The Infrastructure

Charging network ChargePoint to go public in $2.4-billion deal

EVSE manufacturer and charging network operator ChargePoint plans to go public via the trendy vehicle of a special purpose acquisition company.  ChargePoint will merge with Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: SBE) to form a company called ChargePoint Holdings, which will be listed on the NYSE. The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction,… Read more »

Virtual Peaker and Fermata Energy aim to bring V2G technology to utilities

Kentucky-based Virtual Peaker and Fermata Energy have announced a partnership to integrate Fermata’s vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology with Virtual Peaker’s residential demand response platform, which is currently in use by several US utilities. Virtual Peaker’s Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) application is a cloud-based energy management platform that can connect to any in-home smart device… Read more »

Minnesota offers grants to deploy up to 38 fast charging stations

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has announced that it will fund the installation of up to 38 additional fast charging stations in Greater Minnesota, extending the existing EV highway corridor network by more than 2,500 miles. Chargers are to be placed 30 to 70 miles apart along 7 proposed corridors. The new $2.6-million grant… Read more »

In-Charge Energy to provide charging infrastructure for Navistar’s EV customers

NEXT eMobility Solutions, a business unit of Navistar International (NYSE: NAV), has signed a master services agreement with Los Angeles-based In-Charge Energy to provide charging infrastructure and consulting services to Navistar and its EV customers. As fleet operators electrify, they are learning that purchasing EVs is just the beginning of the process—they slso need to… Read more »

Electrify America creates new business unit for its home charging products

Electrify America is on a 10-year, $2-billion mission to build a comprehensive public DC fast charging network across the US. Last year it expanded into home charging with the launch of its Level 2 Home Charger. Now EA has formed a new business unit called Electrify Home, which aims to leverage the company’s considerable charging… Read more »

Porsche Digital spins off e-mobility loyalty program as &Charge

Porsche Digital has spun off an e-mobility company called &Charge. The Frankfurt-based startup is offering what it calls the first loyalty program for e-mobility in Europe. It provides a digital platform through which users can obtain credit for their online purchases, which can be redeemed for electric mobility services. For purchases, bookings and other transactions… Read more »

Hitachi ABB Power Grids launches charging system for EV fleets

Hitachi ABB Power Grids, a newly formed joint venture between the two electronics giants, has launched a new “grid-to-plug” EV charging system for public transport and commercial fleet operators. The new solution, called Grid-eMotion Fleet, is designed to enable fleet operators to efficiently scale up their operations. The Grid-eMotion Fleet solution comes in standard containers… Read more »

Smart charging specialist Wallbox acquires charging app provider Electromaps

Wallbox, a Barcelona-based manufacturer of smart charging solutions, has announced the acquisition of Electromaps, a digital platform for locating and accessing charging points. The Electromaps app, which allows users to access and pay for charging directly from their mobile phones, features a database of over 120,000 recharging points in 120 countries, and has some 100,000… Read more »

Enel X’s JuiceEco enables EV charging with 100% renewable energy

Enel X provides a range of smart charging and e-mobility solutions. The company’s latest product is JuiceEco, which enables EV drivers to power their rides with 100% renewable energy. JuiceEco provides Green-e certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to match the consumption of any EV anywhere in the US with carbon-free electricity. “JuiceEco provides EV drivers… Read more »

Wisconsin regulators consider mandatory EV programs for large utilities

Wisconsin regulators are considering requiring utilities to develop pilot charging programs for residential customers. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the state’s Public Service Commission voted to request utility feedback on a draft order that would require Wisconsin’s five largest utilities to submit plans for approval next year. For the state’s 120 or so smaller… Read more »