A subsidiary of Scottsdale-based ECOtality Inc. signed a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy for a grant of $99.8 million to deploy what the company said is the largest charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in history.
Electric Transportation Engineering Corp., or eTec, will deploy more than 11,000 chargers and 4,700 Nissan Leaf zero-emission electric vehicles in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.
The company has launched an official Web site for the project, www.theEVproject.com, to sign up to receive free charge infrastructure at a home or business. It also provides maps to show where charge stations are located.
"We can now work to make widespread electric vehicle use a reality by studying lessons learned from this project and providing a blueprint for other cities to adopt electric vehicles," said ECOtality President Jonathan Read.