The Infrastructure

California utility PG&E proposes new commercial EV charging rates

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to create new commercial plug-in vehicle charging rates. Right now, fleet operators often pay higher rates to charge their EVs than regular business customers do. PG&E is proposing a subscription-based model that will let customers choose the quantity… Read more »

Envision Solar earns European patent for EV ARC portable solar charging station

San Diego-based Envision Solar has announced that the European Patent Office has approved a patent for the company’s EV ARC product line. Envision recently announced the issuance of a Chinese patent for its EV ARC product and a US patent for its Transformer ARC product. The company’s EV-Standard and UAV ARC are in advanced stages… Read more »

Tesla Model 3 to get CCS Combo 2 plug in Europe

Can this be true? Is Tesla, which prides itself on doing things its own way, going to adopt the same DC fast charging plug used by ordinary EVs? Yep. The company has confirmed (via Electrek) that Model 3 vehicles sold in the European market will come with a CCS Combo 2 charge port. An adapter for Models… Read more »

Mitsubishi Electric’s new energy-management system uses EVs to manage power generation

Mitsubishi Electric has developed an energy-management system capable of scheduling EV charging, discharging back into the grid, and optimizing the operation of PV and other power-generation systems according to the fluctuating unit price of electricity sold on the grid. A demonstration of the technology is underway at the company’s automotive factory in Changshu, China. The cost… Read more »

Energy Web Foundation releases blockchain-based toolkit to enable EV charging with clean energy

The Energy Web Foundation (EWF) has introduced a new software toolkit for EV charging that enables the verification and tracking of green attributes associated with electricity generation and consumption. The EV charging toolkit is an extension of EWF’s existing EW Origin blockchain-based toolkits. It’s focused on automatically charging EVs with clean energy and determining the… Read more »

Hubject and Blink partner to offer EV roaming in US

Berlin-based Hubject provides a charging interoperability platform called Intercharge that boasts over 300 B2B partners in 26 countries. Intercharge connects charging station operators and e-mobility service providers in a way that’s transparent to users, allowing EV drivers to patronize any charging operator or network using one account, one app and one bill. Now Hubject has… Read more »

Duke Energy pilot supports charging infrastructure in South Carolina

Duke Energy has proposed a three-year, $10.4-million pilot initiative to support the installation of charging stations in South Carolina. The pilot is comprised of four programs with the overarching goal of understanding the impact increased EV adoption will have on the electrical grid: Residential EV Charging Program – Provides rebates for up to 400 residential… Read more »

Virginia Tech investigates EV charging cybersecurity with $3-million DOE grant

EVs are proliferating, and their growing popularity has revealed security vulnerabilities that could slow the industry’s further growth. To combat these roadblocks, the DOE has granted Virginia Tech $3 million to improve charging network quality and security. Virginia Tech will work with researchers and manufacturers to both improve charging network security and streamline the charging… Read more »