Sears supporting ECOtality's The EV Project
ECOtality Inc, a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced that Sears Holdings will launch a pilot program with ECOtality to install Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at select Sears retail locations as part of The EV Project. Sears has signed on to install thirty of ECOtality's Blink Pedestal chargers at store locations within EV Project markets. Sears may expand to further locations upon completion of the pilot program.
“We are thrilled to have Sears supporting The EV Project,” stated Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality. “Sears is committed to corporate environmental responsibility, and their dedication is exemplified by working with ECOtality and installing Blink chargers at various Sears' locations. By aligning with companies such as Sears, consumers will be able to charge at locations convenient to their lifestyles. This program strengthens our Blink Network and allows consumers greater access to EV charging at commercial and public locations.”
As part of the agreement, Sears and ECOtality will identify 10 Sears store locations for the installation of three Blink Pedestal chargers outside each store. Sears and ECOtality are currently in the process of determining the best locations for the chargers and will install Blink chargers at all proposed Sears locations by the end of summer 2011.
“Sears is very excited to participate in this program because it gives us the opportunity to be part of a greater initiative supporting the next wave of clean transportation. It will also help us better understand how we can support our EV-driving customers by providing needed conveniences today and in the future,” said Mike Brown, director, Environmental Sustainability for Sears Holdings.
The Blink Pedestal is a level 2 charging station that provides intelligent, user-friendly features that intuitively and safely charge EVs. They include an interactive color touch screen and web-based media delivery via the Blink Network. Businesses can take advantage of the media opportunities of the Blink Network, which will broadcast advertisements beginning in EV Project regions and expanding nationally.
ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project and will oversee the installation of approximately 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia. The project will provide an EV infrastructure to support the deployment of 8,300 EVs. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant, made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).