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Mariners install electric-car charging stations at Safeco Field

Seattle MarinersWell, this isn’t something you see every day: the Seattle Mariners are installing four electric vehicle charging stations available for public use at Safeco Field.

The four Blink Pedestal Charging Stations are located on the plaza next to the Safeco Field parking garage. The stations are part of The EV Project, which will install approximately 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and is overseen by ECOtality, Inc.

The four charging stations at Safeco Field are Level 2, or 240 volt AC input. Each is capable of fully re-charging a vehicle battery in two-to-six hours. Anyone can plug into the charging stations 24 hours a day, even on days when the Mariners are not playing. Each Blink Pedestal features a touch screen with information on charge status, cost, payment options (mobile phone or credit card) and billing information. Charging costs are set by ECOtality.

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