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ECOtality celebrates official launch of EV charging stations in Tennessee

ECOtality representatives and state officials gathered in Nashville today to officially dedicate the company's Blink Pedestal charging stations in Tennessee along with the installation of four public charging stations at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. The hotel is the first commercial partner in the city to install a charger.

"As the future home of the Nissan Leaf, Middle Tennessee is positioned to be a leader in the electric vehicle industry," said Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville. "We are proud to be one of a very select group of U.S. communities to have a critical mass of publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure."

ECOtality began installations of its Blink Level 2 Wall Mount charging stations in EV Project regions nationwide last December, and has since installed more than 1,200 commercial and residential chargers. It plans to deploy approximately 2,500 residential, commercial and DC fast charging stations in Tennessee by the end of the year.

The EV Project, managed by ECOtality and funded by the Department of Energy through stimulus grants, will provide an electric vehicle infrastructure to support the deployment of 8,300 vehicles.

"Tennessee is one of the original pilot launch markets for The EV Project and has the largest geographic footprint of any EV Project area," said Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality. "We are on track to electrify more than 500 miles of EV freeway throughout Tennessee."

The company said anyone will be able to charge at Blink charging stations using a Blink InCard and it also offers a membership program. For more information visit the Blink Network website.

ECOtality is currently in discussions with property owners for installations of public charging stations. Last year, Cracker Barrel announced it would install charging stations in 24 Tennessee locations as part of the project.  Some national retailers are also on board, including Sears, Fred Meyer, Macy's, BP/Arco, and Best Buy.

Businesses in the state of Tennessee interested in hosting Blink charging stations should contact Stephanie Cox, Tennessee Area Manager at ECOtality, at or 615.504.4928.

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