The Infrastructure

Urban Electric concludes successful trial of on-street pop-up charging stations

British charging startup Urban Electric Networks has completed a trial of its UEone prototype on-street pop-up charging hub, which was conducted in association with Oxford City Council. Urban Electric’s pop-up charging hubs were developed specifically to solve the problem of at-home charging for the 43% of UK households who have no assigned parking spaces, and… Read more »

Chicago to require EVSE-ready parking spaces

The Chicago City Council has approved an ordinance requiring new construction of larger residential and commercial buildings to make at least 20% of parking spaces ready for the installation of EV charging stations. The new rules apply to residential buildings with 5 or more units, and commercial buildings with 30 or more parking spaces. As… Read more »

New Lightning Mobile charger provides roadside DC fast charging for fleet vehicles

Colorado-based Lightning Systems, a manufacturer of zero-emission drivetrains for commercial fleets, has introduced Lightning Mobile, a mobile DC fast charger. Equipped with 192 kWh of high-energy-density, liquid-cooled battery storage in a package that can be installed in a vehicle or trailer for mobile deployment, Lightning Mobile is designed to provide on-demand roadside charging. Lightning Systems… Read more »

ORNL demonstrates bi-directional wireless charging on UPS delivery van

Researchers at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recently demonstrated a 20-kilowatt bi-directional wireless charging system installed on a UPS medium-duty, plug-in hybrid electric delivery truck. In the demo, the system transferred power at more than 92% efficiency between the truck and a charging pad across an 11-inch air gap, using two electromagnetic coupling… Read more »

London firms partner to convert 1,000 storage units to EV charging hubs

The plight of urban dwellers who have no assigned parking spaces is emerging as the next big roadblock to faster EV adoption. In London, an estimated 78% of households have no private parking spaces, and Mayor Sadiq Khan has set a target of deploying 50,000 charging points in the city by 2025. With encouragement from… Read more »

ABB to supply high-voltage chargers for Volvo heavy vehicle charging project

Electronics giant ABB will be supplying chargers capable of charging batteries at up to 920 VDC for Volvo’s Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project. The Volvo LIGHTS project is a partnership among the Volvo Group, charging solution provider Greenlots (a Shell subsidiary), and several other players in the charging infrastructure space. The project… Read more »

New Jersey watchdog agency says utilities can’t invest ratepayer money in EVSE

New Jersey’s Division of Rate Counsel, a state agency charged with representing the interests of ratepayers in dealing with regulated utilities, is seeking to block two companies from spending hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars on EV infrastructure projects. In separate filings with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Division Director Stefanie Brand is… Read more »

Tri Delta Transit uses AMPLY Power’s charging platform to save on energy costs

Transit agency Tri Delta Transit, which operates 15 bus routes serving some 250,000 residents in Contra Costa County, California, is using a managed charging software platform from AMPLY Power to optimize its energy usage, while ensuring that its vehicles are charged and ready to work each day. Tri Delta Transit began operating electric buses from… Read more »

Fortum sells majority share of Nordic EV charging operator to Infracapital

Finnish energy conglomerate Fortum has agreed to sell the majority of its public charging network operator Fortum Recharge to Infracapital, a subsidiary of investment manager M&G. Fortum Recharge owns approximately 1,300 public chargers, mostly DC fast chargers, and operates an additional 1,400 charging points in Norway, Finland and Sweden. After the transaction Fortum’s ownership in… Read more »

FreeWire Technologies raises $25 million in new financing

FreeWire Technologies, a provider of “power solutions for the grid edge,” has closed a $25-million Series B and venture debt financing round, which was led by existing investor BP Ventures, together with new investors ABB Technology Ventures and Energy Innovation Capital. The financing will support the commercialization of FreeWire’s fast charging technologies. The company’s solutions… Read more »