The EV Project, managed by ECOtality and comprised of more than forty partners, began in October 2009 with a mandate of creating new jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing the country’s dependence on fossil fuel. The initial deployment was for approximately 15,000 residential and commercial chargers to 13 cities in five states and the District of Columbia. The recent expansion will provide an additional 2,600 home chargers for Chevrolet Volt owners and another 1,000 chargers for the zero-emission Nissan LEAF.
ECOtality CEO & President Jonathan Read says, “Americans are ready to think differently about how they drive, and are ready to embrace electric vehicle technology. Through The EV Project, ECOtality is meeting the demand for new fuel sources by making EV charging simple, smart and available to everyone.”
Eric Noziere, vice president of Corporate Planning for Nissan North America, adds. “Nissan is looking forward to bringing the Nissan LEAF and sustainable mobility to Los Angeles. We have seen tremendous interest through early reservations from LA consumers. These 1,000 Nissan LEAF 100 percent electric cars and supporting charging infrastructure will help create a successful environment for electric vehicles as we approach the December launch of the Nissan LEAF. In total, Nissan is supporting The EV Project through 5,700 vehicles, nationwide.”
The data collected by the EV Project will be used to evaluate the use of electric vehicles and charging systems in a variety of geographies and climates and to create a model that will allow charging infrastructure to grow throughout the United States as a sustainable, stand-alone business without government support. The Volt was included to study the performance and use patterns for EV with extended-range capability.
Tony DiSalle, Product and Marketing Director for the Chevrolet Volt notes, “Many Volt owners plug their Volt into a normal 120-volt electrical outlet, charge overnight, and drive to work in the morning using only battery power. For Volt owners who want to install a faster 240-volt charge station, we expect The EV Project to save them a significant amount of money. In addition, The EV Project enables Volt owners to play a role in developing our collective understanding of electric vehicles in the market.”
ECOtality will present EV Project charge hardware in San Jose at Plug-In 2010, July 26 – 29th.