The Infrastructure

Electrify America to deploy commercial robotic chargers

Charging network operator Electrify America and fleet charging company Stable Auto are launching a robotic charging pilot for self-driving vehicles in San Francisco. The pilot will aim to charge autonomous EVs without human intervention using robots attached to 150 kW DC fast chargers. Vehicles can park anywhere within a designated parking space and the robot… Read more »

InstaVolt installs 400th rapid charger in the UK

InstaVolt has begun construction of its 400th rapid charger, making it the UK’s largest owner-operated network of rapid chargers in the UK. It expects to have 600 rapid chargers in service by next spring. InstaVolt installs its chargers at no cost to the location owners, and takes care of the entire process, from planning to… Read more »

Florida to use VW Dieselgate funds to install fast charging stations, and to buy more diesels

The good news: Florida plans to invest $25 million from Volkswagen’s Dirty Diesel settlement in a network of highway charging stations. The (potentially) bad news: the state could choose to spend the rest of the settlement funds to replace existing diesel engines with newer, slightly cleaner, diesel engines. As part of Volkswagen’s punishment for getting… Read more »

Canada invests $4.6 million to add 92 fast chargers to nationwide network

The Canadian government has announced a $4.6-million investment in Petro-Canada to build 92 fast chargers in its coast-to-coast network. The first completed station, in Nova Scotia, will be part of a larger network of more than 50 Petro-Canada locations, each with two charging units on site. This investment is part of the Government of Canada’s… Read more »

Automated Tritium 175 kW chargers to serve terminal tractors at Port of Long Beach

EV charging equipment manufacturer Tritium will supply and install 33 DC high-power chargers at the Port of Long Beach, where they will power a fleet of electric-drive terminal tractors operated by SSA Marine. Tritium’s Veefil-PK 175 kW DC High Power Chargers will charge 33 terminal tractors automatically and simultaneously. The chargers will be equipped with… Read more »

Nissan Australia touts LEAF V2H capabilities, disses Tesla battery project

Nissan’s Global Director of Electric Vehicles, Nic Thomas, recently took a trip Down Under for the Australian launch of the Nissan LEAF Plus. In his speech, he highlighted the LEAF’s bidirectional charging capability, which he said is already being used in Japan, and is expected to be available in Australia within months. Nissan Australia’s Manager… Read more »

Electrify America to offer 2 years of free charging to Harley-Davidson LiveWire owners

Charging network operator Electrify America has partnered with Harley-Davidson to provide owners of its first all-electric motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire, with the per-minute equivalent of 500 kWh of complimentary charging over two years. Harley first teased an all-electric motorcycle in 2014 and the company plans to begin deliveries of the LiveWire in August 2019. “At… Read more »

Circontrol provides chargers for four Latin American highways

Barcelona-based charging station manufacturer Circontrol has provided charging stations for three new highways and one planned highway in Latin America. The first was completed in Uruguay at the end of 2017. The 300 km road connects the coastal cities of Colonia and Punta Este. The highway features six Circontrol charging points, one every 60 km…. Read more »