ECOtality, Inc.(NASDAQ:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, announced a partnership with Regency Centers (NYSE: REG) to install Blink® electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 19 Regency locations nationwide. As the newest EV Project partner, ECOtality and Regency have worked together to identify the 19 sites and approximately 40 charging stations to be installed in EV Project markets in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and D.C.
“Our goal has been to deploy a network of chargers that are conveniently placed where consumers work, shop and play—and aligning ourselves with major property owners is a key part of achieving that goal,” said Colin Read, VP of Corporate Development at ECOtality. “We are excited to work with a forward-thinking company like Regency to deploy chargers nationwide and understand the true business case and value of offering commercial EV charging access to their customers.”
The Blink Network of charging stations provides EV drivers the freedom to travel as they choose and conveniently charge at Blink commercial locations along the way. By becoming Blink Members, consumers may also yield even greater advantages of the Blink Network, such as local incentive programs, reservation systems, and enhanced Blink Network capabilities.
“The EV stations provide an added shopper convenience, demonstrate and encourage a commitment to the environment, and generate a potential future revenue stream,” said Scott Prigge, senior vice president of national property operations for Regency Centers.
Regency’s sustainability program, greengenuity®, utilizes best practices in green building design, construction, operations and maintenance to reduce long-term operating costs and environmental impact of shopping centers. Current initiatives include smart irrigation, networked lighting, LED parking lot lights, solar power and innovative stormwater management systems.
ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project and will oversee the installation of commercial and residential charging stations in major cities and metropolitan areas. The project will provide an EV infrastructure to support the deployment of EVs in these key markets. 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).