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The Infrastructure

Kansas City Power & Light to install 1,000 charging stations

Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) has announced plans to install and operate more than 1,000 EV charging stations in the Kansas City region, which the company says will be the largest charging station installation by an electric utility in the US. KCP&L’s Clean Charge Network will be part of the ChargePoint network, and will… Read more »

BMW and Volkswagen partner with ChargePoint to create fast charging corridors on East and West Coasts

One indicator of an automaker’s seriousness about EVs may be its willingness to invest a substantial amount in charging infrastructure, as Nissan and Tesla have done. This week, BMW and Volkswagen, together with ChargePoint, announced an initiative to create express charging corridors on the east and west coasts of the US. In the initial phase,… Read more »

California offers grants to build a center for alternative fuels

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is making almost $1.2 million in grant funds available to develop a new center for alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in Central California. Public and private entities with a presence in California can apply for the funds. The proposed center must be open to the public and must support… Read more »

Nissan and Hydro-Québec partner to expand public charging network

Nissan has announced that it will support the expansion of the Electric Circuit public charging network with an investment in 25 DC fast charging sites. The Electric Circuit includes more than 360 public charging stations in operation in Québec, including 8 fast-charge stations. The new sites will be located at short-stop locations like restaurant chains… Read more »

AeroVironment’s new TurboDock modular commercial charging station

AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) has introduced a new EV charging station for commercial and workplace settings that is controlled through a smartphone app. TurboDock charges at Level 1 (12 amps/120 volts), or Level 2 (16 amps/240 volts), and has several features specially designed for commercial and workplace charging. When configured for 12-amp or 16-amp charging, TurboDock provides… Read more »

PG&E and BMW team up to test V2G services

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and BMW are working together to test the ability of EV batteries to provide services to the electrical grid. PG&E selected BMW after a competitive solicitation to manage a minimum of 100 kilowatts of electric demand on PG&E’s system, as other large industrial and commercial customers do today as… Read more »

Car Charging Group raises $6 million in new funding

Car Charging Group, the Florida-based provider of EV charging services, has closed an offering of convertible preferred securities and warrants, and raised net proceeds of up to $6 million from current institutional shareholders. Two million of the funds were delivered at closing, with the remainder to be disbursed upon achievement of operating milestones over the… Read more »

ChargePoint unveils home charging station

ChargePoint, which operates a vast public charging network, is now targeting the residential market with the launch of its new home EV charging station. ChargePoint Home is a small and sleek unit – with a footprint about the size of the average tablet – that plugs into a standard 240 V outlet and can be… Read more »

Germany plans push for more charging stations

Germany seems to be coming around to the wisdom of getting charged. Europe’s largest economy hopes to spur EV demand by expanding its network of EV charging stations, Reuters reported this week (via Green Car Reports). The news organization cited a paper published by the German Transport Ministry, which said that motorway services operator Tank & Rast… Read more »

DOE and electric utilities produce report on EV charging impact

A new report from the DOE describes the findings from six Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) projects, in which electric utilities around the country evaluated operations and customer charging behaviors for home and public EV charging stations. The report, Evaluating Electric Vehicle Charging Impacts and Customer Charging Behaviors, is intended to help utilities determine how… Read more »