Next time you stop in IKEA for one of their cool solar lamps, you'll also be able to recharge your EV battery. IKEA has announced that it will be installing electric car charging stations at stores in 10 U.S. cities by this fall as part of the EV Project with ECOtality, Inc.
The project, which will include western states from Texas to Oregon, will see at least two Blink EV charging stations installed per store. ECOtality will be responsible for the installation and operation of the chargers, while IKEA will help with upkeep and send all charging data to ECOtality for analysis.
The EV Project has also installed free residential chargers at the homes of EV drivers in exchange for their charging data. ECOtality is planning to assess EV driving and charging patterns across different climates to help them deliver better products. The IKEA pilot program will last until December 2012, but hopefully the chargers will stay after its over.
via Gas 2.0
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