One distributor of ChargePoint electric-vehicle charging stations is making an offer some owners of Ecotality's Blink stations may not be able to refuse. National Car Charging will offer dual-port Blink station owners a $2,200 trade-in credit for ChargePoint's new CT400 station and a $1,200 trade-in credit for single-port Blink station owners, according to the website Dontblinknow.biz. ChargePoint was formerly known as Coulomb Technologies and started selling the CT400 this summer, which features two simultaneous ports, a self-retracting cord and an LCD video screen that can display ads.

National Car Charging is promoting ChargePoint's network of more than 13,000 stations across North America and will honor the trade-in offer until December 15. Ecotality filed for bankruptcy protection last month and recently had its assets put up for auction. The winning bidder was a division of CarCharging Group, which paid $3.4 million for Ecotality's assets, including more than 12,000 installed Level II charging stations and 110 DC fast-charging stations.

In March, Ecotality and ChargePoint said they were forming a joint-venture called Collaboratev LLC. The partnership would allow for subscribers to Ecotality's Blink network to pay and charge at the ChargePoint stations, as well as vice-versa, and would allow for integrated billing. So much for that idea.


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      David Murray
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chargepoint stations seem much more reliable. And I hate the design of the Blink station in regards to coiling up the cord when not in use. It is a horrible design. Chargepoint is much better in that regard. I do wish that companies who provide free charging would just go ahead and use a cheap "dumb" charger that doesn't require a card or an internet connection. Basically, ones like Nissan dealers have, and also Tesla. No hassles. Just pull up and plug-in. For everyone else that wants to charge a fee, use a chargepoint station!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny, I stopped there to charge my car the day this article came out.....Unfortunately it was during their business hours and every spot was taken, half of them by ICE vehicles. Fortunately Syracuse has a number of parking lots with chargers. The chargers downtown have good proximity to Armory Square and the Dinosaur Barbeque (phenomenal). Cheers to Synapse for installing the chargers!
        Nick Kordich
        • 1 Year Ago
        The photo's from September 4th, 2011, when the stations were only a few months old and there were only about 500 plug-in vehicles in the entire state. http://www.flickr.com/photos/j26/6204822396/ In mid-2012 there was a dispute concerning them. Blink told Synapse they would track and bill users, but the original chargers did not. Synapse was on the hook for the electricity used, as a result. That led to the chargers being replaced with the current ones: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/06/syracuses_little-used_electric.html As the link above notes, there were less than a thousand plug-in vehicles in the state in mid-2012. Less than a year later were nearly 4,000. Currently there are over 5,000. Hurricane Sandy probably factored into that, but it's still a remarkable rate of growth.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      ChargePoint is much better run than Blink. Their chargers are nicer and their business model/billing system is better. Blink has the DCFCs though and that's a big deal. DCFCs are just far more useful except in the case of charging at work.
        danfred311
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        don't use arbitrary nonstandard abbreviations.. I guess you mean DC fast charge. Don't do that,
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      No ones is using one of these chargers. I saw 2 days ago 8 chargers in a free parking at a metro station in montreal and again the same thing nobody use them.
      danfred311
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why don't they do minimalist instead of these elaborate stations.. It's just a glorified extension cord. And wont municipalities prefer elegant and invisible over visual pollution. An alu pole with a plug.
        Nick Kordich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @danfred311
        They're not municipal chargers, so they're not the only voice in charger design. Chargers on for-profit networks use touchscreen displays to: 1. Authorize member identity (PIN). 2. Indicate the system status. 3. Display time remaining. 4. Allow users to set charge time limits. 5. Enter payment information (ZIP). 6. Display advertising. 7. Display instructions to new users. 8. Allow users to easily report problems. 9. Display charging network (map) and membership account information. Signage and gas pump-like chargers may serve multiple purposes, as well: A. Advertise the brand (obviously). B. Improve visibility. An aluminum pole is not easily identified as a charging station from across the parking lot by drivers who haven't used the charger before. The Blink pedestal chargers have an illuminated top to make them easier to locate at night. C. Make the station type more identifiable. I have no use for a CHAdeMO-only charger, and I know what Blink CHAdeMO-only stations look like. If I'm looking for a J1772, I know from a distance that's not one. D. Make it clear that a space is for EV charging to non-EV drivers. If it looks like a gas pump, ICE drivers may feel a little more awkward parking in front of it and preventing someone else from 'filling up,' just as they should parking in front of an actual gas pump for an hour or more. E. Offer improved cable management. I've seen minimalist EVSE solutions that don't offer proper cable storage, making it more likely that the cable will be run over or exposed to rain and mud. F. Possibly reduce risk of vandalism/copper theft. A station that looks like a gas pump or automatic teller machine does not look like as easy a target as an aluminum pole with an extension cord. Criminals know ATMs and gas pumps are monitored areas, and often have cameras embedded in them; I don't know if any chargers include a built-in camera, but the resemblance and concern that they might may deter crime against them.
      KenZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      How meaningful is a $2200 credit? How much do these cost without the credit?
      Ele Truk
      • 1 Year Ago
      An LCD that can display ads? Just how long do they expect someone to hang around after plugging in? These aren't fast charge, so nobodies going to stand there while their vehicle charges. Gas pumps make sense because you are stuck there for the duration while you are filling up. EVSE ads don't make sense on a Level 2.