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Ecotality moves HQ to San Francisco

Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:25 pm

Ecotality is the company in charge of EV Project.

http://sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com/san ... ily26.html
Ecotality Inc., which makes battery chargers for electric vehicles, moved its head office to San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center.
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“The Bay Area is a nexus for the electric vehicle industry,” the company said in explaining its move.
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Its main product is a fast charger for electric vehicle batteries, though it also works on specialty solar products, batteries and fuel cells. Its charging technology is licensed from the California Institute of Technology.
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Jonathan Read, who used to run the Shakey’s International pizza business, has been Ecotality’s CEO since 2006 and Barry Baer, a retired U.S. Army colonel, is chief financial officer. Donald Karner is boss of the Electric Transportation Engineering unit.
ps : There was some talk the project was in jeopardy when cities on the west coast started passing resolutions banning any contracts for AZ based companies following Arizona's controversial immigration law. So much so, Ecotality actually issued a statement saying the projects were not in jeopardy as the contracts had already been signed.

I don't know whether this move has anything to do with that problem, though.

edit : Here, the view from the loser city.

http://phoenix.bizjournals.com/phoenix/ ... ily30.html
The decision is based primarily on business reasons, she said. But when asked if politics played a role, she responded, "How could it not." Everyone, including ECOtality has taken note of what's going on in Arizona, she said.
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Re: Ecotality moves HQ to San Francisco

Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:12 pm

Perhaps they may decide to put something in their home city- LOL. No free chargers in SF but in AZ, the irony!

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Re: Ecotality moves HQ to San Francisco

Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:48 am

EVDRIVER wrote:Perhaps they may decide to put something in their home city- LOL. No free chargers in SF but in AZ, the irony!
From the article it looks like only exec are "moving". More likely this is just an address move ... like they "move" the HQ of a major multinational to some island for tax purposes.
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Re: Ecotality moves HQ to San Francisco

Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:52 am

evnow wrote:
EVDRIVER wrote:Perhaps they may decide to put something in their home city- LOL. No free chargers in SF but in AZ, the irony!
From the article it looks like only exec are "moving". More likely this is just an address move ... like they "move" the HQ of a major multinational to some island for tax purposes.

To the EV center of the nation that has no charging program in place, and lost other EV related bids and deal. Kind of sad when the Plug in America HQ is here as well!

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Re: Ecotality moves HQ to San Francisco

Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:40 am

To the EV center of the nation that has no charging program in place, and lost other EV related bids and deal. Kind of sad when the Plug in America HQ is here as well!
May be that's exactly the synergy that's needed (thinking positively here).
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Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:00 am

LEAFer wrote:May be that's exactly the synergy that's needed (thinking positively here).
Difficult to say ...
The move just involves the CEO, CFO and business development team, said spokeswoman Jeanine L’Ecuyer.
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Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:02 am

AndyH wrote: What exactly do you think the Arizona law does? And why is it illegal?
Gary is saying the opposite - I'm going to move politics related posts to a different thread.
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Re: Ecotality moves HQ to San Francisco

Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:03 pm

evnow wrote:
AndyH wrote: What exactly do you think the Arizona law does? And why is it illegal?
Gary is saying the opposite - I'm going to move politics related posts to a different thread.

Well we can't blame the SF stuff on Bush, oh well:) PErhaps the new Mayor will get it right!

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Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:07 pm

EVDRIVER wrote:Well we can't blame the SF stuff on Bush, oh well:)
Hmmmm ... not so sure. Tell me what bad/good thing happenned in SF - and which president to blame/credit. I'll figure it out :mrgreen:
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Re: Ecotality moves HQ to San Francisco

Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:36 pm

evnow wrote:
EVDRIVER wrote:Well we can't blame the SF stuff on Bush, oh well:)
Hmmmm ... not so sure. Tell me what bad/good thing happenned in SF - and which president to blame/credit. I'll figure it out :mrgreen:

I meant for the EV blunders. But in the end he is to blame:)

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