The Infrastructure

Circontrol’s new WallBox eNext range of chargers

Barcelona-based Circontrol has expanded its WallBox range of chargers with eNext, a new series that features an elegant design and a simplified charging process. The new charger is designed for homes, condominiums, workplaces and car parks. As e-mobility spreads, EV chargers will be ever more present in our environment, says Circontrol, so the external appearance… Read more »

ARDA Power’s EV Charging DC Microgrid includes gas power, solar, battery storage and DC fast charging

Toronto-based ARDA Power plans to construct an EV Charging DC Microgrid at an Etratech manufacturing facility in Burlington, Ontario. The grid-connected microgrid will DC-couple 50 kW of solar generation, 10 kW of natural gas generation, 100 kWh of battery storage, LED lights and a 50 kW DC fast charging station that will use DC power… Read more »

Michigan utility to offer charging station rebates and time-of-use rates

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has authorized electric utility Consumers Energy to launch a charging infrastructure pilot program that includes rebates and a time-of-use rate plan. Consumers Energy’s PowerMIDrive program, a three-year, $10-million effort, includes a Nighttime Savers Rate to encourage EV drivers to charge their vehicles between 7 pm and 6 am. Residential… Read more »

Hyundai unveils automated charging and parking system concept

Hyundai and Kia have released a video featuring a proposed system that would relocate fully charged EVs from charging stations and allow waiting vehicles to charge. Here’s how the Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS) works: the driver tells the vehicle to charge using a smartphone app, and the vehicle automatically cruises to a vacant wireless… Read more »

Volkswagen reveals mobile charging station

Volkswagen has offered up a glimpse of a future mobile fast charging station that can be set up flexibly and independently of the local power supply – for example, as a temporary charging point at events (somewhat like Envision Solar’s EV ARC or FreeWire’s Mobi Charger). Each charging station provides DC charging at power levels… Read more »

eMotorWerks and LO3 Energy introduce platform to connect EV owners with microgrids

EVSE manufacturer eMotorWerks has partnered with LO3 Energy to explore the idea of combining energy demand from EV charging with a local microgrid powered by green energy. An initial project will connect eMotorWerk’s JuiceNet EV charging platform to one of LO3’s transactive energy marketplaces, allowing local renewable energy to be traded between EV owners and… Read more »

Greenlots and ChargePoint announce peer-to-peer roaming agreement

Charging networks Greenlots and ChargePoint have formed a roaming partnership that will enable charging across the two networks, giving users access to thousands of additional charging locations throughout North America at no additional cost. Beginning in mid-2019, customers will be able to charge on either the ChargePoint or Greenlots networks without the need to create… Read more »

Michigan study seeks to identify ideal locations for public charging stations

A study funded by the Michigan Energy Office (MEO) aims to determine the ideal locations and number of public chargers to facilitate highway travel for Michigan EV drivers. Conducted by researchers at Michigan State University, the soon-to-be-released study looks at the feasibility of a road trip, the distance between charging stations, charging speed, time needed… Read more »