Sprint to connect Ecotality’s electric car chargers nationwide

Electric car charging company Ecotality announced today it has partnered with Sprint to its electric car charging stations. The partnership will make stations searchable on GPS and will enable billing services and the ability to track data on charging habits.

Projects in 2010 took aim at cleantech’s chicken-and-egg dilemma

Green technologies can face expensive and complicated chicken-and-egg questions when it comes to infrastructure. Which comes first, the electric car or the charging station? The wind farm or the transmission lines? There have been some notable efforts this year by companies to take the first leap. Here are a couple worth watching in 2011:

On the GreenBeat: GE puts $28 million in China wind JV, Amyris shares start trading today

GE announced it has formed a joint venture with Chinese company Harbin Power Equipment to service the $13 billion wind industry in China. The country is the world’s biggest market for wind turbine sales, according to the release, and is expected to grow 500 percent from 2009 to 150 gigawatts of installed wind capacity by 2020. China’s electricity demands are growing at 12 percent a year, and the government’s encouraging renewable-energy policies convinced GE to invest in the venture, the company said. GE’s share of the venture is valued at $27.8 million, Bloomberg reports.

On the GreenBeat: GE partners with Better Place, smart grid market poised to hit $9.6 billion by 2015

GE and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure startup Better Place announced a partnership this morning. The collaboration will build compatibility between the products of the two companies, finance battery purchases abroad and push for greater EV adoption. The companies will help finance the purchase of 10,000 EV batteries in Israel and Denmark and will make GE’s WattStation charging stations (pictured) compatible with Better Place’s network of EV infrastructure. [Update: Check out our in-depth look at how the partnership will work.]

Ford teams with Oncor in Texas, and we test drive Ford’s electric car

Ford announced today that it will partner with Texas utility giant Oncor to prepare the northern region of the state for electric vehicles (EVs). The collaboration will range from consumer education to working behind-the-scenes to gather data and prepare the grid for EVs.

Charging your electric car at home: What you need to know

One of the most important aspects of electric-car ownership might not be how they drive, or how far you’ll go on a charge, but how you’ll actually charge it in the first place.