IKEA Plugs In EV Charging Stations At California Store

IKEA Plugs In EV Charging Stations At California Store

The home furnishings retailer installs four Blink Pedestal chargers at its Carson branch, in partnership with ECOtality.

Emma Hutchings
  • 14 november 2011

Swedish retailer IKEA has added four Blink Pedestal electric vehicle charging stations at its store in Carson, California. They were plugged in as part of a partnership with ECOtality, a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies and manager of The EV Project, which aims to provide the necessary infrastructure to support the deployment of electric vehicles.

IKEA Plugs In EV Charging Stations At California Store

To charge an EV at the Carson branch of IKEA, drivers can pull into a designated parking space, swipe the Blink InCard available from the company’s website, and plug the charger into their vehicle. They can then go shopping or have something to eat in the store while their vehicle is charging up. Maike Buhmann, the store manager at IKEA Carson, said:

We are thrilled at how these electric-vehicle charging stations further the sustainability of IKEA Carson, and now are available to the public. We appreciate the support of ECOtality and Southern California Edison — our partners in helping facilitate and promote the use of EVs in Southern California.

This installation is the second project of its kind for IKEA in the United States, and the retailer also plans to add more charging stations at seven other stores on the west coast.



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