Blink Charging announced on Wednesday that it has been awarded a cooperative purchasing agreement from the Region 1 Planning Council in Northern Illinois. The initial plan estimates up to 700 charging stations to be installed over the 10 years signed on the agreement.
The Council enables collaborative long-range planning and economic development efficiencies for several counties across Northern Illinois and will now be using Blink’s EV charging equipment along with the network services.
“We’re pleased to have won this opportunity to bring our state-of-the-art technology and equipment to the member communities and agencies who work with the Region 1 Planning Council in Northern Illinois,” commented Brendan Jones, President of Blink Charging. “We are seeing tremendous opportunities in the marketplace, reflecting the heightened commitment from local, state and federal entities to establish cost effective and convenient EV infrastructure as the transition to electric vehicles gains momentum. It’s particularly gratifying to win a competitive bidding process like the one for the Region 1 Planning Council, as we believe their selection of Blink speaks to the growing market recognition for the versatility and performance of our EV charging technology, equipment, and network.”
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The contract for EV charging equipment and services for up to a 10-year term will enable members of R1’s council of governments to participate under any of Blink’s deployment models with favorable negotiated terms as awarded.
In June, the company signed a definitive agreement to acquire SemaConnect, a leading provider of EV charging infrastructure solutions in North America. The company reached a deal for $200 million and will now add nearly 13,000 EV chargers to Blink’s existing footprint, an additional 3,800 site host locations, and over 150,000 registered EV driver members.
Recently, Blink reached an agreement with Q-Park of $3.7 million, a leading parking infrastructure owner and operator in Europe, to deploy nearly 600 charging points across 80 sites in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The first installations will start in July and will include the modernization of the existing charging infrastructure with EB Charging’s state-of-the-art hardware, Blink Charging said.