US-based ECOtality has been selected to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at Macy's department stores in the San Diego Metropolitan area, under the EV project.

Through the partnership, ECOtality will begin installing its Blink EV Level 2 commercial pedestal charging stations at Macy’s store locations this year.

Macy’s and ECOtality will identify six Macy’s store locations in the San Diego metropolitan area for the installation of two Blink Level 2 commercial pedestal chargers outside each store.

Macy’s will work with ECOtality to pilot the use of Blink EV chargers, and if successful, it plans to expand the project to more locations within the EV project, the company said.

The company also said the fully interactive seven-inch, color touch screens and web-based information delivery via the Blink Network provide media and marketing opportunities for businesses, with or without chargers at their locations.

The EV project is funded by the US Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant of $114.8m secured from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The project will also secure $230m in private investment.