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  • Blink network  -  charging by the kWh

    It's not unheard of for the fans of well-loved brands—e.g. Tesla—to decide to buy shares in the company. It's somewhat less common for companies to reach out to their customers en masse and pitch all of them on buying shares in the company. That's apparently what the Blink charging network has done, according to numerous posts in electric-car forums from members who use its stations. DON'T MISS: Got A Blink Charging Station? ChargePoint Offers Up To $2,200 For You To Switch (Oct 2013) Many electric-car drivers who enrolled in the Blink network to use its public charging stations...

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    How To Site Electric-Car Charging Stations? It's The Parking, Stupid

    With the recent bankruptcies of charging-station network Ecotality and Israeli electric-car service Better Place, plug-in advocates have quietly discussed whether any business model exists for public electric-car charging stations. But suppose it 's not about the charging at all? Suppose it's about...

  • Electric-car charging stations at Target in Fremont, CA [photo by Wilson F. via ChargePoint Network]
    Got A Blink Charging Station? ChargePoint Offers Up To $2,200 For You To Switch

    Last month, Ecotality became the latest green company to fall foul of the tricky emerging market when it filed for bankruptcy. It leaves customers of its Blink network of charging stations--and indeed, owners of businesses who had them installed--unsure as to what their next step should be. For the...

  • ECOtality DC fast charger  -  Portland, OR
    Car Charging Group Buys Ecotality Electric-Car Charging Network For $3.3 Million

    Troubled electric-car charging company Ecotality's Blink network will be bought by the Car Charging Group

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf plugged into an EVgo quick-charging station, Texas
    Is There Any Business Model For Public Electric-Car Charging? Plug-In 2013 Report

    Suppose there's no way for businesses to make money on public electric-car charging stations--even with DC quick-charging? Then what? That was one sobering question that came up during the Plug-In 2013 conference, held in San Diego last Monday through Thursday. Almost three years after the first...

  • ECOtality DC fast charger  -  Portland, OR
    Electric-Car Charging Network Ecotality Files For Bankruptcy

    The writing has been on the wall for a while now, but Ecotality filed for bankruptcy on Monday, according a report yesterday by the Associated Press. The provider of electric-car charging stations, known for its Blink network, has been troubled for some time. More than a year ago, Blink's charging...

  • ECOtality DC fast charger  -  Portland, OR

    Electric car charging network provider Ecotality announced Monday it had suspended trading due to "material adverse developments". The company, which sells charging equipment and runs the Blink network of charging stations, filed an 8-K report advising of several factors preventing it from meeting ongoing obligations. Failure to meet those obligations also saw the company lose important Department of Energy payments, but there's a larger impact for Ecotality's Blink network users: A recall of thousands of connector plugs at charging stations. With financial troubles preventing a fix for...

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    Ecotality Trading Suspended, Electric-Car Charging Network To Release News?

    Electric charging and technology company ECOtality has suspended trading, as what it calls "material adverse developments" see it struggling to meet expected operating losses. The company, which sells charging equipment and runs the Blink network of charging stations, filed an 8-K report this...

  • Electric-car charging network cards, photo by Patrick Connor, Portland
    Collaboratev Project: 'Roaming' For Electric-Car Charging Stations

    Electric-car charging stations are being added to more and more public parking lots, curbsides, corporate garages, and a host of other locations. But as any electric-car driver can tell you, many of them are operated by specific networks. They often require drivers to have set up an account...

  • ECOtality Blink DC fast charger plugged in
    Ecotality Lawsuit Tossed Out, CA To Get NRG-Funded Charging Stations

    Electric car charging station provider ECOtality has had a lawsuit against the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) thrown out by a California appeals judge. ECOtality had wanted to stop the Commission funding a charging network set up by eVgo, a subsidiary of energy company NRG. The $102.5...

  • ECOtality Blink DC fast charger plugged in
    ECOtality Offering Free Electric Car Charging Stations: Is Your City Included?

    Wherever you charge your electric car, it's nice to have access to the latest equipment and a good network of charging sites. That's the aim of ECOtality, as it offers Blink chargers at an increasingly wide range of sites, with Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta the latest cities joining the list...

  • ECOtality Blink charging station for electric & plug-in cars
    800 Number On Blink Electric-Car Charging Stations? Useless, Don't Bother

    You'd think a company awarded $115 million by the Department of Energy to build electric-car charging stations would make them accessible to every single driver, wouldn't you? Apparently, you'd be wrong. At least, that is, in the case of Ecotality's Blink network. Any plug-in driver arriving at a...

  • ECOtality Blink charging stations for electric & plug-in cars

    Just as those buying an electric car have a choice of several different models to chose from, there are many different charging stations that individuals, businesses and local government can chose to provide convenient electric car charging. But in Syracuse New York, a non-profit organization is suing electric car charging station manufacturer Ecotality for $6 million -- and removing 68 Blink charging stations -- after claiming they do not function as promised. Last year, Synapse Sustainability obtained a $700,000 government grant to buy and install electric car charging stations in Central...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf plugged into an EVgo quick-charging station, Texas
    Ecotality Sues To Stop Proposed NRG Charging-Station Deal With CA

    Seven weeks ago, we told you about the March deal reached among NRG Energy, the state of California, and the state's Public Utility Commission that would install $100 million of electric-car charging stations in the state. At the time, we noted reservations from insiders who questioned certain...

  • Ecotality Blink Level 2 residential charging station for electric cars
    LA’s Electric-Car Drivers Go Further, Charge Smarter

    Los Angeles is well known for being at the forefront of electric car adoption, spurred on in part by large numbers of Hollywood A-list electric car drivers, enthusiastic advocacy groups and chronic air quality. But Los Angeles isn’t just the place where you’re more likely to see an...

  • Ecotality Blink Level 2 residential charging station for electric cars
    Sprint To Connect Ecotality’s Electric-Car Chargers Nationwide

    Electric car charging company Ecotality announced today it has partnered with Sprint to its electric car charging stations. The partnership will make stations searchable on GPS and will enable billing services and the ability to track data on charging habits. This is one of many examples in recent...

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    And We're Off! Electric Cars Are Here; Now They Need a Charge

    It’s official: Electric cars for the mass consumer crowd have arrived. The first all-electric Nissan Leaf was sold last week to a man in California, and more are trickling in. And the first Chevrolet Volts (pictured) — GM’s model that can go up to 50 miles on battery power before...

  • ECOtality Blink DC fast charger plugged in
    Cracker Barrel Installing EV Charge Points At Tennessee Stores

    Cracker Barrel, not exactly the bastion of green technology, has launched a pilot program that will see a number of EV charge points installed at 24 of the restaurant chain’s outlets across the state of Tennessee. The company that prides itself on old-style country stores is taking a very...

  • General Electric GE WattStation charging

    You’ve read the reports, drooled over the spy shots and saved your pennies for an all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric car. But do you know how you’re going to charge your new car at home, the office or at your parents’ place? There are many different chargers available now or soon to help you charge at home. In fact, we hear of a new charger almost every week. But before you pick any charger, do your research. Make sure you know how quickly your EV can charge, and what power and connector requirements it has. Nearly every car on the market today features a J1772...

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