Portland, OR — IKEA has plugged-in two electric vehicle charging stations at its Portland, Ore., store. The initiative is the first such project for IKEA in the U.S.
Portland, OR — Sweden-based home furnishings retailer IKEA has officially plugged-in two Blink Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations at its Portland, Ore., store as part of its partnership with ECOtality, Inc., a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. This initiative is the first such project for IKEA in the United States. Installation also is planned at eight other IKEA stores in the western U.S.
“IKEA has a never-ending job of asking what we can do today for a better tomorrow,” says Alessandra Zini, IKEA Portland store manager. “Hosting electric-vehicle charging stations at IKEA Portland is one way to help accomplish this goal.”
ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project, a public-private partnership funded in part by a federal stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide the necessary infrastructure to support the deployment of EVs. ECOtality is overseeing the installation of approximately 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 cities and major metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia. IKEA stores are in four of those states.
IKEA Portland, which opened in 2007, was awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
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