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August 20, 2012

Stephanie Cox, Services Area Manager of ECOtality
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Stephanie Cox Addresses the Meeting.

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InterContinental Chicago Hotel
 505 North Michigan Ave
 Chicago, IL 60611
The EV Project Website
report and commentary by Ed Vincent

There is a lot of talk of being green, and unfortunately a lot of it is just talk. Some of the areas which have done well are doing so with recycling and conservation of energy in their home with better insulation.  Many residents now have the new compact fluorescent bulbs in their homes and also with more energy-efficient appliances, to help give a more green hue to the world.

I should note here that I purchased a Chevrolet VOLT in April of this year and I am  incredibly pleased with it, I only wish they had a convertible.  Before I bought the
VOLT I looked at every one of its competitors and in the electric market there was nothing that even came close for the value or the styling.  The Nissan Leaf is a poor excuse for a design with limited range, not having a generator on board.  The new Mitsubishi produced in Illinois, having limited range of 62 miles per charge is also stifled by not having an additional source of energy to power it.  I should also not forget to mention the fact that the Mitsubishi looks like a silver plated German cockroach, so to say the design is lacking something would be an understatement. 

Tesla Motors is unique and imaginative and I applaud their efforts, but even they have some weird quirks, because they too are limited by the length of distance (
they are getting a reported 300 miles on a unit that sells for about $100,000
) that by the power only in the battery and the genius is that they decided to use a different connector which prohibits them from plugging into the power charging stations used by all other cars around the country.

The quantity of charging stations and their comical placements (
by a drugstore instead of train stations and big box stores
) where people can charge their vehicles for more than a few minutes.  The scarcity of charging stations for the general public is only explained or justified by the poor sales of electric cars.  In Oak Park, in the second year of incentives offered by the Village, only two or so cars have  been registered, and I live in a liberal town and one that prides itself of being green.

Electric Car Animation Video

One of the reason that I bought the
Chevrolet VOLT was the $11,000 of tax incentives offered by the State and Federal government, even though my town did not, but that was only a $50.00 item.  So for most of the readers of this article I want to say thank you for helping me buy my car.

It is a wonderful car, but some of the people selling it have no idea about the car at all and that is sad and unfortunate.  I was told by one salesman on a test drive that the car did not do any regenerative charging to the battery while braking or coasting that that was only for hybrid engines--he was not only wrong but so wrong that he must not have had any classes in science.

Chevrolet VOLT review

We will have more to say later, but for right now the EV market is still Science Fiction for many people in the world and even here in the United States where the price is about $30,000 for a base model after you deduct the tax breaks, and with 5 year loans with no interest--there still is little enthusiasm from the buyers.

Rich Gordus, SmartGrid Manager for ComEd, and VOLT owner.

Argonne Lab Research Engineer Mike Duoba Speaks on new Batteries

The EV Project is to help get more people either with or wanting to get Electric cars, obtain faster charging stations in their garage.

The EV Project Website

The EV Project®

ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECTY) is Project Manager for The EV Project®, the largest
deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure in history.

On August 5, 2009, ECOtality was awarded a $99.8 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to embark on this Project. The Project was officially launched on October 1, 2009.

In June 2010, the Project was granted an additional $15 million by the U.S. Department of Energy. With partner matches, the total value of the Project is now approximately $230 million.

ECOtality will deploy Blink electric vehicle charging stations in major metropolitan areas across the United States. Chevrolet and Nissan North America are partners in The EV Project. Both Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF drivers who qualify to participate in The EV Project will receive a residential charger at no cost. In addition, most, if not all of the installation cost, will be paid for by The EV Project in most markets.

The EV Project will collect and analyze data to characterize vehicle use in diverse topographic and climatic conditions, evaluate the effectiveness of charge infrastructure, and conduct trials of various revenue systems for commercial and public charge infrastructures. The ultimate goal of The EV Project is to take the lessons learned from the deployment of the first generation of EVs, and the charging infrastructure supporting them, to enable the streamlined deployment of the next 5,000,000 EVs.


Facts at a glance

• The largest deployment of electric vehicle charge infrastructure in history
• More than 35 million miles of data collected to date…and counting
• Thousands of grid-connected vehicles including Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet

• 60+ project partners
• 21 major cities and metropolitan areas in 9 states and the District of

Questions? Contact: info@ecotality.com

Learn more at theevproject.com or ecotality.com

Simply smarter.

Blink Wall Mount charger (Level 2)

Blink Pedestal   charger (Level 2)

Blink DC Fast Charger

The Blink DC Fast Charger is capable of a full charge in less than 30 minutes*, supplying a quick and efficient method to charge electric vehicles. DC Fast Charging (480 volt 3-Phase AC input) is the fastest method for charging vehicles in public, commercial, and fleet facilities.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) is a convenient means to charge electric vehicles. Level 2 charging (240 volt AC input) is a smart way to charge in residential, public, or commercial locations. Both the residential wall mount design (available in hardwired and plug-in models) and the commercial pedestal design provide intelligent, user-friendly features to easily and safely charge electric vehicles.

Benefits of Blink’s Unique Design

• Stylish and timeless design
• Simplifies the installation process
• Convenient configuration for a wide variety of physical layouts
• Conscious design for ADA considerations
• Convenient cable management for long reach and storage between uses
• Utilizes the SAE J1772 Standard

EV Connector

• Connector holster for protection and storage
• Intuitive connector docking
• 360º beacon light on pedestal model for easy wayfinding
• Specified advertising space on pedestal model

Additional Features

• Integrates with the Blink Network through multiple communication systems
• Communication systems include: Wireless IEEE 802.11g, cellular, and Ethernet capabilities
• Smart RFID technology allows for ease of payment
• Can operate independent of a retailer point of sale (POS) system
• Blink Network smartphone application provides:
• Charge station locations and GPS navigation
• Charge status
• Notification of completion or interruption of charge

• Web-based bi-directional information delivery and data flow
• AMI interface capable
• Internal meter to monitor energy and demand usage
• Supports energy usage data evaluation
• Safe in wet or dry conditions; UL listed

Design Benefits

• Simplified 2-piece design; separate Grid Power Unit (GPU - containing the power electronics) and charging station allow for ease of installation and design aesthetics
• Fully customizable exterior treatment and graphics available
• 42” LCD display for optional media and advertising
• Adspace available through the Blink Network to provide additional revenue
• Connects with AMI interface & smart meter capability for demand response and energy
• Dual ports for increased user access and availability
• Beacon light and window for increased visibility

Touch Screen

• Convenient, user-friendly touch screen display
• Charge status and statistics
• Easily programmable start/stop timing allows coordination with electric utility on/off peak time of use rates

Additional Features

• Integrates with the Blink Network smartphone application
• Intuitve and interactive touch screen display
• Utilizes CHAdeMO compliant EV connector

* Dependent on battery size, vehicle battery management system, state of charge, and operation under optimal conditions.

Learn more at blinknetwork.com

ECOtality continues to track your interest in The EV Project and wants to ensure that you are content with the process to register for the program. Currently we show that you have not had contact with the installer (SPX) to verify your qualification and register for a home assessment.

If you would like to register with SPX you can do so by phone at: 877-805-3873, or through their website at: https://homecharging.spx.com/portal/

The SPX website is general (it does not reference the EV Project or Blink on the front page) but please do not worry, they are the approved installer.  If you use the website, it will ask you to pick your vehicle (for Leaf it is listed as "other") Then it will ask you to register.

Upon your entry in to the EV Project you will receive a Blink Charging Station at no cost to you, as well as $400 towards the total cost of installation. Additionally if you are having any problems with responsiveness, please let us know so that we can address.

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