The Infrastructure

Electrify America makes second-cycle investment in BTC Power

Thanks to Volkswagen’s former bad habits, Electrify America has $2-billion to invest in EV infrastructure, $800 of that earmarked for California. In order to future-proof its network, EA has wisely divided its investment into four phases. The company is now beginning to announce plans for its second $200-million round of investment in the Golden State,… Read more »

Toronto celebrates 100th fast charging station

Toronto recently celebrated the official opening of the city’s 100th public DC fast charger. The new charger is located at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre, a Cadillac Fairview property. AddÉnergie Technologies, which owns and operates the FLO charging network, has received a  $750,000 grant from Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative to… Read more »

Electrify America opens California’s first 350 kW charging station

Electrify America is building a nationwide fast charging network that will be ready for the next generation of EVs, supporting charging speeds of up to 350 kW. So far, only the upcoming Audi e-tron can take advantage of this level of power, but EA isn’t waiting around – it has opened a charging station at… Read more »

New study: clusters of EV owners threaten to overload local electricity infrastructure

The growing energy demand created by EV charging could threaten the stability of electrical grids unless utilities take a proactive approach to planning their future networks, according to a joint study from management consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting and Australia-based charging infrastructure company Tritium. “Preparing the Grid for the Uptake of Electric Vehicles” highlights a clustering… Read more »

Nissan uses bidirectional charging tech to power North American facilities

Bidirectional charging technology (vehicle-to-grid or vehicle-to-building) has the potential to help reduce utility costs by using EV batteries to store energy and release it at times of peak consumption. Now Nissan, in partnership with Fermata Energy, a vehicle-to-grid systems company, has launched a pilot program that uses LEAFs equipped with bidirectional charging capability to partially… Read more »

Zapinamo’s new Hubz line of charging stations uses battery storage to reduce charging time

UK-based Zapinamo has developed a new charging system that uses battery storage to “power boost” a domestic electric grid connection and reduce charging time. According to Zapinamo, a typical home charger adds 4 miles of charge in 30 minutes, whereas the new Hubz unit can add 50 miles in 30 minutes. The Hubz product range… Read more »

ChargePoint CEO talks about Tesla Superchargers, wireless and the future of public charging

Pasquale Romano, the CEO of ChargePoint, one of the world’s largest charging networks, sat down with EV writer Jim Motavalli at the recent Web Summit conference for a wide-ranging interview. Romano discusses the accelerating growth of the EV market – in California, plug-ins now make up 5% of new-car sales, and in Silicon Valley it’s… Read more »

Hubject partners with MOEV to enable seamless charging

Charging interoperability pioneer Hubject has partnered with Los Angeles-based startup MOEV, a provider of chargers and cloud-based energy management software. The two companies will integrate their respective platforms in order to offer consumers a full-service charging resource. Hubject’s Intercharge platform enables EV drivers to easily find, access and pay for charging stations from diverse charging… Read more »

California utility PG&E proposes new commercial EV charging rates

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to create new commercial plug-in vehicle charging rates. Right now, fleet operators often pay higher rates to charge their EVs than regular business customers do. PG&E is proposing a subscription-based model that will let customers choose the quantity… Read more »

Envision Solar earns European patent for EV ARC portable solar charging station

San Diego-based Envision Solar has announced that the European Patent Office has approved a patent for the company’s EV ARC product line. Envision recently announced the issuance of a Chinese patent for its EV ARC product and a US patent for its Transformer ARC product. The company’s EV-Standard and UAV ARC are in advanced stages… Read more »