The Infrastructure

Siemens offers free EV charging to German employees

Employees of electronics giant Siemens at 100 of the company’s locations in Germany will be able to recharge their EVs free of charge in 2017, using the company’s existing network of charging stations. The charging stations are equipped with smart charging technology and Siemens software that integrates metering, billing and user identification. Employees and family… Read more »

EVgo selects Driivz as IT service provider

Charging network EVgo, which operates over 800 DC fast chargers in 66 markets, has chosen Driivz, which has offices in California and Israel, as its preferred IT solutions service provider in North America. Driivz offers a cloud-based software platform that manages operations, user grid integration, billing and driver applications. According to the companies, the new… Read more »

Cooled cable from HUBER+SUHNER allows for greater EV charging power

Charging power levels are heading upwards to accommodate longer EV ranges, and it’s becoming apparent that some sort of cooling system for charging cables will be needed. The Swiss firm HUBER+SUHNER has introduced a cable and connector with an integrated cooling system that allows high power throughput while keeping charging times below 20 minutes (to… Read more »

ChargePoint Express Plus offers DC charging at up to 400 kW

ChargePoint, which operates over 31,000 independently owned public charging stations around the world, has announced a higher-level DC charging solution designed to accommodate the coming generation of longer-range EVs. ChargePoint Express Plus can deliver up to 400 kW, plenty of power to charge new EVs such as the Chevy Bolt at their maximum rates, as… Read more »

Volkswagen invests in eRoaming provider Hubject

Hubject is a Berlin-based company that provides a solution for the exchange of data among charging networks. Hubject’s eRoaming platform is analogous to the networks that enable ATMs, mobile phones and other conveniences of modern life to work together smoothly. Hubject was founded in 2012 by a group of companies including BMW, Daimler, Bosch and… Read more »

Tesla Supercharger V3 could have power output greater than “a mere 350 kW”

As EV ranges increase, charging levels are on the way up too. Phoenix Contact, EVgo and Porsche are among the companies developing more powerful charging systems. Naturally, Tesla has plans to outdo them all. In a recent tweet, Elon Musk hinted at something called Supercharger V3, which presumably will offer charging levels higher than the… Read more »

BMW Digital Charging Service optimizes charging to minimize costs and maximize solar

Recognizing that smart charging is the wave of the future, BMW i has introduced its new Digital Charging Service (DCS), which it calls an “intelligent service for predictive, convenient, cost-effective and green power-optimized charging.” DCS is designed to carry out the charging process independently and autonomously. Its two core functions are tariff-optimized and solar-optimized charging…. Read more »

UL developing safety standard for second-life EV batteries

There are currently more than 1.5 million EVs on the world’s roads, and over the next year or two, the first wave of batteries will be coming to the end of their automotive life cycles, while retaining around 80% of their original capacities, still sufficient for a number of stationary energy storage applications. Before beginning… Read more »

CCSplus aims to deliver 100 km of range in 3-5 minutes

Long charging times represent one of the most commonly-cited barriers to widespread EV adoption, and with ranges getting longer, the need for faster charging becomes even more pressing. Pennsylvania-based Phoenix Contact plans to demonstrate its CCSplus fast charging system at the upcoming North American International Auto Show. CCSplus builds on the established CCS charging standard,… Read more »

Envision Solar receives order for 12 Solar Tree systems

San Diego-based Envision Solar (OTCQB: EVSI) makes two unique solar-powered charging solutions (see the May/June 2016 issue of Charged). Just a few days after announcing a sale of 13 EV ARC self-contained charging units to a California transit agency, the company announced that an Illinois municipality has ordered 12 Solar Tree arrays. The Solar Tree… Read more »