The Infrastructure

Federal Low-No Vehicle program awards $55 million in grants for transit buses and infrastructure

The DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced $55 million in grants to local transit agencies through the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle program. Fifty-one projects in 39 states will receive funding. One recipient is the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), in Charged’s home town of St Petersburg, Florida. PSTA will receive $1,000,000 to… Read more »

EVBox installs 50,000th charging station at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

Charging station manufacturer EVBox has installed its 50,000th charging station at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), an organization that provides office space and other amenities to local clean-tech start-ups. “We’re building a state-of-the-art EV Showcase where we can demonstrate a variety of smart charging equipment, EVs and mobility solutions,” said LACI Chief Partnerships Officer… Read more »

ChargePoint Services to roll out chargers at UK gas stations

ChargePoint Services has signed a partnership deal with Motor Fuel Group (MFG), which operates 413 gas stations (“forecourts” to our British friends) across the UK under the BP, Shell and Texaco brands. ChargePoint Services will operate 50 kW-plus rapid chargers at MFG locations nationwide. The chargers will be part of ChargePoint Services’ GeniePoint Network, which enables continuous… Read more »

eMotorWerks increases revenue from utility grid services, reduces prices on EV charging stations

eMotorWerks doesn’t just sell charging stations – the company’s JuiceNet platform offers a range of smart charging features that benefit not only EV drivers but also grid operators and utilities, which can use EVs as a resource to improve load distribution and grid stability. The company has succeeded in monetizing the services it offers to… Read more »

New study: V2G may not degrade EV battery life – it might actually extend it

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology could turn the challenge of EVs’ power consumption into an opportunity, allowing vehicle batteries to help balance electrical grids and facilitate the use of renewable energy. Alas, a recent study from the University of Hawaii suggested that the additional cycling could harm battery performance. Now a study from the University of Warwick… Read more »

20 electric buses in 3 Canadian cities to demonstrate OppCharge protocol

The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is leading a pilot project in which at least 20 electric buses supplied by New Flyer and Nova Bus, along with 7 overhead chargers supplied by ABB and Siemens, will demonstrate the interoperability of the OppCharge protocol. The trial’s 18 consortium partners include manufacturers, utilities, transit… Read more »

ChargePoint expands US presence with new Arizona office

Charging network operator ChargePoint has expanded its service and support operations by opening a new office in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Scottsdale office will serve as the company’s center of global customer service and quality operations, managing and deploying support for North America while administering European support operations with direct regional support deployed in each country…. Read more »

Navigant Research says $80 billion will be spent on global EV infrastructure by 2025

According to a new report from Navigant Research, spending on global EV infrastructure will amount to over $80 billion by the end of 2025, funding the deployment of nearly 230 GW of charging capacity. According to the report, stakeholders with the ability to invest in large-scale deployments – such as governments, utilities, and automakers –… Read more »

Parked EVs earn $1,530 in V2G pilot

Nissan and Italian utility Enel are carrying out trials of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems with some 100 cars across Europe. In Denmark, fleet operators will collect about 1,300 euros ($1,530) a year by feeding power back into the grid using the two-way charge points. As EVs proliferate, grid managers will have to pay attention to when… Read more »