The Infrastructure

New VW subsidiary to manage $2 billion investment in EV infrastructure

Volkswagen has formed a new subsidiary to manage its $2 billion penance for the dirty diesel scandal. The new company, Electrify America, will be based in Reston, Virginia, and Volkswagen Group of America Chief Operating Officer Mark McNabb will serve as its CEO. Electrify America will build and maintain a “high-speed, cross-country” network of over… Read more »

EV Connect to install 200 new charging ports in New York State

EV Connect offers a cloud-based software platform for managing EV charging. The company recently won a $1.4-million contract funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to install and manage 200new charging ports at 50 locations. EV Connect will manage the charging stations, host locations, electric utility interaction and the driver… Read more »

Utility ENGIE to acquire charging provider EV-Box

EV-Box, a charging solution provider with over 40,000 stations in service, has agreed to be acquired by the French multinational electric utility ENGIE. Netherlands-based EV-Box sells charging stations, charging management software and services to business, public sector and residential customers. It has grown rapidly since 2014, expanding into Belgium, France, Scandinavia, Germany, the UK and… Read more »

WAVE demonstrates 250 kW wireless en route charging for e-buses

WAVE (Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification) has demonstrated a 250 kW Wireless Power Transfer System prototype. The company will deliver the new charging system to the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) in California later this year. WAVE’s technology transfers power from a charging pad embedded in the pavement to a receiving pad mounted on the vehicle’s… Read more »

CLEVER and E.ON partner to deploy 150 kW chargers in Norway

Denmark-based network operator CLEVER and electric utility E.ON have partnered with gas station chain YX to install ultra-fast charging stations at 20 service stations across Norway. The chargers’ 150 kW power level enables recharging of a 400 km-range battery in 20-30 minutes. They feature a modular design, and can be upgraded to 350 kW in… Read more »

European fast charging networks work together to promote seamless electric travel

Five European fast charging networks have agreed to form the Open Fast Charging Alliance, which will enable roaming throughout a network of fast chargers all over Europe. The founding members are Fastned (Netherlands), Sodetrel (France), Smatrics (Austria), Grønn Kontakt (Norway) and GOtthard FASTcharge (Switzerland). Together, the alliance members own and operate more than 500 fast… Read more »

ChargePoint raises $82 million for European expansion

ChargePoint, which operates a network of more than 33,000 independently owned charging spots, has secured $82 million in funding, the first part of a larger fundraising round led by Daimler. The new investment will support the expansion of the company’s charging network into Europe. BMW i Ventures and other existing investors also participated in the… Read more »

Fortum partners with Polish utility to provide Charge & Drive cloud solution

Fortum Charge & Drive has signed a cooperation contract with Enspiron, a subsidiary of the Polish energy company Energa, to provide its Charge & Drive cloud solution, which Energa will use to operate its EV charging infrastructure. Energa currently operates six charging facilities in the cities of Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia, and the company plans… Read more »

EVgo and ABB deploy 150 kW DC fast charging station for industry testing

EVgo, which owns and operates a network of over 900 DC fast chargers, has partnered with electrical conglomerate ABB to deploy a high-power fast charging station in Fremont, California for testing purposes. The new ABB-built charger features a maximum charging rate of 150 kW, three times faster than most current units. As automakers develop higher-power… Read more »