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The Infrastructure

Paired Power’s solar canopy offers portable, modular EV charging—grid connection optional

A portable, self-contained charging station would be mighty handy in a variety of applications—events, emergency backup power, or maybe just a location where it’s not practical to install a permanent grid-connected charger. We’ve reported on several companies that offer such products, including Envision Solar and 3ti. Now Paired Power has introduced a new entrant to… Read more »

SparkCharge updates its mobile charging hardware and software

At a recent event at its headquarters in Somerville, Massachusetts, mobile charging provider SparkCharge unveiled new features for its Currently mobile app, along with updates to its Roadie mobile DC fast charger system. “SparkDay is more than just a launch of new products,” said Josh Aviv, CEO and founder of SparkCharge. “It is a celebration… Read more »

New Tesla V4 Supercharger site to feature Megapack battery storage and solar generation

As fast charging stations become more powerful, they will increasingly include energy storage and on-site generation. Tesla has been planning to phase in these features for some time, but widespread deployment has been delayed. In 2017, the company said it planned to add solar and batteries to all Supercharger stations, and even disconnect some of… Read more »

Pinellas County, Florida installs DC fast chargers to prepare for electric school buses

Pinellas County, Florida, the home of your favorite EV magazine, will soon be one of the first counties in the state to deploy electric school buses. The Pinellas County School District has (finally) received a $5.5-million grant from the 2016 Dirty Diesel Debacle settlement with Volkswagen. School districts in Broward, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach… Read more »

Co Charger and Paua team up to offer home and en route charging to UK business drivers

Co Charger and Paua, two EV charging solution providers located in the UK, have joined forces “to provide business drivers with single access to both base and route charging across almost 22,000 charge points nationwide.” The joint offering combines Paua’s charging service for business drivers with Co Charger’s charging solution, which allows drivers who cannot… Read more »

Korea’s SK Group acquires Signet EV, invests in Polestar

South Korean conglomerate the SK Group has entered the EVSE market by acquiring a majority stake in charger manufacturer Signet EV. SK acquired 55.5% of Signet EV’s shares for 293 billion won ($263 million). Established in 2016, Korean firm Signet EV, which sells a full line of EV charging hardware and solutions, including 350 kW… Read more »

ABB to build new EV charger factory in South Carolina

ABB E-mobility has announced plans for a multi-million-dollar investment to expand its manufacturing operations in Columbia, South Carolina. The new facility will be capable of producing up to 10,000 chargers per year, ranging from 20 to 180 kW in power. The operation builds on ABB E-mobility’s existing US manufacturing operations which produce transit bus chargers… Read more »

Rocsys joins European robotic charging consortium

Rocsys, a provider of autonomous robotic charging solutions, has joined ROCIN-ECO, a consortium with IONITY, Audi, TÜV SÜD, Porsche, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, AVL and Huber+Suhner. The vision of the ROCIN-ECO consortium is to equip fast charging stations along European highways with one or more robotic charging lanes. These will enable a fully automated charge and… Read more »

Duke Energy to use Ford F-150 Lightning electric trucks in V2G pilot

Duke Energy is planning a new demand response pilot in the Duke Energy Carolinas service area. Under the program, which is expected to launch in 2023, customers who lease an eligible EV, including the Ford F-150 Lightning, will get reduced lease payments in exchange for allowing their EVs to feed energy back to the grid…. Read more »

Four states agree on vague plan to promote public charging along Lake Michigan shoreline

Great news! The governors of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin have announced a plan to build a network of public charging stations along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Local media reminded us of the scenic and touristic attractions of the region, and rightly pointed out how nice it will be to make these wonders more accessible… Read more »