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ECOtality installs Blink DC fast-charging EV stations in Portland, US

ABR Staff Writer Published 25 October 2011

ECOtality, a developer of electric transportation and storage technologies, has launched the Blink direct current (DC) fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the Hollywood Fred Meyer store in Portland, Oregon, US.

The company said that the Blink DC fast charger is rated at 60 kW (200-450 VDC, up to 200A) and provides a quick and safe method of charging EVs and it can charge a Nissan LEAF to 80% capacity in under 30 minutes.

ECOtality, the project manager of the electric vehicle (EV) project, is working to install 14,000 electric vehicle charging stations across 16 states and major metropolitan areas over the next three years.

The $230m public-private project includes a $114.8m stimulus grant from the US Department of Energy.

ECOtality North America president Don Karner said the Blink DC Fast Charger provides electric vehicle owners a faster and more convenient method to charge and is critical to extending the driving range of EVs.

"This installation at the Hollywood Fred Meyer in Oregon marks the start of the Blink DC Fast Charger rollout, as we begin deploying these stations over the upcoming months in EV Project markets," Karner said.

"ECOtality is excited to partner with local stakeholders in this first step toward the full electrification of the nation's transportation network with this advanced charging technology."