The Infrastructure

US Army base uses EVs as energy storage devices on microgrid

While many have discussed the potential of EVs to act as energy storage devices in a smart grid of the future, the day when this idea can be implemented on a citywide scale is probably pretty far off. However, a smaller, self-contained “microgrid” offers the perfect opportunity to test the concept. Microgrids are one of… Read more »

Austin Energy gets $500,000 to promote plug-in vehicles in Central Texas

Deep in the heart of a state that’s famous for petroleum and pickup trucks, Austin Energy, the electric utility that serves the capital city, is a leader in promoting electric vehicles. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the company an additional $500,000 to encourage plug-in vehicle adoption in Central Texas. Austin Energy has… Read more »

ChargePoint installs its first DC quick charger at California hotel

ChargePoint, a network of independently owned charging stations that operates in 14 countries, has opened its first publicly available DC fast charging station at the Residence Inn by Marriott in San Juan Capistrano, California, just off Interstate 5. The Fuji Electric 25 kW, CHAdeMO-compliant charger is owned and operated by EVoasis. “The collaboration with Fuji… Read more »

VIDEO: ABB builds nationwide EV charging network in Estonia

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 »