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Pala Casino Spa & Resort recently became the first in San Diego County to install electrical vehicle supply equipment at its facility. Yesterday the casino unveiled two BLINK charging systems in its west garage.

Andrew Hoskinson, area manager for ECOtality, Inc. (nationwide provider of BLINK systems), was the first to put the chargers to use, plugging in his Nissan Leaf before returning to San Diego. “The availability of the BLINK equipment here at Pala is very significant, because there is now a charging station in an outlying, rural area in Southern California for the owners of electric automobiles. This greatly improves travel distances for electric vehicles,” Hoskinson said.

The chargers will be added to BLINK’s interactive charging station map, which can guide customers in need to charging stations, alerting them in advance if there’s an available charger at their intended location. Pala plans to charge customers $4 per hour for use, with the Leaf taking eight hours to fully charge compared to four for the Chevrolet Volt.

Pictured: ECOtality BLINK system (publicity photo)

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paul Sept. 10, 2011 @ 3:45 p.m.


Those are 3.3 kwh chargers. An hour at normal low tier EV rates would cost the casino about 35 cents.


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