The EV Project is the largest deployment of electric vehicles and charge 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 is deploying chargers in major cities and metropolitan areas across the United States. Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan LEAF are partners in The EV Project and drivers who qualify to participate receive a residential charger at no cost. In addition, a portion of the installation cost will be paid for by The EV Project.
The EV Project collects and analyzes data to characterize vehicle use in diverse topographic and climatic conditions, evaluates the effectiveness of charge infrastructure, and conducts 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 thousands of EVs, and the charging infrastructure supporting them, to enable the streamlined deployment of the next generation of EVs to come.
The EV Project has qualified LEAF and Volt customers for participation based upon home electrical power capabilities. Because a significant amount of vehicle charging takes place at EV driver residences, a portion of The EV Project funding supports home charging units, or more correctly called “Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment” (EVSE). In exchange for allowing the collection of vehicle and charge information, participants receive a Blink wall mount charger at not cost, and in select locations, up to a $400 credit toward the installation. This information includes data from both the vehicle and the EVSE, including energy used and time and duration of charger use. No personal information is being shared or included in the data to be analyzed.
As of January 31, 2013, The EV Project goal for residential charging units will be met. While no longer accepting applications, EV drivers are invited to participate in the Project by signing up for a Blink Membership to charge their vehicles at any of the almost 3,000 publicly accessible Blink Chargers.