The Infrastructure

Alliance Ventures invests in Chinese charging platform startup PowerShare

Alliance Ventures, the venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has invested an undisclosed amount in PowerShare, an EV charging platform startup based in China. PowerShare, which received investment from BP Ventures just weeks before this latest investment, offers an online platform that connects EV drivers, charge point operators, and power suppliers. The startup’s cloud-based system enables… Read more »

Startup Chargeway launches kiosks to showcase EV charging options

Chargeway, a software startup that has developed a simple visual language for charging and selling EVs, has launched a digital kiosk to be placed in auto dealerships and EV showcases. The kiosks, called Chargeway Beacons, are designed to educate potential EV buyers on the various available public charging options. The kiosks will be showcased at… Read more »

ClipperCreek releases new ruggedized versions of its EV chargers

EVSE manufacturer ClipperCreek has released new ruggedized versions of two of its Level 2 charging stations. The ruggedized versions of the 48 Amp HCS-60 and 64 Amp HCS-80 charging stations are intended for heavy-utilization fleets, public parking lots and extreme weather locations. The ruggedized HCS-60 and HCS-80 augment the original charging stations with rubber overmolded… Read more »

MAHLE licenses wireless EV charging technology from WiTricity

Automotive supplier MAHLE announced that it has licensed magnetic resonance wireless charging technology from WiTricity. “With the acquisition of licenses for WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology, we’re now progressing to the concrete development stage,” said MAHLE’s Otmar Scharrer. “This will involve our expertise in control electronics, software, and thermal management. In the development of our solution,… Read more »

WiTricity acquires Qualcomm Halo

Wireless charging pioneer WiTricity announced the acquisition of Qualcomm’s Halo wireless technology platform. The acquisition will bring over 1,500 patents and patent applications related to wireless charging under WiTricity’s control, while Qualcomm Incorporated will become a minority WiTricity shareholder. Qualcomm and WiTricity have been working collaboratively with global standards organizations, which currently use reference designs… Read more »

Propel Fuels to launch EV charging network in California

Fuel retailer Propel Fuels has announced plans to launch an EV charging network in California. Propel calls the charging network Propel Power, and plans to begin testing it by the end of 2019, with the aim of performing a broader rollout in 2020. Propel Power will complement Propel Fuels’ existing fueling stations, which Propel will… Read more »

BP invests in Chinese charging platform PowerShare

BP Ventures has invested in Powershare, a Chinese provider of integrated hardware and software for EV charging, during a Series A funding round. PowerShare offers an online platform that connects drivers, charge point operators, and power suppliers. The company’s cloud-based system allows power suppliers to continuously monitor the power demand from vehicles and balance it… Read more »

Tesla makes CCS adapter standard on new European Model S and X vehicles

Tesla developed its proprietary Supercharger system because it wasn’t willing to wait for other automakers to agree on a fast charging standard. Since then, CCS has become the most popular standard in the US and Europe, and sprawling new networks based on CCS are being rolled out as we speak. Last November, Tesla announced that… Read more »

Hubject and Greenlots to deploy Plug&Charge, enabling charging sans card or app

Greenlots, a provider charging and energy management software and solutions that was recently acquired by Shell, has partnered with charging interoperability expert Hubject to deploy ISO 15118 Plug&Charge technology in North America. Customers with new Plug&Charge-enabled vehicles will no longer need an app or card to pay for charging. With Hubject’s Plug&Charge ecosystem and public… Read more »

Hydro-Québec to deploy 1,600 fast charging stations over the next 10 years

Québec’s public utility, Hydro-Québec, has announced that it will install 1,600 fast charging stations over the next 10 years. It has already deployed 22 new fast charging stations in 2019, and hopes to deploy about 100 in total by the end of the year. as part of its public charging network the Electric Circuit. The… Read more »