Within Weeks of Acquisition, CarCharging Honors Commitment to Customers and Restores Service in Key Locations
Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI) (“CarCharging”), a nationwide provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services, announced that servicing of the Blink charging stations is already well underway. Since its purchase of the Blink Network and all Blink-related assets a little more than a month ago, CarCharging’s service team has successfully restored service to more than 200 highly-utilized Blink public EV charging stations, including Level II and DC Fast chargers, in California, New Jersey, Tennessee, and the greater metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Portland, Oregon. Approximately 1/3 of Blink’s public EV charging stations with known service needs when CarCharging acquired the Blink Network have been serviced and are now available for use. Therefore, more than 95% of the Blink EV charging stations are fully functioning, which makes the Blink Network one of the most reliable EV charging networks. CarCharging intends to increase this figure to upwards of 99% before the end of 2013.
Locations of the Blink EV charging stations that were serviced and are now available include:
- Los Angeles: IKEA (Carson), Ralph’s (Marina del Rey), Loyola Marymount University, City of West Hollywood, The Grove.
- San Francisco: Facebook, Evernote, Intuit, Volkswagen (Belmont), Good Earth Market, and City of Hayward.
- New Jersey: Rutgers University and Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems.
- Tennessee: City of Knoxville, Trillium Cove Shopping Village, The Avenue (Murfreesboro Shopping Center), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, The Chattanoogan Hotel, McDonald’s (Hendersonville), and various Cracker Barrel locations.
- Philadelphia, PA: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Liberty Place Garage, Philadelphia Horticultural Society, and Parkway Corporation.
- Phoenix, AZ: AAA (Chandler), American Lung Association, Phoenix Hospital, and Two Renaissance Square.
- Portland, OR: various Kohl’s and Fred Meyer locations, IKEA, Hilton (Eugene), City of Gresham, Clackamas Community College, Mercantile Medical Plaza, and Zipcar.
“Since we acquired the Blink assets, it has been our primary goal to rectify the existing maintenance issues and we are delighted to have already begun completing service requests,” said Michael D. Farkas, CEO of CarCharging. “As an EV driver myself, I understand the need for reliable and consistent charging, and we want to assure our hosts and customers that we are committed to completing the service requests in all areas as quickly as possible.”
While CarCharging recently acquired more than 12,450 installed Blink Level II EV charging stations and 110 Blink DC Fast charging stations, ECOtality, the former owner of the Blink assets, filed bankruptcy in September 2013 and the service requests were not completed during the bankruptcy proceedings.
CarCharging has engaged a national network of trained electricians to service the Blink EV charging services and is actively expanding service operations across the Blink Network into Seattle, Chicago, Northern California, Georgia, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and other regions throughout the country. Blink customers with existing service tickets will be contacted directly in order to schedule service. CarCharging will honor the Blink equipment warranties and in order to provide charging capabilities to as many electric cars as possible, service for the most utilized public EV charging stations will receive first priority.