ECOtality's Minit Charger Unveils Revolutionary Minit Charger 12

ECOtality's Minit Charger Unveils Revolutionary Minit Charger 12

New Industrial Product Launched at ProMat 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ECOtality, Inc.
(Nasdaq:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage
technologies, announced today the launch of the fastest opportunity charger
ever built for the material handling industry, the Minit-Charger 12.

Not only is the Minit-Charger 12 the most versatile and adaptable opportunity
charger available for this category, but it is also the most feature-rich.
Interactive, real-time charge controls ensure a proper charge, while
maintaining optimal battery health by avoiding overcharging and extending the
useful life of batteries by up to 40%. Additionally, the patented
Minit-Charger algorithm delivers the fastest charge in the industry, while
reducing the need for multiple spare batteries—potentially saving thousands of
dollars a year.

"The Minit-Charger 12 is the future of Opportunity Charging," said Murray
Jones, COO of ECOtality, Inc. "We listened to the needs of our customers and
market requirements, and developed a product that delivers not only a fast and
efficient charge, but is stacked with features that will save time, money and
extend battery life."

The Unique features of the Minit-Charger 12 include:

  *Patented algorithms allowing the highest sustained charge rate in the
    industry at 250 DC Amps
  *Universal model works with all batteries, all battery capacities and
    voltages from 24-80 volts
  *Sequencing option reduces AC circuit requirements by 50% and creates the
    potential for a significant reduction in peak kW demand
  *Automatically de-stratifies battery during charge to ensure longer life
  *Equalizes on demand or based on user schedule
  *Compatible with new BIM battery module and current BDC battery module
  *Capable of recharging sealed and flooded batteries

"The Minit-Charger 12 raises the industry bar," continued Jones. "Bringing the
advanced technology of our high-end fast chargers to the opportunity charging
market is yet another innovation from Minit-Charger in an industry we
pioneered over 15 years ago."

For more information on the new Minit-Charger 12 and other industrial products
please visit www.minitcharger.com.

About ECOtality, Inc.

ECOtality, Inc. (Nasdaq:ECTY), headquartered in San Francisco, California, is
a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. Through
innovation, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships, ECOtality accelerates
the market applicability of advanced electric technologies to replace
carbon-based fuels. For more information about ECOtality, Inc., please visit
www.ecotality.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section
27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All forward-looking statements
are inherently uncertain as they are based on current expectations and
assumptions concerning future events or future performance of the company.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking
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In evaluating such statements, prospective investors should review carefully
various risks and uncertainties identified in this release and matters set in
the company's SEC filings. These risks and uncertainties could cause the
Company's actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the
forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Media:
         Kim Setliff
         Antenna Group for ECOtality
         kimberly@antennagroup.com
         (415) 977-1942
        
         Investor Relations:
         Ronald A. Both
         Managing Director, Liolios Group
         ron@liolios.com
         (949) 574-3860

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