The Infrastructure

ABB breaks ground on new EV charger factory to meet global demand

Since entering the EV charging market a decade ago, ABB has sold over 14,000 DC fast chargers, in more than 80 countries. However, the Swiss-based electronics giant believes this is just the beginning. It has begun construction on a new production facility in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy. The company plans to invest $30 million in… Read more »

Driivz to provide charging software platform to Eastern European gas station chain

More and more petroleum retailers are offering EV charging, and this trend is spreading to Eastern Europe. Israeli charging software specialist Driivz will supply the Budapest-based oil company MOL Group with a charging management platform and a self-service app for drivers. MOL currently operates charging stations in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, and… Read more »

JuiceBar introduces a third generation of sleek and flexible charging stations

JuiceBar’s charging stations are known for their sleek design—the original JuiceBar was developed in collaboration with BMW Designworks USA. The company’s new JuiceBar Gen 3 carries on this tradition, and is also designed to offer charging station owners the maximum in flexibility. Owners can customize their chargers with logos and unique designs for brand building… Read more »

AMPLY Power manages electric bus charging for SolTrans

AMPLY Power is managing the charging of electric buses for SolTrans, a public transportation provider for south Solano County, California. SolTrans operates both electric and CNG buses, and AMPLY’s hardware-agnostic, Charging-as-a-Service software solution will optimize energy use and fuel costs across vehicle types. At SolTran’s depot, where the agency has four charging stations, AMPLY installed… Read more »

DOE: CCS chargers outnumber CHAdeMO in the US

At first glance, the Department of Energy’s latest stats on public fast chargers indicate that we’re in the midst of a thrilling standards war, with the two competitors running neck-and-neck. There are two competing DC fast charging standards in the US (aside from Tesla’s proprietary Supercharger): CHArge de MOve (CHAdeMO), developed by the Japanese and… Read more »

Circontrol adds contactless card payment to its European charging stations

As human contact becomes passé, contactless bank card payments are surging in popularity. Barcelona-based Circontrol has become the latest charging provider to add a contactless payment system to its public chargers. The company has already implemented the contactless payment system on its 400 fast chargers in the UK, and is now rolling it out in… Read more »

DC fast chargers in California’s Central Valley are a crucial link in the West Coast Electric Highway

Three Love’s Travel Stops along State Highway 99 in California’s Central Valley plan to install public charging stations as part of the West Coast Electric Highway initiative funded by the California Energy Commission. Each of the three new charging sites, located in Ripon, Madera and Tulare, will feature four individual charging posts, including both Level… Read more »

Leipzig electric buses to use Siemens fast charging infrastructure

Public transport operator Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB), which serves the city of Leipzig, Germany, has ordered 21 electric low-floor buses from VDL Bus & Coach. Siemens Smart Infrastructure will provide the charging infrastructure. “Switching to electric bus transport requires not only the vehicles but also an efficient charging infrastructure that guarantees reliable operation,” said Boris Höltermann,… Read more »