Former DoE Official Hired by Government-Funded ECOtality

AUG 8 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 6

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ECOtality has been taking quite a considerable amount of heat these days, so this will just further strengthen the flames.

Who Supports the EV Project?

Who Supports the EV Project?

When it comes to listing clean-energy organizations that have received government funding, ECOtality makes the list.

As the Washington Free Beacon points out:

“ECOtality secured a $99.8 million award in 2009 to install nearly 15,000 electric vehicle chargers throughout the country. The contract was integral to the president’s stated goal of getting a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.”

Okay, so ECOtality got government funding.  No problem there.  However, not all of those promised 15,000 chargers have been installed yet and ECOtality seems to now be dragging its feet in finishing the job.

But that’s not what were here to discuss today.

Right now, ECOtality is coming under fire for its recent appointment of Brandon Hurlbut to its board.

Who’s Hurlbut?  He’s the former chief of staff under the now-departed Energy Secretary Steven Chu.  Furthermore, Hurlbut was considered a vital player in ECOtality receiving government funds.

Oh no.

The Washington Free Beacon quotes Hurlbut as previously saying this in a statement noting his move to ECOtality:

“During my service at the Department of Energy, I was committed to the president’s goal to accelerate electrification of our transportation sector.”

“I was proud to support a DOE team that made substantial progress on that goal.  I believe the future is bright for the electric vehicle industry where ECOtality is a leader.”

What’s worse is that ECOtality has a “roster of political connections” and has “adopted an explicitly political business strategy in an effort to secure federal subsidies that continue to account for the bulk of its revenue,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

We’re thinking that ECOtality is going to have to endure the fire for sometime now, as this likely won’t be overlooked by major media.

Source: The Washington Free Beacon

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Actually only 14,775 AC Level2 Chargers were promised with the EV Project. However,
310 DC Quick Chargers were promised, but only 85 (DC chargers currently on Blink Network)
… 27% installed; and not much time to finish by Dec 31, 2013, the EV Project end-date.

See page #9 for details from Dept. of Energy, ECOtality joint introduction in late 2010:
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/avta/pdfs/evproj/intro_to_evproj.pdf

The EV Project reports are available here: http://www.theevproject.com/documents.php The latest one (Q1 2013) there are 8,278 residential EVSEs, 3,166 commercial EVSEs and 76 DC fast chargers installed. Their goal is about 13,000 L2 EVSEs and 200 DC fast chargers. The main reason they are falling short in getting commercial installtions (both L2 and DCFC) is that it is very difficult to find hosts who are willing to pay for their portion of the installation. Even with half the cost paid for by The EV Project, businesses are very reluctant to give up parking spaces and pay for the stations citing low demand for their use, for example. It’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem compounded by the SAE combo plug debacle. Currently there’s really only 1 car on the market that can use the DCFCs (Nissan LEAF, iMiEV is not selling at all) and the next cars due for DCFC on the market will likely be SAE combo plug vehicles (Chevy Spark EV, BMW i3). The only other EV capable of DCFC is Tesla who is deploying their own proprietary charging network and has not released an adapter that will let the Model S use CHAdeMO stations. Compounding the issues… Read more »

Public chargers were “generally” a bad idea.

At-workplace chargers are a good idea. That is essential to getting EVs adopted.

How many L2’s did they install?

I’m all for public funding of ev infrastructure but if they fail to achieve their promised goal, pull their plug.

Oh, that damned revolving door again…