Roush begun manufacturing home and commercial plug-in EV chargers

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 14, 2011

Roush Manufacturing Inc.’s production of home and commercial plug-in electric-vehicle chargers for Ecotality Inc. has started. During the ribbon-cutting last week of a new plant located within Roush Enterprises Inc.'s headquarters complex, it was revealed that under the deal with Ecotality, Roush will produce 10,000 wall-mounted chargers for residential use and 6,000 pedestal chargers for commercial use.

Owners of the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt may get the Blink brand residential chargers for free through Ecotality's EV Project.

Under this initiative, most of the installation costs, which can range from $2,000 to $4,000, can be covered. The EV project aims to install the 16,000 chargers in U.S. cities and is backed by a $114.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The investment totals $230 million as General Motors Co. and Nissan North America Inc. matched the value of the grant. Don Karner, president of Ecotality, said that part of the project with the Department of Energy is to “build mature infrastructures” so that they can be studied and they will be able to learn “how to transition from no infrastructure to fully-mature.”

He revealed that they’re constructing laboratories that will help in the deployment of infrastructure and vehicles in the next 50 or 500 cities.

Karner said the company will be forming a large vehicle operation database as the company gathers data from the chargers (such as driving habits, trip distances, etc) that may be considered useful by agencies such as the National Highway Transportation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

The Blink chargers will soon be seen in cities including Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. [via autonews - sub. required]

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