptions on how useful, practical and affordable electrical vehicle travel can be," Brimacombe says. Electric vehicles require little maintenance and cost of ownership is low aside from the battery replacement and this will come down in time, he says.

GoE3 has strategically selected the Tucson Arizona-based Biosphere 2 complex for its launch event.

"Biosphere 2 is a Mecca for research, which is why we chose it as the location for the GoE3 launch," said Brimacombe. "Because of their association with the University of Arizona, Biosphere 2 has the will and the talent to not only provide us with a platform to test how our chargers function when powered by solar and other forms of renewable energy; but also gives our partners, students, and researchers a medium for collaboration to discover and share answers on real world applications. It's a valuable experience for all involved."

Biosphere 2 will be holding an Earth Day event of its own on Saturday, April 21, in conjunction with the GoE3 launch, all of which is open to the public. The event will feature demos of new charging stations, offer test drives of the latest electric vehicles and two other ribbon cutting ceremonies to celebrate the greater Earth Day theme.

Company Information:

Jezlin Media, LLC (GoE3.com) is a economic change engine that endeavors to change popular perceptions about renewable energy through actions that lead to a sustainable future. The core objective of Jezlin Media, LLC is to launch GoE3: Campaign for Energy Independence, which will serve as a conduit to achieve its mission. This will be by way of a unique business concept that combines multi-media targeting B to B, B to C, and C to C audiences and the installation of the country's first coast-to-coast Electric Vehicle charging network. This awareness objective will be kicked off with a National EV Road Rally which will be filmed and made ready for a new reality TV show. For more information visit www.GoE3.com


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      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      $12.50 is fine. You'll rarely ever use these chargers but when you do use them, they provide a very valuable service to you. So I have no problem with them charging a hefty fee. They need to make their money back too.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        $12.50 for a full charge in 10 minutes0? Doesn't strike me as hefty at all. Especially with home chargers taking all night.
      Smurf
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would be good in AZ. From Phoenix to Flagstaff is about 120 miles, as is from Phoenix to Tucson. Adding charging stations between these cities makes an EV road trip possible.....
      SpeedyRacer
      • 3 Years Ago
      $12.50 for a full charge would be about $0.25/mile (assuming we went about 50 miles on that charge), vs. a little more than $0.10/mile for a compact ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicle. They really need to get that price down. I can't wait for Nissan to start selling their low cost DC quick chargers. Another issue. The press release states "Level 3" machines. That implies they will be according to the new SAE standard that does not exist yet. I hope they really meant CHAdeMO so they will be compatible with the Nissan LEAF.
        MTN RANGER
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpeedyRacer
        For a Tesla Model S with 300 Mile battery pack, the L3 charge @ $12.50 would be a bargain @ $.04/mile.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpeedyRacer
        The SAE level 3 is probably pretty much ready to go but just not formally approved yet. I think those Chevy Spark cars being tested have it.
        Smurf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpeedyRacer
        $12.50 is fair. For a Nissan Leaf, $12.50 is 75 miles. For a 25 mpg vehicle that is 3 gallons of gas. At $4.00/gallon that is $12. Pretty close.... Once again this is new technology and will have a higher price in the early days when usage is low. It is unreasonable to think you should pay less than a gasoline car to go the same distance on a long trip. You can save plenty of money during city driving, when you can charge at home....
      Ele Truk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad there isn't a standard for Level 3 chargers yet (Let's get on that SAE!). So the current option is for CHADeMO, currently supported by Nissan Leaf and Mitisbishi I and some prototypes. But that still accounts for at least 30% of EVs on the road (maybe more).
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ele Truk
        The SAE said first quarter of this year. So it should be coming out any day now. OK, maybe a few more weeks. I think those Chevy Spark test EVs already have it installed.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Tesla is building their own charging network: ""The solution to when people want to take a road trip for the 300- and 240-mile range packs is going to be charging and supercharging," Reyes said, describing the network Tesla is talking about building. "If you look at an 'H' system [in the U.S.], the most popular routes on the west coast, the east coast and then cross-country, and then you have little spoke systems along the way, you pretty much cover the country with not that many systems," he said. How many make up the "not that many" that it would take to blanket the country coasts "pretty well"? Reyes said it's fewer than 30 locations. (*UPDATE: Reyes emailed to say this number is just to cover the coasts.) Once this basic network is in place, more out-of-the-way routes could get Superchargers. Reyes notes that the cost to put in one of these Supercharging stations is "a fraction" of what it costs to put in a new gas station. Some possible routes? D.C. to New York; D.C. to Boston and San Francisco to Los Angeles, to name just three. "Suddenly, the whole 'I can't take road trips,' and range anxiety and all these red herring arguments are essentially obliterated at that point," Reyes asked." http://green.autoblog.com/2012/01/24/tesla-in-final-stages-of-model-s-prep-readying-supercharger-net/
          Joeviocoe
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Is the Chevy Spark EV confirmed to have fast charging?
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          With a planned total production of 2,000 cars the Spark is too low volume to encourage the provision of public chargers, public or otherwise. It is the volume of Nissan and MItsubishi that will drive installation, although US companies with no volume plans will operate all sorts of obstruction tactics to make them as incomvenieint as possible. As for the only at least partly electric car US manaufacturers plan to produce in volume, the Volt, there is little need and no necessity for charging points for them. The Tesla at $50k and up is too low volume on it's own to encourage much infrastructure provision.
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      It seemed as though Nissan/Renault had made a mess of their fast charging standards, with Renault backing a different, incompatible standard to Nissan. However, they have now clarified: 'In 2011, Nissan launched its own quick charger into Europe, available for less than €10,000 (Earlier post.) This CHAdeMo-compliant Direct Current (DC) Quick charger can deliver up to 50 kW of high voltage direct current (DC) electricity, and are also ‘AC-ready' to support the arrival of EVs from Alliance partner Renault designed to 43kW AC quick charge standards. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is promoting infrastructure deployment based on AC-DC Mix Quick Charger strategy.' http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/03/abb-20120328.html Other companies, or at any rate ABB the company in the linked article who are an independent charger supplier, are to adapt their chargers for compatibility. The big advantage of Chameleon, the Renault AC standard, is that the complicated electronics stay in the car, and a fast charger which did not bother with DC would only cost around $3,000 according to Renault. It's a relief to know that there is not the chaos I had feared, or at least not so much of it.
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