The City of Brotherly Love will provide some extra affection for owners of Chevrolet Volts and Nissan Leafs.

Philadelphia has become the latest metropolitan area to be included in the public-private EV Project designed to give away Blink home-charging stations to plug-in vehicle drivers of cars like the Leaf and Volt. The car owners will also get an station-installation credit of $400 as part of the project, which also involves local utility company PECO.

The EV Project was launched in 2009 with a $99.8 million dollar grant to ECOtality from the U.S. Department of Energy with the goal of distributing about 14,000 home-charging stations. The Energy Department funded another $15 million for the project in 2010. So far, the EV Project has collected plug-in driving data from more than 33 million miles of electric-powered driving. Ecotality is also offering similar deals in Chicago and Atlanta.
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EV Project Offers Free Blink(R) Chargers to EV Drivers and Commercial Host Sites in Philadelphia

SAN FRANCISCO and PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ECOtality, Inc. (Nasdaq:ECTY), sites of the greater Philadelphia area as part of its expansion of The EV Project, a public-private partnership with the Department of Energy.

"Now people interested in electric vehicle transportation in the Philadelphia region can join The EV Project and help us build a nationwide network of EV charging stations", said Don Karner, Chief Innovation Officer of ECOtality, Inc. "By signing up for a free charger, EV owners can take part in this massive research project that can help reduce our country's dependence on foreign oil. We are excited about bringing The EV Project, which is now in nine states and 21 major metropolitan areas to the greater Philadelphia region."

Qualified residents in the Philadelphia region who have taken ownership of either the Nissan LEAF or Chevy Volt, will receive a free residential Blink wall mount charger as well as an installation credit of up to $400, subject to certain conditions. Residents and commercial hosts interested in participating can sign up at http://www.theevproject.com/sign-up.php or by emailing philadelphia@ecotality.com.

The EV Project is being brought to the Philadelphia region in partnership with PECO, the energy delivery company for the Greater Philadelphia Region. "PECO and ECOtality share a strong environmental commitment", said Craig Adams, PECO president and CEO. "Locally, more and more of our customers are exploring the use of electric vehicles and investing in this technology. To support this effort, in June, we launched PECO Smart Driver Rebates. This exciting programs offers rebates and incentives for residential and business customers investing in new electric vehicle technology including a $50 rebate for residential and business customers who have purchased an electric vehicle, a $1,000 rebate per unit for our government, institutional and non-profit customers installing up to two Level 2 public chargers, and a up to a $3,000 rebate for local counties who are installing a Level 2 public charging station. And, as we continue our efforts, we also look forward to working with The EV Project to support their efforts related to electric vehicle infrastructure build-out and data collection in our region."

Across the Delaware, PSE&G is also joining the initiative in a portion of its service territory. "We are a proud sponsor of The EV Project, which is enabling our state to reap the benefits of electric vehicles by making it easier for customers to operate their vehicles," said Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G president and COO. "Electric vehicles go hand-in-hand with PSE&G's commitment to the environment, and we look forward to helping our participating customers in Camden, Burlington, Gloucester and Mercer counties make a smooth transition to electric transportation."

To learn more about The EV Project opportunities in the Philadelphia area and meet with local EV experts, ECOtality is presenting a Host Partners Forum on August 16th at the National Constitution Center. Details on this event will be released through a media advisory and on Blink's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blinknetwork.

"We are excited at the opportunity to work with ECOtality on this initiative. For more than 3 years we have diligently been working to implement EV infrastructure in and around Philadelphia." Stated Tony Bandiero, Director of The Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Program, a Department of Energy sponsored organization promoting alternative fuels in the transportation sector. "The announcement from ECOtality to bring the EV Project to our area will certainly show the commitment from all involved that Electric Vehicles are a viable, safe alternative to imported petroleum."

ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project, a research initiative to help build America's future EV infrastructure. To date, The EV Project has gathered more than 33 million miles of EV driver data that will serve to support the deployment of EVs in key markets. The project is a public-private partnership, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant and made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). For more information about The EV Project, please visit www.theevproject.com

About ECOtality, Inc.

ECOtality, Inc. (Nasdaq:ECTY), headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. Through innovation, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships, ECOtality accelerates the market applicability of advanced electric technologies to replace carbon-based fuels. For more information about ECOtality, Inc., please visit www.ecotality.com.

The ECOtality, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=13434

About PECO

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 494,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 82.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 38.1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2011. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.


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      As nobody bothered to comment on the good news of "...free charging stations to EV drivers in three large U.S. cities", than maybe lots of people will bother to comment on the not so good news of: "Revealed: There are more charging points than electric cars in UK as sales slump" By DAILY MAIL REPORTER    "Sales of electric cars have slumped so badly that there are now more charging points than vehicles on the road. Just 2,149 electric cars have been sold since 2006, despite a government scheme last year offering customers up to £5,000 towards the cost of a vehicle. The Department for Transport says that around 2,500 charging points have been installed..." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2086926/Flat-battery-Government-reveals-charging-points-electric-cars-UK-sales-slump.html Thus, looks like it is not a chicken and egg question (at least in the UK) anymore. It's a (somewhat) similar situation as we had more gas pumps (over there) than the cars themselves. So, the question remains the same: can the installation of more charging stations / building up infrastructure in the U.S. ultimately solve the electric car demand issue, or actually not, as it happened in the UK? That is the question. #thehamletiandilemma
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        krisztiantType It's early days in the UK, which is a traditionally slow market to accept new models. Release of the Vauxhall Ampera should boost both sales and acceptance, considerably. In addition the Nissan Leaf is about to be locally manufactured. UK Distances are much shorter than the US, as are home charging times, since the UK is wired for 230 V +10% /- 6%, AC, 50 Hz home supply (same as the old 240v). Boris Johnson is think of extending the size of the London congestion zone, and other major cities are also considering installing congestion zones. The UK authorities are currently considering a national HOV lane extension of based on the success of the A647 (and Bristol) that would include certain alternate fueled vehicles. This would be a huge advantage for EV's and EREV's on Britain's heavily congested highways. Another factor to consider, is the UK's experience with EV's has not been all that happy! in the past, EV's offered in the UK were often poorly constructed, odd looking little vehicles that got past expected safety requirements for motor vehicles, by being registered under an archaic provision as quadra-cycles. These vehicles damaged the EV image as the media portrayed the owners figures of fun, oddball, anorak wearing cranks, driving silly vehicles. Other experiences, such the collapse of Vectrix UK Ltd, manufacturer of EV Motor-scooters, which cost UK shareholders nearly $1 billion, have made the market wary of EV's. All these factors, combined with the economic turmoil in Europe, have not helped EV acceptance. However, the advent of EV technology from respected mainstream manufactures, along with the advent of the Audi e-tron's involvement at the Olympic games, will help publicize EV's and in typical UK fashion, sales will start to climb. But EV's need to acquire a more fashionable image in the UK, if they are to broaden acceptance.