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One distributor of ChargePoint electric-vehicle charging stations is making an offer some owners of Ecotality's Blink stations may not be able to refuse. National Car Charging will offer dual-port Blink station owners a $2,200 trade-in credit for ChargePoint's new CT400 station and a $1,200 trade-in credit for single-port Blink station owners, according to the website Dontblinknow.biz. ChargePoint was formerly known as Coulomb Technologies and started selling the CT400 this summer, which features two simultaneous ports, a self-retracting cord and an LCD video screen that can display ads.

National Car Charging is promoting ChargePoint's network of more than 13,000 stations across North America and will honor the trade-in offer until December 15. Ecotality filed for bankruptcy protection last month and recently had its assets put up for auction. The winning bidder was a division of CarCharging Group, which paid $3.4 million for Ecotality's assets, including more than 12,000 installed Level II charging stations and 110 DC fast-charging stations.

In March, Ecotality and ChargePoint said they were forming a joint-venture called Collaboratev LLC. The partnership would allow for subscribers to Ecotality's Blink network to pay and charge at the ChargePoint stations, as well as vice-versa, and would allow for integrated billing. So much for that idea.