The Infrastructure

DOE awards $19 million for extreme fast charging research

The DOE is awarding $19 million in funding to 12 cost-shared research projects focused on “extreme fast charging,” which is defined as a system with power levels up to 400 kW and typical charging times of 15 minutes or less. Nine of the selected projects focus on advanced anodes, electrolytes, and battery cell designs: UC… Read more »

PG&E selects EVBox as hardware provider for workplace and MUD charging network

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has selected EVBox as the first supplier for the utility’s EV Charge Network program. The EV Charge Network is a program aimed at workplaces and multi-unit dwellings in northern and central California. Through the program, PG&E will pay for and build the infrastructure for customers from the electric grid to… Read more »

Cloud-based monitoring helps keep ABB fast chargers operational in Icelandic weather

How do public chargers hold up in extreme weather? There’s probably no better place to answer that question than Iceland, where over 20 ABB fast charging stations have been installed along the country’s main highway, Route 1. The chargers are exposed to the most punishing weather conditions, including temperatures as low as -30° C. “You… Read more »

Heliox, maker of fast chargers for heavy-duty EVs, secures new investment

Heliox, a Netherlands-based manufacturer of fast-charging infrastructure for electric buses and other heavy-duty EVs, has secured a “substantial” new investment from Waterland Private Equity Investments. Heliox, founded in 2009 with roots in electronics giant Philips, developed one of the first CCS plug-in chargers for electric buses in 2013. The company offers overnight and mobile charging… Read more »

SAE releases new J3068 specification for charging of medium- and heavy-duty EVs

SAE International has published its recommended practice for plug-in charging of heavy-duty EVs. The new J3068 standard allows vehicles to fully utilize three-phase AC power. Presenting a symmetric three-phase load enhances grid stability, especially at high power levels. SAE J3068 standardizes an AC three-phase-capable charging coupler and digital control protocols, offering sufficient power and reliability… Read more »

Electrify America releases map of planned charging network

Electrify America, the EVSE network founded by VW as part of its penance for the Dirty Diesel Debacle, has unveiled a map of its planned national network of charging stations. The new company has already named its charging station suppliers, and announced partnerships with Walmart and Target to deploy some of the stations. The new… Read more »

ClipperCreek offers pre-owned charging stations

Pre-owned EVs are going for bargain prices, so why not buy a pre-owned charger as well? ClipperCreek has begun selling factory-tested, pre-owned HCS and LCS series charging stations. The certified chargers come with a one-year warranty, and pricing starts at $300. ClipperCreek inspects and tests each unit to ensure “like new” functionality – the used… Read more »

CNG fueling provider Trillium expands into EV charging

Trillium CNG, a provider of CNG fueling solutions, is expanding into EV charging, and dropping the “CNG” from its name (but not yet from its service offerings). Trillium has formed a partnership with EV Connect to install EV charging infrastructure at three Love’s Travel Stops stores in California. The charging sites will feature DC fast… Read more »