Infrastructure Features

New California bill attempts to harmonize how utilities fit into the charging business

Electric utilities aren’t exactly known as hotbeds of innovation. In fact, they’re quite the opposite. They move slowly, they are very conservative, and they need approval from state regulators to make any significant changes to their businesses. So the idea of a utility monopolizing the EV charging experience in its service area makes a lot… Read more »

Zero Motorcycles was forced to abandon DC fast charging option in 2013, Interoperability testing is needed

Editor’s note: After this article appeared in print, we received some feedback suggesting that the thesis is not clear enough. So, we’d like to point out a few things at the beginning. Today’s DC Fast Charging installations are very reliable. If you buy a production EV, such as a Nissan LEAF or BMW i3, it is unlikely that you will… Read more »

SoCal Edison deploys workplace charging with smart grid demand response

EVSE LLC, Greenlots and Southern California Edison control peak charging demand Electric utilities around the world have been studying the potential impact of EVs on the grid. The largest pilot program with smart grid demand response (OpenADR 2.0b) that we’ve seen is an 80-unit deployment of EVSE LLC’s Level 2/Level 1 combo smart charging stations at… Read more »

Siemens introduces VersiCharge SG, a WiFi-enabled, cloud-based charging station

There’s a new macro trend occurring with electricity rate structures. In an effort by utilities to match their real-time costs with pricing models, new variable rates are being tested and implemented. The problem is that the cost to generate and distribute power is extremely variable, and has a lot to do with what’s happening on… Read more »

Gaining traction at last: Efacec instals over 600 DC fast chargers worldwide

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times: EVs and charging infrastructure present a chicken-and-egg problem. This thesis has been the topic of countless EV industry conference panels over the past decade. In recent years, many experts have attempted to declare the issue settled. Back in January 2013, European Union Climate Commissioner… Read more »

NRG EVgo on the move: Its DC fast charging network passed major milestones (Full Interview)

Q&A with Arun Banskota and Brendan Jones. In the past year, the NRG EVgo network has quietly passed some major milestones in the EV charging industry. The company now has more public DC fast charging sites than anyone else – even more than Tesla’s vast Supercharger network. EVgo also has the highest number of CHAdeMO and… Read more »

MOEV Inc. develops distributed power smart-charging systems

An educated EVSE: Part of the academia-to-enterprise pipeline, MOEV Inc.’s distributed power smart-charging systems may be the economical answer to California utilities’ grand infrastructure plans. The usually pejorative term “ivory tower” refers most often to an intellectually cut-off academia, which sits separated from the practical world, musing away on obscure research or useless pursuits. However, it’s… Read more »

New PlugShare Data tool offers comprehensive EV infrastructure analytics

In the past five years, the amount of public PEV charging infrastructure in the US has skyrocketed to over 25,000 charging stations. In June 2010, that number was fewer than 1,000. That’s when the PlugShare team first began mapping EV chargers, allowing its app users to share tips and tricks about their favorite places to… Read more »

ChargePoint’s CEO on the design of its new residential charging station

In January 2009, ChargePoint installed its first charging station in downtown San Jose, California. Five years later, the company is the king of the charging networks and boasts over 20,000 charging spots in North America. The company has a staggeringly high attach rate for new plug-in vehicle drivers. Somewhere between 70 and 80 percent of… Read more »

Quick Charge Power: Tony Williams on his journey into the EVSE business

EV advocate to charging entrepreneur You may remember a little Nissan LEAF battery controversy that popped up a few years ago. Beginning in May 2012, a handful of LEAF owners located in Phoenix, Arizona started posting on forums that, according to the car’s dashboard display, their batteries were losing capacity much faster than they were expecting…. Read more »