Ecotality poised to roll out fast-charging EV infrastructure--photos
Electric vehicles equipped with fast-charging capability are headed to production and will be on the road next year. All that's needed to reduce the charging time for these cars from hours to minutes are Level 3 440-volt fast-charging stations. But to date, none are public. Ecotality, a clean technology company in Scottsdale, Arizona, wants to fill that void. Ecotality designs and sells these rapid rechargers for $15,00-$35,000, depending on the structure requirements, mostly to warehouses and airports for fleet vehicles. But drivers may soon be charging up at these stations in shopping malls and gas stations in the near future. Ecotality spokesman Colin Read said that these charging stations will help extend the range of all-electric vehicles and ease consumer anxiety of getting stuck on the road with a dead battery.
Will EVs get the get the best parking spots at the mall? This rendering from Ecotality shows what a fast-charging EV station could look like when implemented at a mall, grocery store, or any place people spend 10 to 20 minutes.
For the moment, fast-charging stations are installed only in warehouses and airports to charge fleet vehicles. This photo shows a typical distribution center installation of Ecotality's charging systems.
This close up shows a Level 3 fast-charging station. This station was designed for a warehouse distribution center. The next generation of rapid recharge stations for the public are designed to be more customer-friendly.