The Infrastructure

LS Power to acquire EVgo

Utility holding company LS Power will acquire charging network operator EVgo from Vision Ridge Partners. EVgo operates more than 750 charging sites with over 1,250 fast chargers across 34 states. The transaction is expected to close in early 2020. David Nanus, Co-Head of Private Equity at LS Power, said, “This acquisition provides LS Power the… Read more »

EVgo to offer Tesla connectors on its nationwide charging network

Tesla drivers are rightly proud of their Supercharger network, but there are times when it would be convenient to use another public charging station. In some regions, the lines at Superchargers are becoming longer, and new third-party public chargers are appearing all over the country. In Europe, Tesla has equipped Model 3 with a CCS… Read more »

Duke Energy to provide $300,000 in grants for electric bus charging in North Carolina

Duke Energy will provide two transit agencies in the Triangle, North Carolina area with grants totaling $300,000 for electric bus charging stations. GoTriangle, which operates in Wake, Durham and, Orange counties, will receive $100,000 to put towards the installation of two charging stations for two buses scheduled to arrive by the end of 2019. GoRaleigh… Read more »

Electrify America and Lyft partner on EV rideshare charging

Electrify America and Lyft have partnered to provide users of Lyft’s Express Drive short-term car rental program access to Electrify America’s DC fast charging network. The project will commence in Denver, Colorado, where Express Drive users will have access to Electrify America’s 30 chargers at 7 DC fast charging stations. Electrify America intends to add… Read more »

Northvolt to couple charging station with energy storage system

Northvolt and Swedish power provider Mälarenergi are partnering to construct an energy storage system at an EV charging station in Västerås, Sweden. The companies are designing the battery system to provide more than an 80% reduction in electricity peak demand directly at the charging station, thereby lessening the impact of EV charging on the local… Read more »

BMW launches Bidirectional Charging Management research project

A consortium of companies led by the BMW Group has launched the Bidirectional Charging Management (BCM) research project to develop backfeeding power technology, which will allow vehicles to transfer energy back into the power grid or customers’ homes when plugged into a compatible charging station or wallbox. The goal is to allow EVs to operate… Read more »

ABB installs 40 fast charging stations across Sweden for Vattenfall

Swiss electronics company ABB is providing charging stations and grid connection hardware for a Swedish charging network developed by state-owned energy company Vattenfall. ABB has already provided equipment for Vattenfall at almost 40 public locations across Sweden. Vattenfall is using the ABB Terra fast charger, which ABB calls the world’s fastest EV charger. ABB’s all-in-one… Read more »

Automated charging startup ROCSYS completes new investment round

Dutch startup ROCSYS, which is focused on developing automated EV chargers, has completed its seed investment round, led by Estonia-based investing company Superangel as well as Forward.one, a Dutch venture capital fund focused on high-tech hardware. This latest round follows previous funding by Dutch investment fund UNIIQ. As the auto industry continues to develop self-parking… Read more »

Hubject and Penta Security partner on secure EV charging

Hubject and Penta Security have partnered to develop a system of secure communication for EVs and charging stations through the ISO 15118 standard, which supports the Plug&Charge charging and payment process. The partnership allows the companies to validate authentication data through the Vehicle to Grid Root Certification Authority (V2G Root CA). Seokwoo Lee, CEO of… Read more »

ClipperCreek launches upgraded dual-charging station

ClipperCreek’s new HCS-D40P is a 32-amp, Level 2 dual-charging station. The wall-mount charger is equipped with a NEMA 6-50 or 14-50 plug, as well as 25-foot charging cables. The HCS-D40P is available for $1,369. Owners of ClipperCreek’s HCS-40P or HCS-50P can swap out their old chargers for the new version through the Trade-UP! program. Amanda… Read more »