Macy’s wires up for EVs
May 4, 2011 (Graeme Irvine, Editor www.RareMetalBlog.com) – “Nissan is pleased to report that the first vessel carrying post earthquake-produced Nissan LEAFs is scheduled to arrive to U.S. shores April 27,” said Carlos Tavares, Chairman, Nissan Americas, at the keynote address of the New York International Auto Show.
Of course without public places to recharge them, public uptake will be slow, so the announcement that Macy’s is joining in a pilot public recharging program at 6 stores in San Diego of great interest. Over the course of the next year, both ECOtality and Macy’s will gather practical experience and feedback at public recharging. At first only the early adopters will be using Macy’s pilot program recharging facilities, but if EV succeeds, Macy’s operates 810 stores with another 41 branded as Bloomingdale’s. In addition, Macy’s employs roughly 161,000 employees, many of which in time will become owners of EV autos. Looking ahead, Macy’s management (and management at other large chain stores,) can see another source of revenue arriving if it can get the recharging model right. There’s more than one way to keep the shareholder’s happy. Recharging fees offer Macy’s and others, the chance to develop a new diverse profit source.
Nissan to accelerate U.S. Leaf deliveries; reservations reopen May 1
—-Beginning May 1, the Japanese automaker will reopen reservations for the Nissan Leaf, starting with the launch states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. Individuals who have registered on Nissan’s Leaf reservation website will get first dibs to reserve a spot in line to buy the electric hatchback.
The Blink Network of charging stations provides all EV drivers the freedom to travel wherever they choose and charge at commercial locations conveniently identified along the way. EV drivers will be able to charge at any Blink station through a variety of options including interoperable RFID cards or fobs, smartphone applications, and mobile phone and credit card based payment options. Consumers may also yield even greater advantages of the Blink Network, such as discounted charging rates, reservation systems, and enhanced Blink Network capabilities by becoming Blink Members.
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