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Infrastructure Features

2021 EV Charging Infrastructure Benchmark: Electrify America top digital platform, Tesla Superchargers top location experience

This year, Blink and Tesla Superchargers were added to the list of charging networks tested in 2020: Electrify America, EVgo, ChargePoint, EV Connect and Greenlots.  Electrify America earned the top score in the Digital Platform category, as well as the top combined score for both categories. Tesla Superchargers received the top score in the Charging… Read more »

Charged and umlaut continue partnership on 2021 EV Charging Infrastructure Benchmark

Q&A with Hakan Ekmen, Managing Director umlaut For the second year in a row, Charged has partnered with the global engineering and consulting firm umlaut to test and compare the user experience at the top DC fast charging networks and bring you the 2021 EV Charging Infrastructure Benchmark. In 2020, after performing a comparative study… Read more »

Rocsys robots help to make EV fleet charging more reliable

Originally designed with autonomous vehicles in mind, Rocsys’s robotic charging arm has attracted interest from fleet operators. Netherlands-based Rocsys makes robotic devices that allow EVs to be charged without human intervention (see the feature in our January/February 2020 issue). When we hear about robotic charging, the application that typically springs to mind is charging autonomous… Read more »

Q&A with CharIN North America President: It’s all about interoperability

Interoperability—the ability of products from different manufacturers to work together—is one of the most fundamental enablers of our technological society. From low-tech tools such as screwdrivers and wrenches to digital constructs like computer operating systems, interoperability is critical, and the lack of it is often a roadblock to the adoption of new technologies. As EVs… Read more »

TeraWatt Infrastructure aims to address the massive energy capacity needs of EV fleet charging depots

As more fleets of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles go electric, there’s a growing awareness that building the necessary charging infrastructure will be a complex proposition, requiring specialized expertise and considerable capital. Fleet vehicle depots will need to incorporate not only charging stations, but energy management systems, and possibly energy storage and on-site generation. These sites… Read more »

ABB charges into the future with Formula E

The global electric racing championship Formula E has been a huge success by any measure. Automakers like Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Nissan, and Jaguar have embraced the series, which is surely the world’s most prominent showcase for electric vehicle performance. Charged attended the New York City E-Prix in July, and spoke with several execs from EV infrastructure… Read more »

AMPLY Power offers EV fleets guaranteed uptime and zero charging challenges

AMPLY Power says its charging as a service model provides 99.9% uptime, critical to scaling EV deployments Fleet charging management may not be the most glamorous segment of the EV industry, but it is emerging as an extremely important component of the future EV ecosystem. As commercial fleets electrify, they are finding that they need… Read more »

Study: Four of five new-car buyers can charge EVs at home

A recent survey of new-car buyers suggests 4 of 5 will be able to charge an EV at home—making it even more critical that they understand how charging is actually done. If projections from major carmakers are to be believed, the bulk of electric cars that will travel on US roads in 2026 haven’t been… Read more »

BoostEV is an on-demand mobile EV charging network, like UberEats for hungry EVs

The EV ecosystem is a work in progress, and when it comes to charging infrastructure, there are some key pieces missing from the puzzle. There will surely be a need for some form of portable charging on demand, and this is the niche that SparkCharge is looking to fill with its new app platform, BoostEV…. Read more »

Daimler and PGE develop the electric truck stop of the future

The Electric Island project, a collaboration between Daimler Trucks North America and Portland General Electric, will be a test bed for all kinds of heavy-duty EV charging solutions. Electric trucks are finally starting to roll. After years of vehicle development, research projects and pilot deployments, major fleet operators around the world are beginning to place… Read more »