The Infrastructure

Mack demonstrates catenary-powered PHEV at port of Los Angeles

Volvo subsidiary Mack Trucks has demonstrated a PHEV truck that can recharge by means of an overhead catenary. The prototype Mack Pinnacle DayCab recently participated in a one-mile, zero-emission eHighway demonstration in Carson, California, near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The goal of the project, which is sponsored by the South Coast… Read more »

California report finds EVs are not crashing the grid just yet

It’s a legitimate worry: Will charging hundreds of thousands – and eventually, millions – of EVs overwhelm existing electric grids? A new analysis of real-world data from California brings good news: So far, EVs are not anywhere near crashing the grid. Since 2012, California regulators have required the state’s three investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas and… Read more »

FastCharge research project evaluates tomorrow’s fast charging technologies

A consortium of firms, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, is working on a research project called FastCharge that aims to develop a charging system with significantly shortened charging times. German electrical engineering firm Phoenix Contact heads the consortium, which also includes BMW, Porsche, Siemens and charging operator Allego. The… Read more »

DC fast charging comes to Lebanon

French power solution provider DBT has installed what it says are the first DC chargers in Lebanon, in partnership with local petroleum group MEDCO. DBT has opened two 50 kW tri-standard chargers in Beirut, and will soon install two more. The new fast chargers are compatible with all EV models available in Lebanon, and can… Read more »

175 kW charging station opens in Germany, 350 kW coming soon

Charging network operator Allego has deployed what it calls Europe’s first “ultra-fast” charging station, at Kleinostheim near Frankfurt, Germany. The station includes four charging points, each with a capacity of 175 kW using the CCS standard. The company told Charged that the CCS chargers are backwards compatible and there’s also a charger available that is suitable for… Read more »

New York Governor announces $3.5 million in R&D funding for EV-grid integration

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the availability of up to $3.5 million for R&D proposals to accelerate the use of EVs, reduce the cost of installing and operating charging stations, and provide recommendations on how they can be used for grid resiliency. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)… Read more »

Belgian charging corridor installs Tritium fast chargers

Australian EVSE manufacturer Tritium has supplied 25 of its Veefil-RT 50 kW fast chargers for the Belgian stage of the EU’s UNIT-E fast-charging network. The new chargers are positioned along motorways, linking the country’s major cities. The goal of the UNIT-E project is to modernize transport infrastructure across the EU. The Belgian phase, which is… Read more »

Bulgarian charging network deploys ABB fast chargers

Public EV chargers are a common sight in much of Western Europe, and the web is steadily expanding further east. Electromobility provider eMobility International operates a fleet of 110 rental and rideshare EVs in Bulgaria, as well a network of charging stations. The company has deployed a network of ABB Terra 53 fast charging stations,… Read more »

UK budget includes £400 million for charging infrastructure and £100 million for EV purchase incentives

The UK’s Autumn Budget, recently presented to Parliament, includes a number of measures designed to support electromobility and renewable energy. The government proposes to establish a new Charging Investment Infrastructure Fund with an investment of £400 million ($530 million), half of which is to be provided by matching private investment. The budget also includes £100… Read more »