The Infrastructure

Honda unveils two-way wireless V2G energy management system

Honda unveiled its new Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), a bi-directional energy management system, at CES 2019. Developed in partnership with WiTricity, the system creates a two-way energy flow between the grid and vehicles parked over WiTricity’s Drive 11 wireless charging pad, which can be used to power car batteries or help meet the grid’s energy demands… Read more »

TEPCO Ventures invests $2.5 million in V2G provider Fermata Energy

Fermata Energy, a provider of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, has secured a $2.5-million strategic investment from TEPCO Ventures, the investment arm of Tokyo Electric Power. Fermata’s bi-directional chargers enable EV batteries to provide energy storage to the power grid, reducing power loads during peak times and consequently reducing electricity costs. Fermata Energy’s proprietary software system is… Read more »

Circontrol’s new WallBox eNext range of chargers

Barcelona-based Circontrol has expanded its WallBox range of chargers with eNext, a new series that features an elegant design and a simplified charging process. The new charger is designed for homes, condominiums, workplaces and car parks. As e-mobility spreads, EV chargers will be ever more present in our environment, says Circontrol, so the external appearance… Read more »

ARDA Power’s EV Charging DC Microgrid includes gas power, solar, battery storage and DC fast charging

Toronto-based ARDA Power plans to construct an EV Charging DC Microgrid at an Etratech manufacturing facility in Burlington, Ontario. The grid-connected microgrid will DC-couple 50 kW of solar generation, 10 kW of natural gas generation, 100 kWh of battery storage, LED lights and a 50 kW DC fast charging station that will use DC power… Read more »

Michigan utility to offer charging station rebates and time-of-use rates

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has authorized electric utility Consumers Energy to launch a charging infrastructure pilot program that includes rebates and a time-of-use rate plan. Consumers Energy’s PowerMIDrive program, a three-year, $10-million effort, includes a Nighttime Savers Rate to encourage EV drivers to charge their vehicles between 7 pm and 6 am. Residential… Read more »

Hyundai unveils automated charging and parking system concept

Hyundai and Kia have released a video featuring a proposed system that would relocate fully charged EVs from charging stations and allow waiting vehicles to charge. Here’s how the Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS) works: the driver tells the vehicle to charge using a smartphone app, and the vehicle automatically cruises to a vacant wireless… Read more »

Volkswagen reveals mobile charging station

Volkswagen has offered up a glimpse of a future mobile fast charging station that can be set up flexibly and independently of the local power supply – for example, as a temporary charging point at events (somewhat like Envision Solar’s EV ARC or FreeWire’s Mobi Charger). Each charging station provides DC charging at power levels… Read more »

eMotorWerks and LO3 Energy introduce platform to connect EV owners with microgrids

EVSE manufacturer eMotorWerks has partnered with LO3 Energy to explore the idea of combining energy demand from EV charging with a local microgrid powered by green energy. An initial project will connect eMotorWerk’s JuiceNet EV charging platform to one of LO3’s transactive energy marketplaces, allowing local renewable energy to be traded between EV owners and… Read more »