The Infrastructure

Accell’s new 32-amp AxFAST portable EV charger

California-based electronics maker Accell has introduced a new portable charger, the AxFAST 3202, that doubles the amperage of its previous portable charger. The new device will be available in November. The AxFAST 3202, priced at $549.99, supports 240 V, 32-amp charging, delivering 7.68 kW of power. It weighs just 12 pounds and features a J1772… Read more »

ABB acquires Chinese charging provider Chargedot

Swiss electronics company ABB has acquired a majority stake in Chargedot, a Chinese EV charging provider. Chargedot supplies AC and DC charging stations, as well as an accompanying software platform. ABB offers services and products such as grid distribution and charging points. Tarak Mehta, President of ABB’s Electrification business, said, “With China forging ahead in… Read more »

Green Watt Power’s new EVC3400 Series onboard EV charger

Green Watt Power has launched a new series of onboard AC chargers. The EVC3400 charger features an IP66 rating for high-stress environments, as well as a high-density, low-profile design for flexible mechanical integration. Fan- or liquid-cooled designs are available. The fan-version EVC-116-3400 has dimensions of 240 x 187 x 70 mm (9.45 x 7.36 x… Read more »

Public charger deployments encourage EV adoption, says Navigant report

A new report from Navigant Research has found that public charger deployments are positively affecting plug-in vehicle adoption, although the sustainability of the business model is in doubt due to low utilization among early EV adopters, which makes private investment difficult. The report, “Leveraging Charging Infrastructure to Accelerate EV Sales,” analyzes the relationship between public… Read more »

UK supermarket chain plans network of 100 ultra-fast chargers

Supermarket chain Morrisons has plans for what it calls the UK’s largest network of ultra-fast chargers. This week, Morrisons unveiled its first 50 GeniePoint rapid chargers at stores across the UK. It plans to install a further 50 by 2020. Customers must join the organization, which is free, to use the GeniePoint chargers. There is… Read more »

Brugg Cables to launch 850-amp liquid-cooled charging cable

Swiss cable maker Brugg Cables has announced a new high-performance charging cable, the Alligator-HPC, that can deliver DC electricity at 1,000 volts and up to 850 amps. The company plans to launch the cable in early 2020. Today’s conventional cables typically max out at 550 amps, but thanks to an in-wire cooling system, the Alligator-HPC… Read more »

Circontrol introduces new Raption 150 charger for e-buses

Spanish charging station maker Circontrol introduced a new 150 kW charger for e-buses, called the Raption 150, at the 2019 Busworld bus exhibition. The Raption 150 can charge at 600 volts, a voltage suitable for charging e-buses. Thanks to its modular system, Circontrol says the charger enjoys a high uptime and is scalable from 100… Read more »

New study: 10 percent EV penetration could shift utility’s entire peak load

Electric utilities around the world are exploring the potential of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems, which can reduce peak loads by using EV batteries to store renewably generated energy during the day and discharge it during peak consumption periods in the evenings. A new study from Jackson Associates analyzed 5,000 Southern California Edison (SCE) customers’ hourly loads… Read more »

PREMO launches high-efficiency secondary coils for wireless charging

PREMO, a Spanish manufacturer of inductive components for the automotive market, has announced a new series of compact secondary coils for wireless charging, the WC-RX-Series, that boast high efficiency and durability. In Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) systems for EVs, the secondary coils (also known as the receiver antenna) are installed on the vehicle, while the… Read more »

Plug&Charge to enable charging sans cards or apps in 2020

Network operator Electrify America and Berlin-based Hubject, the creator of a roaming platform for charging networks, have announced a significant step towards the upcoming launch of the Plug&Charge system, which will enable EV charging with no need for a membership card or smartphone app. Using Plug&Charge, EV drivers will simply plug their vehicle into a… Read more »