The Infrastructure

Wireless charging provider WiTricity raises $34 million in venture capital

Wireless power transfer specialist WiTricity has closed a $34-million investment round. Stage 1 Ventures led the round, and investors included Air Waves Wireless Electricity and Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas). The infusion of capital will enable WiTricity to continue its wireless power platform development and expand its intellectual property portfolio. WiTricity is actively engaged with key standards… Read more »

Proterra unveils high-power charging solutions for large-scale fleets

Heavy-duty EV builder Proterra has unveiled a new, high-power charging solution designed to facilitate the electrification of large-scale vehicle fleets. Developed in partnership with power systems design specialist Power Electronics, the new charging system offers transit agencies and fleet operators a customizable vehicle charging solution. The new Proterra Energy charging systems can be configured at… Read more »

Electrify America rolls out kilowatt-hour pricing in Florida and Virginia

Following California’s 2019 announcement of an eventual ban on time-based pricing for EV charging, the industry has been moving towards kilowatt-hour pricing, which many EV drivers consider to be fairer and more transparent. Electrify America updated its pricing structure in September to reflect the growing preference for kWh pricing, and now offers kWh pricing in… Read more »

ViriCiti deploys Smart Charging project for Dutch e-bus operator Qbuzz

Fleet management specialist ViriCiti has begun rolling out a major implementation of its Smart Charging service for Qbuzz, a public transport operator in the Netherlands that runs a fleet of 782 vehicles. Qbuzz will use ViriCiti’s Smart Charging solution to manage a total of 163 chargers (both plug-in and pantograph) from Heliox and ABB, which… Read more »

Octopus Energy’s roaming service now includes over 1,000 chargers across the UK

Octopus Energy, a UK retail supplier of renewable electricity, launched a roaming service for EV charging called the Electric Juice Network in May—charter members included charging providers Char.gy and Osprey (formerly Engenie). Now four more charging firms—Franklin Energy LiFe, Hubsta, Alfa Power and Plug-N-Go—have joined the Electric Juice Network, bringing the total number of participating… Read more »

SAE publishes Wireless Charging standard

SAE International has published a new global standard that specifies both the vehicle-side and charger-side requirements for wireless charging of EVs. The new standard, SAE J2954, was more than a decade in the making. In 2007, when SAE began its research, there were few EVs on the market, and wireless power transfer (WPT) may have… Read more »

ABB and Lion Electric partner to offer end-to-end charging solution for heavy-duty vehicles

Charging giant ABB has joined forces with Canadian heavy-duty EV manufacturer Lion Electric to sell and service EV charging equipment. ABB will offer its complete EVSE product line to Lion Electric, to be sold under the new Lion Energy infrastructure division. This will enable Lion to offer an end-to-end infrastructure solution, streamlining the process of… Read more »

Düsseldorf bakery claims to have Germany’s largest fast charging hub

German organic baker Roland Schüren is a long-time supporter of the clean-tech revolution (Energiewende in German). The bakery, located at the busy Kreuz Hilden motorway junction near Düsseldorf, features a large EV charging facility and a rooftop photovoltaic installation. It’s a well-known meeting point for EV enthusiasts, who can top up their batteries while enjoying… Read more »

EVSE provider SemaConnect secures investment from private equity firm Trilantic

SemaConnect, a provider of charging infrastructure solutions, has received a substantial minority investment from private equity firm Trilantic North America. Founder and CEO Mahi Reddy and COO Mark Pastrone each continue to own “meaningful equity stakes” in the business, and will lead the company through its next phase of growth. SemaConnect has sold over 10,000… Read more »

i-charging’s new blueberry range of fast chargers covers light- and heavy-duty EVs

Portuguese EVSE manufacturer i-charging has introduced its first range of DC fast chargers. The new blueberry line offers power levels between 50 kW and 600 kW, and is available in three configurations: blueberry, blueberry PLUS and blueberry CLUSTER. It supports charging of EVs with battery system voltages of up to 1,000 V. The blueberry range… Read more »