FBI Investigating Charging Network Developer 350Green for Wrongdoings in Chicago


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According to the Chicago Tribune, 350Green, a developer of wide scale electric vehicle charging networks in major cities in the US and around the world, has drawn the unwanted attention of the FBI.

It’s reported that the FBI is investigating 350Green for wrongdoings in Chicago.  Though details are scarce, the Chicago Tribune says the investigation is over 350Green not paying several contractors and vendors for services related to charging stations installs in the Chicago area.


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350Green, a Los Angeles-based firm founded in 2008, won a contract to install hundreds of charging stations in Chicago.  That work was to be completed by the end of 2011.  Needless to say, 350Green never completed the task in Chicago and reportedly halted its work in 19 other cities and regions.

The Chicago Tribune says the FBI would not comment on the investigation, but that’s almost always the case when an investigation is ongoing.

Contractors who have installed charging stations in Chicago on behalf of 350Green report not receiving payment and charging station vendors have either not received money or have been shorted on what they’re owed by 350Green.

Tim Mason, 350Green’s president, responded to the Chicago Tribune’s request for comment, stating that “clerical errors” by ex-employees led to the lack of proper payment.  Mason added:

Those people involved there who were doing the invoicing and billing are not with the company anymore.”

But the sticky point here is that the deal with 350Green in Chicago involves both state and federal grant money, which means that 350Green has been reimbursed by the government for work 350Green claims it paid contractors and vendors for.

If 350Green did not pay out as expected, then it seems likely that the FBI investigation will reveal the wrongdoings and possibly put an end to all of 350Green’s operations.

via Chicago Tribune

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Interesting impact on Ford and Nissan. Chicagoland has high gas prices because of our specific blends so this should help sell these related vehicles (as it has helped sell Volts).

“For 350Green, the Chicago project helped launch the company and Chicago as a charging station leader. The project called for more places to charge an electric vehicle in 30 minutes than anywhere else in the country. Ford and Nissan moved up the rollout of their electric cars to the Chicago market because of the 350Green project.”

“And what does this 350 number even mean? 350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide–measured in Parts Per Million in our atmosphere. 350 PPM–it’s the number humanity needs to get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change.”

Oh, ok. 🙂

Also the premise in the name of 350.org