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The Infrastructure

GE pilot intelligently schedules charging to reduce demand charges

General Electric, together with Con Edison and researchers at Columbia University, is working on a way to use Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition software to help operators of public EV chargers avoid expensive demand charges from utilities. The GE team has developed an EV charging station that uses software to estimate how much electricity will… Read more »

Efacec supplies 60 QC45 fast chargers for Benelux highway locations

The Portuguese firm Efacec Electric Mobility will supply 60 of its model QC45 quick chargers to be deployed at highway rest areas in the Netherlands and Belgium. The new chargers will be installed by EcoCare Milieutechniek and operated by Allego. Efacec’s QC45 is a multi-standard charger (CHAdeMO, CCS/Combo, AC Level 2) that features a color… Read more »

Danish charging network adds 100 ABB multi-standard DC fast chargers

Danish electomobility operator CLEVER plans to expand its charging network in Denmark and neighboring countries with 100 ABB Terra 53 multi-standard DC fast charging stations. The new chargers will be installed through partners, including Öresundskraft in Sweden. The network will continue expanding into other countries with support from the European TEN-T funding program. SEE ALSO: BC… Read more »

Qualcomm invests in Chargemaster to deploy wireless charging in UK

Qualcomm, maker of the Halo wireless charging system, has invested in Chargemaster, a UK-based manufacturer and operator of EV charging stations. The move will accelerate the planned UK deployment of Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology, Chargemaster said. Chargemaster has produced more than 27,000 charging stations, and operates POLAR, the UK’s largest network of public… Read more »

France to build nationwide EV charging network, phase out diesel cars

French industrial giant Bolloré plans to invest 150 million euros over the next four years to build a network of 16,000 public charging points across the country. Economy and Finance Minister Emmanuel Macron said that Bolloré may be granted tax relief for installing the charging stations on public highways. “Through a private initiative with public… Read more »

Siemens and Duke Energy demonstrate smart-grid-capable EVSE

As gains in energy efficiency and the plummeting cost of home-generated solar power threaten to shrink their revenues, some electric utilities seem to see EVs as a source of future demand for centrally-generated power. A case in point is Duke Energy, which, while leading the charge against efficiency and solar in its Florida service area,… Read more »

Workplace charging takes off, boosts EV ownership

Workplace charging is exploding in popularity, and it’s encouraging more and more drivers to go electric. The DOE’s EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge, a program that offers assistance to companies to provide charging to their employees, began in January 2013, and has since grown to 150 partners, which provide charging at over 300 work sites… Read more »

Blink charging stations to be restored to 30-Amp capacity

Florida-based CarCharging, which inherited the Blink public charging network from bankrupt ECOtality, has announced plans to upgrade its chargers, restoring the amperage from 24 Amps to its maximum capacity of 30 Amps. About two years ago, users began to report of problems with Blink level 2 charging stations at power levels above 3.3 kW. ECOtality… Read more »

Chargemaster’s management system keeps its public charging stations up and running

The British firm Chargemaster, which operates a network of over 10,000 public charging points across the UK, uses a proprietary system to monitor the operational availability of its network, and claims a 98.7% serviceability record over the last year. David Martell, Chargemaster CEO, said, “We are proud to have the best-maintained charge points not only… Read more »

Automakers offer free hydrogen – but not for the reason you think

Not ready to buy a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle yet? Would free fuel tip the balance? Both Hyundai and Toyota are offering free hydrogen fuel with their FCVs. According to Toyota, buyers of the new Mirai sedan will receive “complimentary hydrogen fuel for up to three years.” While free fuel may indeed be an enticement… Read more »