The Infrastructure

SparkCharge raises $3.3 million to scale production of its portable, modular charger

SparkCharge, which was profiled in the July/August 2019 issue of Charged, has developed a portable, modular charger that’s designed to provide anytime/anyplace charging on demand. Now the company has announced the closing of $3.3 million in seed round financing led by Point Judith Capital (PJC) with participation from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund,… Read more »

Volkswagen Group forms joint venture to build fast charging stations for Chinese market

Volkswagen Group Components and startup Shanghai DU-POWER New Energy have formed a joint venture to produce “flexible quick charging stations” in China. The two companies will each own 50% of the JV, which will be located in the Suzhou Wuzhong Development Zone, near Shanghai. Series production is scheduled to start in the second half of… Read more »

ABB installs 1,600 AC chargers at Chinese housing development

The scale of things in China tends to blow Western minds. Swiss electronics giant ABB recently supplied 1,600 AC charging stations to a single housing development near Qingdao, in Shandong province. ABB says this is its largest AC charger order to date. ABB’s EVinn AC charger includes capabilities such as digital billing, remote monitoring and… Read more »

Is Ford planning to build its own DC fast charging network?

One of the reasons for Tesla’s huge head start over other EV-makers is its comprehensive, convenient (and, for early buyers, free) Supercharger network. Now a member of the Mach-E Club has uncovered a hint that Ford plans to build its own DC fast charging network. A trademark filing at the US Patent and Trademark Office… Read more »

Electrify America offers DC fast charging plan for Kia Niro EV drivers

Electrify America and Kia Motors America have teamed up to offer a new charging program with special pricing for drivers of the Kia Niro EV. The Kia Select program offers a flat rate of 35 cents per minute of charging, with no session or subscription fees. To participate, drivers can simply download the Electrify America… Read more »

CaCharge’s EVSE solution is optimized for large-scale charging

CaCharge, a Swedish provider of smart charging solutions that was founded in 2015, is expanding its reach in Europe. The company expanded into Norway in 2019, and is now selling its charging solution in the Benelux countries through its partner Odyssey Impact Investments. CaCharge’s EV charging solution is designed to make large-scale charging possible and… Read more »

New report from Ricardo analyzes global fast charging market

A new report from engineering consultancy Ricardo describes the rapidly changing market for DC fast chargers, and the implications for vehicle makers, supply chains, charging infrastructure providers and equipment manufacturers. High Voltage and Fast Charging for Electric Vehicles is aimed at suppliers of charging equipment and on-board electric powertrain products, energy companies and infrastructure providers,… Read more »

South Korea has fast chargers at 76 gas stations, is planning thousands more

No one can yet say exactly what the charging infrastructure of the future will look like, but there’s certainly logic in the idea of installing DC fast chargers at existing gas stations. A small but growing number of station operators in the US have installed fast chargers. Total, BP and Shell are experimenting with EV… Read more »

EVBox and has·to·be link networks to offer seamless EV charging throughout Europe

Charging station manufacturer EVBox and eMobility platform provider has·to·be have teamed up to grant each other’s customers reciprocal access to the two companies’ charging networks. Both companies have integrated Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) standards into their software, so they can communicate with various charging station management systems. The new partnership ensures that has·to·be customers… Read more »

Envision Solar’s next-gen EV ARC 2020 features more parking area, flood resistance

Envision Solar (Nasdaq: EVSI) has launched a new generation of its EV ARC solar-powered EV charging stations. This evolution of the signature EV ARC series, already used in more than 100 US municipalities, sports a re-engineered S-curved column with electronic components and energy storage elevated to the underside of the sun-tracking solar canopy. As a… Read more »