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Ecotality trying to fix charging station problems by reducing power – AutoblogGreen

In Blink electric-vehicle charging-station maker Ecotality’s case, less juice from the banks and government means less juice for its customers. A funding shortfall is forcing Ecotality to address a software glitch within approximately 12,000 stations by reducing the power they supply to plugged-in plug-in vehicles.

Blink Level 2 stations that emit more than 30 amps can cause overheating that can, in some situations, melt the stations’ handles and potentially damage vehicles such as the Ford Focus Electric, Toyota RAV4 EV and Honda Fit EV, Plug In Carssays, citing Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed by the company. The problem was discovered August 9.

Because of funding issues within the fledgling company, Ecotality doesn’t have the cash to fix the software problem right now, which is why the company is merely reducing the power supplied by such stations. That means that Level 2 stations that are expected to deliver as many as 20 miles of driving range per charging hour may only deliver about half that distance.


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