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USA: Electric-vehicle charge network survives

San Diego’s main charging network for electric vehicles is back from the brink.

ECOtality became the leading provider of commercial and residential electric vehicle charging stations for the San Diego area under a matching grant for $115 million in federal stimulus funds from the Department of Energy — but went bankrupt in September.

Miami Beach, Fla.-based CarCharging Group last week acquired the so-called Blink Network of charging stations from ECOtality. The assets, scooped up for $3.3 million in cash, include some 800 commercial plug-in locations in San Diego at shopping malls, office buildings and other parking lots.

“People are pleased that the Blink stations and network will remain operational,” said Suzanne Tamargo, a spokeswoman for CarCharging, in an email on Wednesday. “Our immediate goal is to resolve outstanding maintenance issues. … We are working on integrating EV charging stations from other providers and launching a solution that streamlines the charging and payment process.”
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