mwalsh wrote:Positioning for an equity stake perhaps?
Nissan may have no choice but to purchase, or more likely to broker a purchase of Ecotality. Their batteries are degrading faster than they expected - much worse than 70% remaining in 10 years. With Blink stations operating that only means that Leaf is slightly less convenient and more expensive to operate than it would be with better batteries. But if Blink stations were to close then a lot of Leafs would no longer be adequate, and dumped onto a resale market with no buyers the value would collapse. Then they wouldn't be able to sell new Leafs even if they did develop a longer lasting battery or add thermal management - the name would be ruined.
So I'll bet that Nissan will broker a deal sending Ecotality to Chargepoint or to evGo.