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ECOtality Completes Joint Ventures for Level 2 Charging Systems in China

ECOtality, Inc. has signed definitive agreements with Shenzhen Goch Investment, Ltd. (SGI) establishing two joint venture companies in China. The two companies had signed a letter of intent in July. (Earlier post.)

In exchange for exclusive sales and distribution rights for ECOtality’s charging systems in China, Shenzhen Goch Investment agreed to invest $10 million into a manufacturing joint venture and $5 million into a sales joint venture with ECOtality.

We are looking for the joint venture to provide Level 2 on-road EVSE. We are designing our on-road Level 2 to the specifications requested by utilities and major auto OEMs. We also will manufacture some fast charging equipment to meet the immediate industrial demand throughout Asia.

—Colin Read, VP of Marketing at ECOtality

The SAE J1772 Level 2 conductive charging connector specification supports energy transfer at 240V at 12 - 80 Amps (2.8 to 19.2 kW).

As Tianjin is one of the 13 pilot cities in China that will pioneer the introduction of electric vehicles, this joint venture between Shenzhen Goch Investment and ECOtality will help provide the charge infrastructure that will enable Tianjin and China to achieve our new energy objectives.

—Dr. Dongsheng Gong, founder and chairman, Shenzhen Goch Investment

ECOtality has exclusive rights to the patented Minit-Charger technologies that can provide a safe and meaningful charge for an EV in approximately 15 minutes.

In August, a project led by Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a subsidiary of ECOtality, received a $99.8 million award from the US DOE, which will be matched by regional project participants for a combined value of approximately $199.6 million, for installation of approximately 2,500 charging stations in each of five markets: Tennessee, Oregon, San Diego, Seattle and the Phoenix/Tucson region. The project will also deploy up to 1,000 Nissan LEAF EVs (earlier post) in each market, for a total EV deployment of up to 5,000 units. (Earlier post.)


Henry Gibson

Fast charging stations promote the wasteful use of batteries and encourage the building of far too expensive cars. There should be no full electric cars on the road because the words, written and mentioned about their limited range, bias against cheap useful cars. Range Anxiety has its own concept because of these words. It does not need to exist because the effectiveness of low and high power fuel driven range extenders was proven long ago. A car that sits in the garage or on the street most of the time does not need a large battery. Home charging with combined-heat-power units reduces CO2 release for much greater efficiency. ..HG..

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