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The emerging “non-utilities”—EVs are helping new players in the energy marketplace.

Gordon Feller serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations focused on the future of greener mobility. He formerly served as President Obama’s appointee to a US Federal Commission established to assess emerging energy-focused digital technologies. Dramatic pricing changes, shifting cost structures, new demand curves and technologies that enable efficient decentralization are driving a dramatic… Read more »

The sun-to-car connection: SolarEdge provides the missing link from solar panels to EV charging

Q&A with SolarEdge Founder and VP of Marketing and Product Strategy Lior Handelsman  An EV is a fine thing on its own—but it becomes truly transformative as part of a local system that also includes solar panels, battery storage and smart charging. SolarEdge Technologies provides hardware and software to bring these elements together, including solar… Read more »

COVID-19 vs EVs: What happens?

EVs may experience minor hiccups, but they shouldn’t suffer much more than the rest of the auto industry. It’s the question everyone has to ask: How will the Covid-19 pandemic affect my business? For those in the electric-car world, the question is more pointed: Will the pandemic hurt the growth of electric vehicles over the… Read more »

Seven future electric pickup trucks. Maybe.

Over the first 10 years of their existence, most modern battery-electric cars have been compact hatchbacks or Teslas. While a few are marketed as crossover utility vehicles, none have been the full-size pickup trucks that make up a huge and very profitable segment of US vehicle sales. That’s about to change. What follows is a… Read more »

Specialized motor materials and constructions (Part 1)

When demand drives innovation, the state of the art can progress quite rapidly, but if the demand is not there yet, the end result is often the proverbial “solution in search of a problem.” One of the most prominent examples of this is the lithium-ion battery, which was developed in the 1970s, but didn’t really… Read more »

In-Charge Energy is preparing for the coming tsunami of commercial electric trucks

Widespread adoption of electric commercial vehicles has seemed to be just around the corner for several years now. This has been a puzzling and frustrating situation for EV advocates (and even more so for electric truck builders), because the economic case for electrification is strong. Several industry experts have told Charged that the slow progress… Read more »

EnergyHub gives utilities more flexibility to manage peaks, including direct control of EV charging

The electrification of transport is proceeding in parallel with a major restructuring of the electrical grid, and these trends interact with each other in several ways. As the grid transforms from a centralized model to a decentralized model, utilities are facing an entirely different set of technical challenges than those that existed a century ago,… Read more »

Retooling a shuttered factory to build electric trucks: Q&A with Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns

Will Ohio’s Voltage Valley energize a new era for the US auto industry? Big things are happening in the Mahoning Valley area of northeastern Ohio. The region, which centers on the city of Youngstown, was a booming center of steel production until the 1970s. Since then, like many other industrial hubs, the area has suffered… Read more »

Solid-state battery tech: What’s close to commercialization, and what’s still years away?

With a fresh round of funding, Wildcat Discovery Technologies is busy expanding its facilities, building up its battery team and doubling down on promising solid-state research projects. We asked the energy storage experts to help clear up the hype around solid-state batteries. Whenever Charged needs to better understand the complexities of the latest and greatest battery… Read more »

ROCSYS automates charging stations with soft robots

ROCSYS founder Crijn Bouman is no stranger to innovation. A self-described “entrepreneur at heart,” Bouman has led two Netherlands-based startups in cleantech, software, and electronics. When his first EV fast charging equipment company Epyon was acquired by ABB almost a decade ago, he stayed on as Head of Product Management for its charging portfolio for… Read more »