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Electric Car Charging Stations

There are public electric car charger stations at various locations around town.  In 2009, Arizona based company Ecotality recieved a $99 million dollar grant to supply chargers for electric vehicles in communities in Tennessee, Arizona, California, Washington and Oregon.   

In 2013, the "push to turn Arizona, from Tucson to Phoenix, into an electric car corridor has stalled.  The company behind the effort is on the verge of collapse despite being awarded $99 million in federal stimulus help." 

Ecotality "is the company that, not only put in most of the public charging stations around town, but was supposed to maintain them."  Ecotality's name for the Tucson network of chargers is Blink.

"An October 11, 2013, GreenTech Media article reported on Miami-based Car Charging Group’s acquisition of the bankrupt ECOtality’s Blink electric vehicle charging network. Nationwide, that meant acquiring 12,450 Level 2 charging stations, 110 DC fast-charging stations, and the underlying network that supported them."

As of May, 2014, the future of Tucson's Blink Charger Stations is up in the air.

Sources:

"Tucson Electric Vehicle Charging—Unplugged or Recharged?"
Posted by Christina Birchfield
May 6, 2014 12:30:00 PM
http://www.greenbuildermedia.com/news/tucson-electric-vehicle-charging-unplugged-or-recharged
 
"Local clean energy proponents hope company's financial woes don't affect efforts"
Posted: Sep 11, 2013 7:24 PM MST
Updated: Sep 25, 2013 7:30 PM MST
By Barbara Grijalva
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/23409074/possible-demise-of-electric-car-charging-company-has
 
"Arizona among first to get electric car chargers"
2009
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/10854819/arizona-among-first-to-get-electric-car-chargers
 

 

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Last Update: 6-17-2014 10:48am

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