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USA: Electric vehicle chargers coming to 28 Phoenix-area Fry’s stores

Ecotality Inc. and The Kroger Co., which owns the Valley’s Fry’s grocery stores, announced today an expanded partnership to bring electric car charging stations to 28 stores in the Phoenix area.

Ecotality (Nasdaq:ECTY), a leader in clean, electric transportation technologies, which has its operations center in Phoenix, is bringing more than 200 level-2, quick-charge charging stations, and 25 DC Fast Chargers, to stores in key markets through the EV (Electric Vehicle) Project. The project, a public-private partnership funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a research initiative to help build America’s future electric vehicle infrastructure.

The multimillion-dollar expansion will grow the number of Blink chargers at the Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger Family of Stores to close to 300.

Ecotality is working with Kroger (NYSE:KR) to install Blink EV charging stations at 28 Fry’s locations in Arizona, including stores in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe and Glendale.

“As plug-in electric and hybrid cars are becoming more popular with our customers, we are pleased to offer the convenience of electric vehicle charging stations at more of our stores in markets with the highest demand,” said Keith Dailey, a Kroger spokesman, in a statement. “Kroger is excited to contribute to the growth of this national network.”

The agreement includes a $1.5 million investment by Kroger to install more than 200 Blink charging stations at 125 locations in several key markets, including Phoenix, San Diego and Los Angeles. These stations will be added to the 60 stations already installed in Oregon and Washington, and 14 in Texas

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