ECOtality, Inc., a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced today that its Blink® Direct Current (DC) Fast Charge system has received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification as Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment (EVCE) for public and commercial use. Working with manufacturing partner Carlton Bates, a leader in the industrial distribution market, ECOtality initiated production of the Blink DC Fast Charge system at Carlton Bates’ Austin, Texas facility.
“As safety is a core value of ECOtality, the extensive testing required to achieve UL listing ensures that the Blink DC Fast Charge system meets the highest possible safety standards for public usage,” stated Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality, Inc. “This milestone is a testament to the efforts of our engineering team and our partners, as we are one of the first to receive UL certification for our DC fast charge system.”
The Blink DC Fast Charger is rated at 60 kW (200-450 VDC, up to 200A) and provides a quick and safe method of charging electric vehicles (EVs). DC fast charging is currently the fastest method for charging electric vehicles and allows drivers to achieve a full charge in less than 30 minutes. Features of the Blink DC Fast Charger include:
• Two CHAdeMO compliant EV charging connectors that prevent accidental disconnection;
• Intuitive connector docking for protection and storage;
• Safe in wet or dry use;
• Dual port design allows two EVs to plug in at the same time - when one EV completes charging, charging begins on the other port;
• An internal power and energy meter to support energy usage data evaluation;
• Capable of handling multiple input voltage and current settings to conveniently accommodate electric service capabilities.
ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project and will oversee the installation of approximately 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia. The project will provide an EV infrastructure to support the deployment of 8,300 EVs. The project is a public-private partnership, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant and made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). For more information about The EV Project, please visit theevproject.com/.
About ECOtality, Inc.
ECOtality, Inc. (ecotality.com), headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. Through innovation, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships, ECOtality accelerates the market applicability of advanced electric technologies to replace carbon-based fuels.
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Maria Riley, The Blueshirt Group for ECOtality
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