Ecotality “Blink” Network Sold to Car Charging GroupThursday, October 17, 2013
What This Change of Ownership Means for Oregon
Ecotality Inc, the maker of Blink electric-vehicle-charging stations, recently declared bankruptcy. The Blink charging station network in Oregon is substantial, including about 450 public level 2 charging stations (about 75% of Oregon’s network) and 15 DC Fast Charge locations (about 25% of Oregon’s network.) The charging network was recently purchased by the Car Charging Group. On a recent call with investors, Car Charging Group CEO Michael Farkas stated that the firm would honor and service all Blink chargers (in-home and public) and would honor all Ecotality commitments to install level two chargers.
Drive Oregon is a member of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA)
Drive Oregon has been convening stakeholders over the past weeks to track the bankruptcy process and develop a coordinated response. We have also invited Mr. Farkas and his team to visit Oregon at their earliest convenience, and have offered to help organize a series of stakeholder meetings here.
Some Blink competitors have already begun to approach site hosts with discount offers and we expect to see a flurry of information and offers in the months ahead. If you host a Blink station, we encourage you to carefully review your rights under your host agreement – and to note the expiration date (often December 31, 2013, but some expired sooner.) If your charger is working, there is no need to take action yet; if it is not working, we encourage you to report that fact immediately under the terms of your site host agreement. Mr. Farkas also invited anyone with issues associated with non-working charging stations, to email him directly at email@example.com.
We will continue to monitor this fast-changing situation and to keep you updated. If you have other questions, or would like to discuss the situation further, feel free to contact Zach Henkin at Drive Oregon at firstname.lastname@example.org.