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Here’s one more reason why it’s great to go to IKEA – the store has installed three Blink Pedestal electric vehicle charging stations at its San Diego, California store.
IKEA is on a mission to be green, and the Swedish retail empire has partnered up with ECOtality, a company that specializes in electric transportation and storage technologies. The San Diego store is the third IKEA location to offer charging stations for EV drivers, so you can charge while you shop for home décor items with funny names. This location also boasts a solar energy system on its roof, so the charging stations are the perfect complement.
To use the EV charging stations, you’ll need a Blink InCard – just swipe and charge. The ECOtality system will be installed in another six IKEA locations in the near future.
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.