The Infrastructure

Charging interoperability pioneer Hubject expands to US

Europe-based Hubject has officially launched its US operations from a new HQ in Santa Monica, California. Hubject was founded in 2012 to enable seamless charging for customers through an open B-to-B platform, and is now in use on four continents and in 26 countries. The company’s Intercharge platform allows charging operators and service providers to… Read more »

Germany’s innogy acquires EVSE maker BTCPower, with an eye on the US market

EV technology provider innogy e-mobility, a subsidiary of German electric utility Innogy SE, has announced the acquisition of California-based EVSE manufacturer BTCPower. The transaction is expected to provide innogy with a full DC product portfolio for the North American market, as well as access to increased production capabilities. innogy has already successfully collaborated with BTCPower,… Read more »

EVgo equips public fast chargers with second-life batteries

Charging network operator EVgo has integrated second-life BMW i3 batteries into a public DC fast charging station. The batteries will store energy from the grid generated during peak solar hours and later use that stored energy for charging during periods of high demand. Following a pilot program at the University of California San Diego (UCSD),… Read more »

New Dutch study recommends optimal EVSE rollout strategy

As the worldwide fleet of EVs expands, it’s becoming clear that governments around the world need to make significant investments in public charging infrastructure. However, there are few examples to follow in developing an effective rollout strategy. A new study, published in the journal Energy Policy, aims to guide policy makers in the deployment of… Read more »

Southern California Edison proposes to install 48,000 more charging points

The Charge Ready network, launched two years ago as a pilot program by Southern California Edison (SCE), recently installed its 1,000th charging station. Now SCE has filed a plan with the California Public Utilities Commission to invest $760 million to expand the program to 48,000 (!) more charging points. Most of the charging stations added… Read more »

BP to acquire UK charging network Chargemaster

BP has agreed to purchase Chargemaster, which builds charging stations and operates a network of over 6,500 public charging points across the UK. Unlike some oil giants, BP is taking a proactive approach to the coming transition to electric transport. The company estimates that there will be 12 million EVs on UK roads by 2040,… Read more »

WattZilla announces single- and three-phase EVSE for the European market

EVSE manufacturer WattZilla has launched a new line of IEC-compatible charging stations for the European market. The new line includes single, dual and quad models, each of which is available in two versions, to be used with either single-phase or three-phase power. All versions can deliver 63 amps of power, feature a 25-foot cable and… Read more »

Electrify America to deploy electric car sharing and shuttle bus infrastructure in Sacramento

VW subsidiary Electrify America and the City of Sacramento have announced several new projects, including infrastructure for two new car sharing services, new electric bus and shuttle routes. Overall, Electrify America will be investing $800 million in EV infrastructure and services in California over the next 10 years. The new projects include: Car sharing –… Read more »

WattZilla chargers earn Energy Star certification

EVSE manufacturer WattZilla has received Energy Star certification for its WattZilla Uno, WattZilla Duo, QuadZilla, Wall Wattz and WaltZilla home and commercial charging stations – a distinction that only a handful of the hundreds of charger models on the market have earned. Energy Star-certified chargers reduce energy waste in the modes of operation when the… Read more »