BP Products North America Inc., a partner in The EV Project, will install ECOtality’s Blink electric vehicle (EV) DC Fast Chargers (480 volt 3-Phase AC input)—unveiled at the Business of Plugging In 2010 conference—at 45 BP and ARCO locations. Blink DC Fast Chargers will be available to the public at BP and ARCO locations as early as March of 2011.
BP will test and evaluate the Blink DC Fast Chargers at 45 different BP and ARCO locations as part of BP’s participation in The EV Project. Working with BP, ECOtality will determine the best location for DC Fast Charger stations utilizing the company’s Micro-Climate process. Location considerations will be made based upon population density and transportation corridors in each project region.
BP is expected to install DC Fast Chargers at select BP and ARCO locations in and around the major pilot markets of The EV Project which include Phoenix (AZ); Tucson (AZ); San Diego (CA); Los Angeles (CA); Portland (OR); Eugene (OR); Salem (OR); Corvallis (OR); Seattle (WA); Nashville (TN); Knoxville (TN); and Chattanooga (TN).
ECOtality is the project manager for The EV Project, an initiative that will include the installation of approximately 15,000 charging stations in 16 cities and major metropolitan areas in six states, and will place 8,300 EVs on the road. The project is funded with a $114.8 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE), funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The grants are matched by private investment, bringing the total value of the project to approximately $230 million.