The Infrastructure

Con Edison offers rewards for smart EV charging

EV owners in New York City and Westchester County can earn gift card rewards by participating in a new Con Edison program. The utility has partnered with charging specialist FleetCarma to offer a program called SmartCharge New York that will pay EV owners to charge their vehicles at off-peak times. The program is open to… Read more »

Tritium names first UK distributor for its Veefil fast chargers

Australian EVSE manufacturer Tritium is expanding into the UK market, and has signed up the first UK distributor for its Veefil line of fast chargers: Electric World Enterprises (EwE). Tritium’s Veefil fast chargers support both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo standards.  All are liquid-cooled, and feature a stylish, high-visibility design. “The UK is an ideal EV… Read more »

Atlanta Airport to deploy 102 AeroVironment TurboDock charging stations

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport plans to deploy 102 AeroVironment TurboDock charging stations at its parking facilities. The chargers will be installed at hourly and daily passenger parking lots, as well as an employee lot and a maintenance building. AeroVironment’s TurboDock is designed for commercial applications. It charges at either Level 1 (12 amps/120 volts), or… Read more »

Plugless chargers pass a milestone: one million hours of charging

Evatran Group has announced that its installed base of Plugless wireless chargers has logged one million hours of charging time. Evatran field-tested its Plugless inductive charging systems from 2012 to 2014 with partners including Google, Duke Energy, and Hertz. In 2014 it began selling 3.3 kW wireless chargers for the Volt and the LEAF. Since… Read more »

New report recommends best utility rate structures to support growth of fast charging

Network operator EVgo and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) have released a report regarding the future of utility rates for DC fast chargers. The new report, “EVgo Fleet and Tariff Analysis,” finds that public fast-charging infrastructure is critical to EV deployment; however, California state legislators and regulators must make adjustments to allow for more cost-effective… Read more »

European Fastned charging stations reach break-even point

Netherlands-based charging network operator Fastned has announced that its first two stations reached the break-even point in March. Revenues generated at the two stations outpaced operating expenses, which include the purchase of power, grid connection fees, license costs, land leasing, cleaning and maintenance. Fastned expects more stations to pass the break-even point in the coming… Read more »

ClipperCreek’s Universal Pedestal Extension Kit keeps cables safely off the ground

ClipperCreek has introduced a new cable management solution for its line of EV charging stations. The Universal Pedestal Extension Kit is for use with the company’s HCS or CS series stations, and can be added to existing pedestals in the field. This new kit adds easy cable retraction based on an adjustable spring system. It… Read more »

Danish Parker project developing V2G standards

A Danish-led consortium aims to advance the technology of EV grid integration. Partners in the Parker project include automakers Nissan, Mitsubishi and PSA, as well as the Technical University of Denmark and several electric utilities. EVs can theoretically help to stabilize the electrical grid by charging their batteries when there is surplus power, and returning… Read more »

Toshiba wireless charger completes year-long field testing with electric buses

Toshiba, in cooperation with Waseda University, has completed a year-long field test of electric buses equipped with its wireless rapid rechargeable battery system. In the test, a small and a medium-size bus, both customized to run on Toshiba’s SCiB batteries (the medium-size bus used a 52.9 kWh battery pack), provided regular service between All Nippon… Read more »

Volvo selects AeroVironment to develop custom charging station

Volvo has chosen AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) to develop a custom charging station for the brand’s plug-in vehicles. Incorporating customer design elements and Volvo-specific branding, the new wall-mounted charger will be “a premium custom EV charger that aligns with the premium image of the Volvo XC90 and a growing line of Volvo Cars’ plug-in hybrid vehicles.”… Read more »