New Partnership Between VW and ECOtality to Provide High-Rate Charger
Yesterday, in a press release from ECOtality, a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technology, said the first Blink DC Fast Charger will be installed at the Volkswagen Group of America’s Electronics Research Laboratory in Belmont, California, just outside San Francisco. The Blink Fast Charger has been seen to produce an 80% charge in under 30 minutes for the majority of EVs.
Although the location of the first ECOtality DC Fast Charger will be at the VW Research Laboratory, it will be open for public charging. Choosing the exact location for the placement of their first charger was due to a strict set of custom set guidelines called EV Micro-Climate. This system includes such factors as traffic patterns, regional attractions, and current retail EV stations. “Installing the first publicly accessible Blink DC Fast Charger in Northern California is essential for connecting the San Jose to San Francisco corridor and serves as a cornerstone for growing out EV charge infrastructure,” said Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality.
Dr. Peter Oel, executive direct of VW Group Electronics Research Lab, welcomed the new public charger at their location. “We are excited to partner with ECOtality to bring the first publicly available Blink DC Fast Charger to Northern California, reinforcing Volkswagen’s ongoing commitment to sustainable mobility and clean, efficient transportation.” Dr. Oel also talked about how the joint effort is a perfect addition to VW’s Think Blue strategy which offers a “suite of market viable technologies that will significantly reduce or eliminate CO2 emissions for our customers today and into the future.”
According to ECOtality, the Blink DC Fast Charger provides a quick, safe method of charging EVs. Using a 60 kW (200-450 VDC, up to 200A), the dual-port charger features two fast charging connectors that are controlled by two interactive touch screens. Above the station, a 42″ color display is used for media and messaging. To start using these stations, you have to sign up at their website.