Electronics giant ABB is busily building what it claims is the world’s first nationwide EV charging network in the Baltic nation of Estonia. This snappy video highlights the typical European blend of ancient architecture and modern technology in the country’s capital, Tallinn, as a modern-looking dude drives his LEAF to work and hooks it up… Read more »
The new chargers will be available to LEAF and Volt owners starting in April 2013 and require installation of a home charging station and an adapter on the undercarriage of the car.
The new charger supports the CHAdeMO standard, and features an attached AC charging cable. It is now on sale throughout Europe.
A two-year study that examined the charging behavior of 142 households with plug-in vehicles. The PHEVs averaged 68 mpg and used 27 megawatt-hours of electricity.
Ideal Power Converters (IPC) announced that the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has successfully demonstrated vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities using IPC’s bi-directional Battery Converter. V2G allows vehicles to exchange power with the electricity grid, providing benefits such as local peak demand reduction. IPC’s wall-mounted Battery Converter is based on a hardware platform… Read more »
A California appeals judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by EV charging station provider ECOtality against the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC). ECOtality was trying to stop the CPUC from funding a charging network set up by competitor EVgo. It’s bad news for ECOtality, but is it good news for California EV drivers? Let’s… Read more »
The SAE-J1772-compliant charger plugs into a dedicated 240 volt outlet and slides in and out of a wall-mounted bracket, allowing EV drivers to take their charging station with them.
Love it or hate it, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)’s long-awaited standard for plug-in vehicle charging has been approved and published. The new revision to the J1772 standard incorporates AC Levels 1 and 2 (up to 80 amps), and DC Levels 1 and 2 (up to 200 amps), and allows all to be combined on a… Read more »
When one is on a long car trip in the UK, and is ready for a cup of tea and a bun, one stops at a motorway service area. These are the equivalent of what US Interstate drivers call rest areas, except that they also have restaurants, convenience stores, gas stations – and now… Read more »
San Francisco-based ECOtality, the project manager of The EV Project, announced this week that it has delivered one million residential EV charge events with its Blink Chargers.