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NRG Energy, whose $122.5 million agreement to build a so-called "Electric Expressway" of electric-vehicle charging stations spurred a lawsuit against the state of California by smaller competitor Ecotality, says the agreement will produce about 80 percent more economic activity that it costs and that it doesn't hinder competition.


The lawsuit settlement we reported on a few weeks ago – the one that was supposed to result in a $100 million commitment to build up plug-in vehicle infrastructure in California – is coming under fire.


One can think about conspiracy theories that maybe that's the way they wanted it be.


At this early point in the plug-in car era, there are bound to be some logistical imbalances. For example, there are currently only 270 electric vehicles registered in the state of Tennessee. Compare this to about 500 public electric vehicle chargers already installed there. That makes sense, yeah?


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.


The Oregon Department of Transportation has turned to AeroVironment to install quick-charge stations along the I-5 corridor from California in the south to the Willamette Valley region in the north. This install is part of the West Coast Green Highway project – a vision for a consistent charging infrastructure spanning the West Coast from San Diego, CA to Vancouver, B.C.


According to the latest Pike Pulse report, two electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) companies stand out among the competition in strategy and execution: Coulomb Technologies and Ecotality, with one above the other.


On Monday, Ecotality announced that it had completed the installation of its 1,000th Blink Level 2 residential charging station, marking a significant milestone in the deployment of plug-in vehicle chargers in the U.S. Installations of Blink residential charging stations began in early 2011, coinciding with the delivery of vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt.


Last Friday, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that to date, more than 1,800 plug-in vehicle charging stations have been installed under the Recovery Act's $400-million Transportation Electrification Initiative. Coulomb Technologies, ECOtality, General Motors and others have installed charging stations as part of the Administration's massive investments in electric vehicles.


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.


Ecotality has quickly strung together one of the largest electric vehicle initiatives in the U.S. With the addition of Texas back in July and expanding to include the San Francisco Bay Area earlier this month, Ecotality's EV Project now reaches 17 cities and major metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia.


Earlier this month, Ecotality, Inc. announced its partnership with Sprint Nextel to wirelessly connect its Blink plug-in vehicle charging stations. Now, Ecotality has revealed that its Blink charger network is fully integrated with Cisco's Home Energy Management Solution (HEMS) and tied into Cisco's Home Energy Controller (HEC).


Ecotality, Inc., has partnered with Sprint Nextel to wirelessly connect its Blink plug-in vehicle charging stations. By utilizing Sprint's Command Center, Ecotality will be able to link its nationwide chargers and control Machine-to-Machine (M2M) provisioning, billing, device maintenance and service management. Basically, the things it needs to do to run the Blink Network the way it wants to. With all of this in place, Blink users will be able to locate nearby charging stations with GPS navigati


ABB Group, a provider of power and automation technologies that can enable utility customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact, has invested $10 million in ECOtality, Inc. Aside from the monetary investment, ECOtality and ABB have signed a North American manufacturing agreement, establishing a collaborative relationship that Brice Koch, head of ABB marketing solutions, describes like this:


Crackel Barrel Old Country Store, the restaurant chain that's modeled to represent a time when Americans spent much of their day lounging around in rocking chairs on covered porches, will steam into the 21st century by installing Blink electric vehicle charging stations, provided under ECOtality's EV Project, at 24 of its eateries across Tennessee.


ECOtality charger map for Phoenix area – Click above for high-res image


Last month, Eaton and Murphy Oil USA teamed up to demonstrate the convenience of electric vehicle (EV) charging at gas stations. Now, ECOtality, BP and ARCO are joining in on the action as well. Under terms of this agreement, ECOtality will install 45 fast-charging stations – you know, the ones that take 30 minutes or less to fill a typical electric vehicle from empty to about 80 percent full – at BP and ARCO locations beginning next March. Exact sites for the chargers have yet to be


Blink Charger – Click above for high-res image gallery

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