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Firestone Stores are Vying for EV and Hybrid Customers, Adding Charging
Firestone is rolling out expanded services for EV and hybrid drivers at certain service centers, as well as EV charging. Parent company, Bridgestone announced this Tuesday in a press release.
A total of 44 service centers in Austin and San Francisco will offer “inspections, diagnostics, maintenance and repairs” of high-voltage components for both hybrids and EVs. As well as “health checks and troubleshooting” for electric motors and battery packs.
Bridgestone is also partnering with Blink Charging. They will add 50 Level 2 charging stations at 25 Firestone stores in the first quarter in 2022. The chargers will be installed at locations in Austin, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Blink Charging Announces Partnership with Bridgestone to Deploy Level 2 EV Chargers at its Retail Auto Centers
Blink Charging Co continues to expand its repertoire of US partners. As it announced it has partnered with Bridgestone Retail Operations to supply its IQ 200 Level 2 EV chargers. At this time, 25 Firestone Complete Auto Care and Wheel Works locations across the US will be supplied.
Moreover, the IQ 200 has quickly become a popular EV charger for Blink. As it recently announced plans to deploy thousands of them to the front and back of house at GM dealerships across the US and Canada.
Also as part of the agreement, Blink will implement its IQ 200 EV chargers at 25 Bridgestone service centers as the company looks to address the growing needs of EV drivers.
To begin, Blink will install its EV chargers at pilot locations. Following markets with a significant or growing electric vehicle footprint. This includes Austin, TX; Denver, CO; plus Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. The other retail chargers will follow.
Georgia Tries to Become Manufacturing Leader in an Industry That’s no Sure Thing
Georgia officials want the state to be a leader in manufacturing electric vehicles, which could very well be the next big thing.
SK Battery America is nearing completion of a $2.6 billion EV battery plant northeast of the city. And many EV suppliers are expected to follow close behind.
However, Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz and other automakers with big EV plans may run into production problems that may delay product launches or force recalls.
But unlike gas stations, many parts of Georgia are EV charging deserts. No charging stations are located along four-lane U.S. Highway 441 from McRae to the Florida state line, a 116-mile drive.
More charging stations are coming, said Rich Simmons, a research engineer at Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute. Moreover, the recently approved federal infrastructure bill has earmarked $135 million to Georgia for installations.
Electric Truck Charging: Can Infrastructure Keep Pace with Demand?
Boosted by billions of dollars for electrification infrastructure, is the rapidly advancing market for battery-powered commercial trucks. Which will soon learn whether there is enough juice to begin scaling a transformation from diesel to zero tailpipe emission electric transport.
Four areas are critical to trucking electrification: the trucks, batteries, chargers and ample electric power. The latter of which is the biggest unknown.
The Federal Jobs Act included $2.5 billion for electric infrastructure. And the California Energy Commission (CEC) set aside $50 million. Money for U.S. development of battery cells and other key components does not have a specific limit for commercial vehicles.
As a result, big fleets with big bucks can make their way to adopting battery-electric trucks by taking advantage of being first. To date they have used up most of the grant money available through California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). So large fleets have other levers to pull for public help.
Blink Charging Teams Up with Bridgestone to Supply IQ 200 Level 2 EV Chargers at 25 Locations Across the US
Blink Charging Co. is an international EV charging network operating over 30,000 ports. And across 13 different countries. Aside from charging hardware and services, Blink’s Network uses cloud-based software. Which in turn operates and tracks connected charging stations, and gets all the data that it provides.
The IQ 200 has immediately become a popular EV charger for Blink. Given the recently announced plans to deploy thousands of them to the front and back of the house at GM dealerships, across Canada and the United States. Additionally, Blink looks to further expand its IQ 200 EV chargers network at Bridgestone retail locations, too.
Moreover, as part of the partnership, Blink will implement its IQ 200 EV chargers at 25 Bridgestone service centers. While the company works to address the increasing needs of drivers for electronic vehicles, according to Tire Business.
The initial EV charger rollout will cater to 25 locations of Firestone and Wheel Works. As they will each receive a dual-port, Blink IQ 200 Level 2 charging station.