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ECOtality installs Blink EV charging stations in Houston

ABR Staff Writer Published 09 September 2011

ECOtality, a US developer of electric transportation and storage technologies, has launched the Blink commercial network for charging electric vehicles (EVs) in Houston.

ECOtality, the project manager of the electric vehicle (EV) project, will install 200 Blink EV chargers in the greater Houston area over the next several months, to support the deployment of more than 8,300 EVs.

In 2010, ECOtality and the City of Houston partnered, in collaboration with Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) which is now a fully integrated partner with the C40 cities climate leadership group (C40), to facilitate a discourse between city partners and stakeholders in preparation for the consumer adoption of electric transportation.

The company said that based on that extensive discussion, it developed an EV Micro-Climate Plan that summarizes plans for Houston's deployment of EV charging infrastructure with detailed deployment guidelines, a long range planning (10+ years) strategy, a short term blue print and a step-by-step action plan.

ECOtality North America president and CEO Don Karner said the company introduced the EV Micro-Climate program as a way to leverage its experience for local governments, like Houston, so they could implement custom charging infrastructures as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

"Houston's entrepreneurial effort to build a healthy EVSE marketplace is what we hoped to see when we created the program," Karner said.

"By being prepared for the growth of the market, Houston can strategically build a robust portfolio of EV charging solutions to fit the lifestyle of any EV driver."