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The Infrastructure

German micro smart grid project supplies an EV fleet with renewable electricity

As Germany and Switzerland work to phase out their nuclear power plants, the countries are becoming vast laboratories for renewable energy research, and EVs are an important part of the equation. A team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, together with Daimler and the University of Stuttgart, has announced a project called charge@work, whose… Read more »

CarCharging resumes sales of the Blink HQ Level 2 residential charger

Miami Beach-based Car Charging Group (OTCQB: CCGI), which recently acquired the assets of bankrupt ECOtality, has resumed sales of the Blink HQ, a Level 2 residential EV charger. The 240-Volt, 30-Amp Blink HQ features a delay timer, an 18-foot cable and a hanger bracket, and comes with a 12-month warranty. It’s compatible with all EVs… Read more »

Navigant: Wireless charging equipment sales will exceed 300,000 units by 2022

According to Navigant Research, the prospects for wireless EV charging have taken off in the last 12 months, as several major automakers plan to bring wireless systems to market, and a significant portion of the industry believes that wireless technology represents the future of charging. In a new report, Wireless Charging Systems for Electric Vehicles,… Read more »

Hawaii bill would require EV charging stations in parking lots

The Hawaii State Senate is considering a bill that would require owners of parking lots to provide at least one exclusive space equipped with an EV charging station. Senate Bill 2651 would apply to parking lots with 100 spaces or more, and would go into effect in 2015. The bill was approved unanimously by the… Read more »

Sun Country Highway to deploy ABB dual-port fast chargers

Canadian charging operator Sun Country Highway has announced a partnership with ABB, and will add the EVSE giant’s 400-volt DC dual-port chargers to its network, which already includes hundreds of Level 2 charging stations. “We plan to move ahead with 20 or more installations this year,” said Christopher Misch, Vice President of Sun Country Highway…. Read more »

DENSO begins field test of wireless battery charging system

Global automotive supplier DENSO is beginning a ten-month field test of its wireless battery charging system in Toyota City, Japan. The test is intended to identify any potential operational issues and look at ways to enhance the convenience of wireless charging. For the test, DENSO has equipped a delivery truck with a power receiver that… Read more »

Delaware charger project aims to bring the entire state within EV range

The University of Delaware and the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will collaborate on a pilot program to install a few strategically placed EV charging stations to enable long trips in the state. The new project, which has a budget of $80,000, will take into account driver convenience as well as… Read more »

Fraunhofer ESK develops communication interfaces for energy management

Vehicle-grid integration is one of the hottest topics in the EV world, with pilot projects cropping up all over the globe. The relationship between EVs and the electrical grid is complex – charging must be managed to avoid overloading local grids, but on the other hand, EVs and/or used EV batteries can help utilities to… Read more »

ABB to supply DC fast chargers for China’s DENZA EV

Power and automation technology group ABB has announced a strategic collaboration with BYD Daimler New Technology (BDNT) to supply DC fast chargers over the next six years for the DENZA EV, which is scheduled to make its debut at the Auto China trade fair in Beijing in April. The Chinese government has introduced a DC… Read more »

SKY Smart Charging uses open standards to help utilities manage EV loads

As EVs multiply, utilities are beginning to see the need to manage EV charging to prevent overloading of the electricity network. The impact of EV charging on peak load and local distribution networks are some of the key challenges. San Francisco-based Greenlots has introduced its SKY Smart Charging platform to address the needs of the… Read more »