The Infrastructure

Circontrol adds contactless card payment to its European charging stations

As human contact becomes passé, contactless bank card payments are surging in popularity. Barcelona-based Circontrol has become the latest charging provider to add a contactless payment system to its public chargers. The company has already implemented the contactless payment system on its 400 fast chargers in the UK, and is now rolling it out in… Read more »

DC fast chargers in California’s Central Valley are a crucial link in the West Coast Electric Highway

Three Love’s Travel Stops along State Highway 99 in California’s Central Valley plan to install public charging stations as part of the West Coast Electric Highway initiative funded by the California Energy Commission. Each of the three new charging sites, located in Ripon, Madera and Tulare, will feature four individual charging posts, including both Level… Read more »

Leipzig electric buses to use Siemens fast charging infrastructure

Public transport operator Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB), which serves the city of Leipzig, Germany, has ordered 21 electric low-floor buses from VDL Bus & Coach. Siemens Smart Infrastructure will provide the charging infrastructure. “Switching to electric bus transport requires not only the vehicles but also an efficient charging infrastructure that guarantees reliable operation,” said Boris Höltermann,… Read more »

Jaguar I-PACE electric taxis charging wirelessly in Oslo

The city of Oslo, the world’s EV capital, has partnered with Jaguar Land Rover, wireless charging pioneer Momentum Dynamics and charging operator Fortum Recharge to build a wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for electric taxis. Taxi network Cabonline will operate 25 Jaguar I-PACE EVs equipped with Momentum Dynamics’ wireless charging system. To devise a charging system… Read more »

Envision’s EV ARC provides solar-powered DC fast charging along rural California corridor

California’s official goal is to install 250,000 public chargers, including 10,000 DC fast chargers, by 2025. Charging stations are especially needed in rural areas, to facilitate long-distance travel, but providing grid power to remote locations can be prohibitively expensive. That’s where San Diego-based Envision Solar’s EV ARC comes in. The EV ARC is a solar-powered… Read more »

New Siemens charger interacts with building management systems and load management tools

Siemens eMobility has launched a new generation of its VersiCharge AC Series commercial and residential chargers. The VersiCharge AC Series can interact with building management systems, enabling operators to monitor and adjust the system in real time. It offers tools for adjusting power demand, accurate metering of energy usage, and expanded network connectivity. These UL/cUL-certified… Read more »

Swiss highway charging stations to feature ABB energy storage and management

Swiss electric utilities Primeo Energie and Alpiq E-Mobility have opened a pair of highway charging stations in Switzerland that feature battery energy storage and an energy management solution from ABB. Switzerland’s Federal Roads Office hopes to install chargers at approximately 100 motorway rest areas over the next few years. Many of these locations have little… Read more »

Electrify America completes cross-country route from LA to DC

Electrify America has completed its first coast-to-coast route, from Los Angeles to Washington DC. The electrified highway spans 11 states and over 2,700 miles, running along Interstates 15 and 70. Electrify America charging stations, which feature DC fast chargers with speeds up to 350 kW, are on average about 70 miles apart, in metro areas… Read more »

Trojan Energy scores £4.1 million in funding for on-street charging solution

Scottish start-up Trojan Energy has secured a £4.1 million round of seed funding to support the roll-out of its on-street flat and flush EV charging points. Equity Gap led a £1 million funding round; other investors include SIS Ventures, Alba Equity and the Scottish Investment Bank. The equity funding unlocked an additional £3.1 million from… Read more »

New highway charging station in Georgia has solar panels and 175 kW of power

The Ray, a nonprofit transportation lab, has overseen the opening of a solar-powered public fast charging station at the visitor information center on I-85 in West Point, Georgia. The station is strategically located to facilitate travel between the state capitals of Georgia and Alabama, and charging is free. This charging location was originally opened in… Read more »