The Infrastructure

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 »

ABB to deploy its new bi-directional charging technology for V2G kiosks in France

Swiss electronics giant ABB will supply its brand-new 11 kW bi-directional charging technology, specially designed for V2G, as part of a contract with France’s DREEV, a joint venture between Électricité de France (EDF) and intelligent charging specialist Nuvve. ABB’s solution, integrated with DREEV software, will enable EV drivers to export surplus power back to the… Read more »

Electrify America installs nine ultra-fast charging stations at Illinois and Michigan retail sites

Electrify America is collaborating with Midwestern retailer Meijer to install charging stations at nine of Meijer’s stores across Illinois and Michigan. The stations will offer a total of 36 ultra-fast public EV chargers. One station in Bloomingdale, Illinois, is already operational, and by early 2021, the network plans to open sites in: Oswego, Aurora and… Read more »

Siemens solution allows EV power consumption to be metered separately

Siemens eMobility solutions is field-testing a new charging technology called the Meter Integrated Charger (MIC), which provides a way to measure the quantity of electricity used to charge an EV in order to track and manage consumption. “Currently, for most customers who own EVs, EV energy consumption is mixed in with all other usage in… Read more »

Oil giant Total acquires London charging network

Total, along with fellow European oil giants BP and Shell, has been buying up assets all along the EV charging value chain. Now we learn that Total has acquired a major UK charging network, Source London, which operates over 1,600 on-street charging points in London. Total acquired Source London from the French Bolloré Group, which… Read more »

Charging network ChargePoint to go public in $2.4-billion deal

EVSE manufacturer and charging network operator ChargePoint plans to go public via the trendy vehicle of a special purpose acquisition company.  ChargePoint will merge with Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: SBE) to form a company called ChargePoint Holdings, which will be listed on the NYSE. The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction,… Read more »

Virtual Peaker and Fermata Energy aim to bring V2G technology to utilities

Kentucky-based Virtual Peaker and Fermata Energy have announced a partnership to integrate Fermata’s vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology with Virtual Peaker’s residential demand response platform, which is currently in use by several US utilities. Virtual Peaker’s Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) application is a cloud-based energy management platform that can connect to any in-home smart device… Read more »

Minnesota offers grants to deploy up to 38 fast charging stations

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has announced that it will fund the installation of up to 38 additional fast charging stations in Greater Minnesota, extending the existing EV highway corridor network by more than 2,500 miles. Chargers are to be placed 30 to 70 miles apart along 7 proposed corridors. The new $2.6-million grant… Read more »

In-Charge Energy to provide charging infrastructure for Navistar’s EV customers

NEXT eMobility Solutions, a business unit of Navistar International (NYSE: NAV), has signed a master services agreement with Los Angeles-based In-Charge Energy to provide charging infrastructure and consulting services to Navistar and its EV customers. As fleet operators electrify, they are learning that purchasing EVs is just the beginning of the process—they slso need to… Read more »

Electrify America creates new business unit for its home charging products

Electrify America is on a 10-year, $2-billion mission to build a comprehensive public DC fast charging network across the US. Last year it expanded into home charging with the launch of its Level 2 Home Charger. Now EA has formed a new business unit called Electrify Home, which aims to leverage the company’s considerable charging… Read more »