Posts By: Christian Ruoff

Proterra’s electric buses approach $1 billion in total pipeline sales opportunities

Will the transit vehicle market be the first to completely eliminate petroleum use? Proterra thinks so. During a recent interview for the latest issue of Charged, CEO Ryan Popple told us that the company is currently in contention for roughly 20% of the potential transit vehicle orders in the US over the next couple years,… Read more »

Wildcat Discovery Technology creates new experiments to accelerate battery research

The pulse of the industry: Wildcat Discovery Technology is at the forefront of battery research, solving problems and accumulating insight. When Charged wants to catch up on the newest trends in cutting-edge battery technology, there are a few companies we turn to for insight. At the top of the list is a group whose high-speed… Read more »

LG Chem Power CEO: We’re the Li-ion leader for PEVs because of material science

Q&A with LG Chem Power’s CEO: Dr. Prabhakar Patil on how the company became a Li-ion battery front-runner, the economics of building batteries, and why it spends little energy on what comes after lithium. Among Tier 1 automotive suppliers of lithium-ion cells, LG Chem is off to a clear lead, based on the number of announced… Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Stealthy EV startup Atieva ramps up hiring, including many top ex-Tesla engineers

Last month at the SAE World Congress in Detroit, Charged came across a very interesting booth in the career development section. Atieva, a company we’ve heard little about, is hiring a lot of engineers for a new EV project. “Atieva is designing and creating a breakthrough electric car in the heart of Silicon Valley,” says the… Read more »

Top 10 states for public EV charging infrastructure growth in 2015 Q1 (UPDATED)

The proliferation of public EV charging infrastructure in the US continues, with no sign of slowing down. The total number of public stations of all connector types and charging levels has skyrocketed from less than 1,000 in 2010 to more than 25,000, according to PlugShare Data.  Ambitious new infrastructure projects continue to be announced, including:… Read more »

Free fuel: over 63% of public PEV charging stations in the US are free to use

We hear a lot of discussion in the EV industry about all the possible business models for public charging. Will paid public charging ever be a profitable business in its own right? Will plug-in vehicle drivers pay a premium to charge away from home? Or, will it make more sense for businesses to offer charging… Read more »

CCS EV Fast Charging standard is about two years behind CHAdeMO in California

California is the most electrified state in the US, thanks in part to its ZEV mandate that requires automakers to produce a certain number of zero-emission vehicles. In addition to leading the way in EV adoption, the state has also installed the most public charging infrastructure, by far. According to PlugShare, there are about 6,597… Read more »

GM Exec: Low oil prices won’t stop our plans for electrification, MPG targets make it inevitable

How will low oil prices affect the growth in vehicle electrification? It’s a question we’ve heard a lot since the price of crude began to plummet about six months ago. A few studies have come out recently that find cheap oil has little or no effect on PEV sales. It seems that either buyers don’t… Read more »

Tesla Model S performs more cold-weather battery maintenance between trips than other EVs

Over the past five years, FleetCarma has been logging conventional vehicles in fleets to determine suitability for EV replacement. It also created an EV monitoring solution since existing telematics systems were unable to read and log the new EV signals. The result is a large database of real-world EV performance, and from time to time… Read more »

ChargePoint has a staggeringly high attach rate with new plug-in vehicle buyers, and it’s accelerating

ChargePoint is the latest entrant into the crowded residential charging station market. The ChargePoint Home was announced in January, and later this year when it goes on sales, it will begin vying for a spot on garage walls up against multinational conglomerates and long-established EVSE companies like ABB, AeroVironment, Bosch, ClipperCreek, Eaton, GE, Leviton, Lite-On,… Read more »