The Infrastructure

Volkswagen Group Components previews mobile charging robot

Volkswagen Group Components has revealed a prototype of its mobile charging robot, which is designed for fully autonomous charging of vehicles in places such as parking garages. The charging robot is started via an app or Car-to-X communication, and operates autonomously. It independently steers to the vehicle to be charged and communicates with it. The… Read more »

ChargeScan by BV offers an end-to-end solution for charging operators

Bureau Veritas, a specialist in testing, inspection and certification, has introduced a portfolio of services covering the full EVSE lifecycle, from the design, construction and commissioning of charging stations to charging network operation. The new ChargeScan by BV service offers clients real-time information verified by Bureau Veritas inspectors, allowing them to ensure that their charging… Read more »

Circontrol’s new Raption 100 kW fast charger

Charging station manufacturer Circontrol has launched a 100 kW fast charger. The new Raption 100 preserves the best features of its predecessor, the Raption 50, which was introduced 3 years ago and is one of the company’s best-selling charging stations. In 2019, the company sold over a thousand Raption 50 units worldwide. The new Raption… Read more »

Envision AESC provides battery modules for FreeWire Technologies’ charging stations

FreeWire Technologies makes several flexible charging solutions, including Mobi, a battery pack on wheels that can be used to charge EVs away from fixed charging stations; and the Boost Charger, a charging station that uses an integrated battery as a buffer to deliver high power output without stressing the local power supply. Now FreeWire has… Read more »

ABB and AFC Energy to develop fuel cell-powered EV charging solution

Charging giant ABB has formed a strategic partnership with fuel cell developer AFC Energy to create a charging solution for grid-constrained locations. The system will combine ABB’s energy storage solution and DC fast chargers with AFC Energy’s hydrogen fuel cells to provide a solution for charging sites with limited grid connections. AFC Energy says its… Read more »

EVBox Group to go public in SPAC deal

EVBox, a provider of charging hardware and software, has announced plans to go public through a merger with a company called TPG Pace Beneficial Finance (NYSE: TPGY). EVBox’s current owner, the French multinational utility ENGIE, will retain an ownership stake of over 40 percent, and will continue as a key partner of EVBox. The business… Read more »

ABB establishes new global R&D center for e-mobility

Charging infrastructure giant ABB has established a new E-mobility Innovation Lab. The $10-million, 3,600-square-meter facility is based on the Delft University of Technology campus, in the Netherlands. It will house 120 specialists, who will work on next-generation solutions to drive ABB’s future e-mobility development. ABB strives to ensure seamless connections among vehicles, charging stations, charging… Read more »

Rivian takes an adventurous approach to its charging network

As it prepares for the first deliveries of its R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV, Rivian is taking a page from Tesla’s book, making plans to set up its own public charging network (Tesla wasn’t thrilled about sharing that particular page—in July, it sued Rivian, claiming that the younger company had stolen trade secrets). As… Read more »

Nuvve activates V2G school bus project in New York

San Diego-based V2G specialist Nuvve has begun operation of a V2G pilot in White Plains, New York. The batteries on five electric school buses, built by Lion Electric, are now providing power to Con Edison’s grid. The charging and discharging takes place at a depot in North White Plains. When plugged in, Nuvve’s V2G platform… Read more »