With Best Buy considering selling electric cars, soon you’ll be able to charge your EV at that other blue and yellow big box retailer, IKEA. Thanks to a new partnership with ECOtality, 10 of the oversized furniture stores located in the Western U.S. will receive new Blink electric car charging stations as a part of a the EV Project, a partnership funded by both private organizations and the U.S. Department of Energy.
No official announcement has been made as to which stores will receive the charging stations, but states where locations are being considered include Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. ECOtality will install and manage the charging stations, while IKEA, “will be responsible for preparing sites for installation, keeping them orderly and reporting charging information to ECOtality.” The pilot project will run until December 2012.
“We are excited this partnership will make charging stations more accessible to the many people choosing to drive electric vehicles,” said Mike Ward, IKEA U.S. president. “Hosting charging stations at IKEA locations known for regional draws furthers our commitment to a smaller carbon footprint and technological opportunities that help protect the environment. This project is part of a global effort to promote the sustainable transport of people.”
In total ECOtality will establish 14,000 electric car charging stations in the U.S. at both residential and commercial locations.