The Infrastructure

Mitsubishi Electric’s new energy-management system uses EVs to manage power generation

Mitsubishi Electric has developed an energy-management system capable of scheduling EV charging, discharging back into the grid, and optimizing the operation of PV and other power-generation systems according to the fluctuating unit price of electricity sold on the grid. A demonstration of the technology is underway at the company’s automotive factory in Changshu, China. The cost… Read more »

Energy Web Foundation releases blockchain-based toolkit to enable EV charging with clean energy

The Energy Web Foundation (EWF) has introduced a new software toolkit for EV charging that enables the verification and tracking of green attributes associated with electricity generation and consumption. The EV charging toolkit is an extension of EWF’s existing EW Origin blockchain-based toolkits. It’s focused on automatically charging EVs with clean energy and determining the… Read more »

Hubject and Blink partner to offer EV roaming in US

Berlin-based Hubject provides a charging interoperability platform called Intercharge that boasts over 300 B2B partners in 26 countries. Intercharge connects charging station operators and e-mobility service providers in a way that’s transparent to users, allowing EV drivers to patronize any charging operator or network using one account, one app and one bill. Now Hubject has… Read more »

Duke Energy proposes $10-million program to better understand the impact of EVs on the grid

Duke Energy has proposed a three-year, $10.4-million pilot initiative to support the installation of charging stations in South Carolina. The pilot is comprised of four programs with the overarching goal to understand what impacts an increased adoption of EVs will have on the electric grid. The pilot must be approved by the Public Service Commission… Read more »

Virginia Tech investigates EV charging cybersecurity with $3-million DOE grant

EVs are proliferating, and their growing popularity has revealed security vulnerabilities that could slow the industry’s further growth. To combat these roadblocks, the DOE has granted Virginia Tech $3 million to improve charging network quality and security. Virginia Tech will work with researchers and manufacturers to both improve charging network security and streamline the charging… Read more »

Volvo invests in mobile charging company FreeWire

Volvo has acquired a stake in San Francisco-based mobile charging company FreeWire Technologies via the Volvo Cars Tech Fund. While Volvo does not plan to own charging or service stations directly, it says the investment reflects its support for user-friendly charging options as electric mobility continues to grow. “To support wider consumer adoption of electric… Read more »

NCSU develops compact 50 kW fast charger with 97.5% efficiency

North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers have developed a medium-voltage fast charger (MVFC) that they say offers 60% less power loss than conventional systems, is only a tenth the size, and delivers similar charging times. Armed with this technology, the team is working towards a multi-vehicle charger capable of even faster charging. Current 50 kW… Read more »