The Infrastructure

New report: Returns on EV infrastructure investment far outweigh costs

A new analysis from the nonprofit organization Ceres and M.J. Bradley & Associates finds that the benefits of increased investment in EV charging infrastructure outweigh the costs by more than 3 to 1. “Accelerating Investment in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure” evaluates the need for charging infrastructure – including both private and public chargers – in… Read more »

California eHighway demonstration uses overhead lines to charge trucks en route

In June 2016, Siemens launched a pilot eHighway system in Sweden – two plug-in hybrid trucks performing en route charging via an overhead catenary. Now the company, in collaboration with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), is conducting a one-mile eHighway demonstration near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The catenary… Read more »

Mitsubishi demonstrates new V2G system in Amsterdam

Mitsubishi has implemented a new Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) pilot in Amsterdam, based on its Outlander PHEV. Partners in the project include smart charging specialist NewMotion, Dutch grid operator TenneT, and V2G developer Nuvve. For the demonstration, Mitsubishi will provide services for capacity reserve and balancing services, using NewMotion’s charging infrastructure and an Outlander PHEV linked to… Read more »

Multiforce’s FuelForce EV fuel management system for electric fleet vehicles

Multiforce Systems provides automated fuel management systems that help fleet operators control fuel costs. Now the company has launched a new line specially designed for EVs. FuelForce EV offers energy management and control for fleets of plug-in vehicles. In collaboration with Cyber Switching, a power management company based in Silicon Valley, Multiforce has developed the… Read more »

Circontrol presents master-slave charging solution with power management

At the recent EVS30 exhibition in Stuttgart, Barcelona-based charging station manufacturer Circontrol presented a multiple charging solution consisting of several slave charging points controlled by a single master unit. The system allows a DC fast charger, such as Circontrol’s Raption, or an AC charger such as the company’s Post eVolve, to act as a master,… Read more »

Hubject expands into the US and China

Berlin-based Hubject, which provides an “eRoaming” platform for the exchange of data among charging networks, is expanding its operations from Europe and Japan to the US and China. As Hubject sees it, the large number of non-standardized charging networks makes it difficult to ensure a smooth charging process, holding back the advance of e-mobility. The… Read more »

New report: EVs promise a more resilient grid and a more democratic energy system

We read a lot about the performance and environmental advantages of EVs, but there’s another benefit of electrification that’s less often discussed: increasing grid resilience and “energy democracy.” The advantages of a more distributed electrical grid are especially relevant in light of the massive power outages caused by the recent hurricanes. A new report from… Read more »

EVgo’s new mobile app starts a DC fast charge with just a swipe

Fast charging network EVgo has released a new mobile app for iOS and Android devices, designed to provide EV drivers with convenient access to its network of over 980 DC fast chargers. The new app, developed in partnership with charging solution provider Driivz, enables drivers to start a charging session with no need for an… Read more »

Giant utility Enel acquires charger manufacturer eMotorWerks

Enel has announced the acquisition of California-based eMotorWerks, which manufactures the JuiceBox line of charging stations and operates JuiceNet, an Internet of Things platform for the smart management of EV charging and distributed energy storage. Enel plans to incorporate the JuiceNet platform’s functionality in all of its EV charging stations. JuiceNet allows users to remotely schedule… Read more »