Blink charging stations will also be installed on major transportation corridors between Seattle store locations and the US border with Canada.

The company said installation of Blink charging stations at Fred Meyer stores will begin this year.

ECOtality will work with Fred Meyer as well as relevant area stakeholders to utilize the company’s EV Micro-Climate process to determine which stores are suitable for installation.

The Blink Level 2 commercial charging stations incorporate the smart elements of the Blink design and provide intelligent, user-friendly features to intuitively and safely charge electric vehicles, including fully interactive color touch screens and web-based information delivery via the Blink Network.

ECOtality, as the project manager will oversee the installation of commercial and residential charging stations in 18 cities and major metropolitan areas throughout six states and the District of Columbia.

The project is funded by the US Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant of $114.8m made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which are matched by private investment, bringing the total value of the project to $230m.

ECOtality is a developer of electric transportation and storage technologies while Fred Meyer is a a division of The Kroger.