The Infrastructure

Colorado considers parking fines for cars blocking EV charging stations

A bill that would fine drivers for blocking EV charging stations has passed the Colorado House of Representatives and is now in the Senate, reports the Colorado Sun. House Bill 1298 would impose a $150 fine on non-EVs and EVs that have finished charging but haven’t been moved after a 30-minute grace period. Opponents claim… Read more »

DOE awards WAVE $8.4 million to develop charging platform for EV drayage truck

The DOE has awarded $8.4 million to EV technology company WAVE (Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification) to develop and deploy high-power, fact-charging technology for EV drayage trucks at the Port of Los Angeles. WAVE will partner with Cummins, Schneider Electric, Utah State University and Total Transportation Services (TTSI) to develop a 500 kW wireless inductive charger… Read more »

Hawaii EV ownership grew 26% last year, but lack of chargers holding back growth

According to new survey data from Ulupono Initiative, an investment firm focused on sustainability projects, Hawaii’s limited charging infrastructure is holding back the state’s transition from ICEs, despite an upward trend in EV ownership throughout Hawaii. In the white paper “The Extra Mile: Why Electric Vehicles Make Sense for Hawaii’s Economy, Environment and Communities,” Ulupono… Read more »

Phihong introduces 7.7 kW charger for the North American market

Phihong, an OEM electronics manufacturer, has introduced a 7.7 kW charger for the North American market. The AC32 7.7 kW AC charger weighs less than 7 kg (15 lbs) and requires a single-phase 220 to 240 Vac input. It can be wall-mounted or free standing. The chargers are outdoor-rated and can withstand operating temperatures between… Read more »

MAHLE installs chargeBIG centralized charging system at Stuttgart Airport

Automotive supplier MAHLE is installing its chargeBIG charging system, and 110 charging points, at the Stuttgart Airport. chargeBIG is a centralized, scalable charging infrastructure for short-term parking lots and fleet operators. The system is designed to decrease bottlenecks in the power supply by dynamically managing the electric load. The chargeBIG chargers allow for single-phase AC… Read more »

Several states now plan to require credit card readers on public chargers

In California, a controversial plan to require credit card readers on all public charging stations has generated a lot of pushback from the industry. Charging network operators, hardware manufacturers and other stakeholders say that installing and maintaining the readers would impose excessive costs on what is already a very low-margin business, and point out that,… Read more »

Fortum to build wireless charging infrastructure for electric taxis in Oslo

Finnish utility company Fortum is working with the city of Oslo and US-based Momentum Dynamics to build a wireless fast-charging infrastructure for taxis in the Norwegian capital. The project aims to install wireless charging using induction technology that can handle power levels up to 75 kW. The company plans to install charging plates in the… Read more »

Jaguar Land Rover installs 166 charging stations at Gaydon facility

Jaguar Land Rover has installed 166 EV charging stations at its engineering facility in Gaydon, UK, for use by employees. The automaker claims the charging installation is the largest of its kind in the UK, and also plans to install charging stations in the visitor parking lot. The 7 kW AC charging stations were supplied… Read more »

Sacramento County to award up to $15.5 million in EV charger rebates

Sacramento County, California will award up to $15.5 million for businesses and nonprofits to install commercial-grade Level 2 chargers and high-powered DC fast chargers. The Sacramento County Incentive Project is led by the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP). CALeVIP is accepting applications for DC fast charger installation rebates of up to $70,000 per charger,… Read more »

Duke Energy proposes $76-million EV program in North Carolina

Duke Energy has proposed a three-year, $76-million program to support EV adoption in North Carolina. The proposal includes funding for the adoption of electric school buses, electric public transportation, and almost 2,500 new charging stations. The company is awaiting approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission. If approved, the program will provide the following: Residential EV… Read more »