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The Infrastructure

British Columbia public EV charging stations see rapid growth in usage

A growing number of drivers are plugging into British Columbia’s public EV charging stations. Powertech Labs, a subsidiary of local utility BC Hydro, tracks 350 of BC’s 550 public chargers, and reports that the number of charging sessions at those stations doubled between August 2013 and August 2014. “Over 40,000 charging sessions were reported in… Read more »

As DC fast chargers multiply, so do standards

Public DC fast-charging stations are proliferating around the world at what some might call an alarming rate. In at least 50 countries, EV drivers can top up their batteries in the time it takes to (leisurely) enjoy a cup of tea, or whatever the local beverage may be. While automakers agree on the importance of… Read more »

French consortium aims to develop EV charging ecosystem for commercial buildings

It’s becoming apparent that EV charging should be considered as part of an “ecosystem” that also includes renewable energy generation and stationary storage.  France’s Eco2charge consortium, coordinated by Bouygues Energie, has launched an R&D program to study the deployment of solutions of this kind, especially for commercial buildings. Eco2charge notes that an average EV consumes… Read more »

Efacec’s new light and compact DC charger

DC chargers are getting smaller and lighter, with commensurate cost savings. Portuguese electrical manufacturer Efacec has introduced its new QC24S, which provides fast charging for CCS-compatible EVs (VW, BMW, Daimler, GM). A CHAdeMO version is scheduled for launch by the end of this year. “This new product is a breakthrough and will be a huge… Read more »

Big charge on campus: EV charging at US colleges increases by 35%

It’s back-to-school time, and many of the nation’s college and university students will return to campus to find more EV charging stations than ever. ChargePoint reports that there are currently 1,134 charging spots at colleges and universities in its network, an increase of about 35% from the same time last year. On-campus EV charging is… Read more »

ClipperCreek upgrades power rating of its HCS-40 and CS-40 series charging stations

ClipperCreek has upgraded the power rating for its popular HCS-40 and CS-40 series EV charging stations from 30 amps to 32 amps continuous. “We are constantly developing new products to bring the next level of customer value to the market,” said ClipperCreek President and founder Jason France. “After an in-depth analysis, the ClipperCreek team determined… Read more »

New report: Used EV batteries and California’s energy storage needs

As California searches for cheap energy storage options, a new report by the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative at the UCLA and UC Berkeley law schools suggests that used EV batteries may be the ideal solution. “Most batteries will retain much of their capacity and value after the use of the car,” said report… Read more »

Opbrid Trukbaar brings overhead DC fast charging to electric trucks

Furrer+Frey and Opbrid have developed the Opbrid Bůsbaar, an overhead high-power charging system for heavy-duty vehicles, which is now being used to charge the Volvo Electric Hybrid bus in a couple of pilot projects in Sweden. Their new product, the Opbrid Trůkbaar V3, brings automatic fast charging to electric trucks. City buses are natural candidates… Read more »

Nevada utility finds EVs offer lower costs, cleaner air

Electric utilities have a major role to play in the electromobility revolution. A new report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) presents Nevada’s major utility, NV Energy, as an example of how utilities can promote EV adoption, bringing lower costs, cleaner air and new economic opportunities to their customers. The new report, NV Energy:… Read more »

ABB and BYD to collaborate on energy storage

Electronics giant ABB and Chinese automaker BYD have announced a strategic collaboration to develop new solutions for energy storage. The new partnership aims to accelerate the introduction of new solutions for EV charging, as well as stationary storage for renewable energy applications. The collaboration will focus on grid-connected energy storage, micro-grid applications, solar energy and… Read more »