The Infrastructure

Tri Delta Transit uses AMPLY Power’s charging platform to save on energy costs

Transit agency Tri Delta Transit, which operates 15 bus routes serving some 250,000 residents in Contra Costa County, California, is using a managed charging software platform from AMPLY Power to optimize its energy usage, while ensuring that its vehicles are charged and ready to work each day. Tri Delta Transit began operating electric buses from… Read more »

Fortum sells majority share of Nordic EV charging operator to Infracapital

Finnish energy conglomerate Fortum has agreed to sell the majority of its public charging network operator Fortum Recharge to Infracapital, a subsidiary of investment manager M&G. Fortum Recharge owns approximately 1,300 public chargers, mostly DC fast chargers, and operates an additional 1,400 charging points in Norway, Finland and Sweden. After the transaction Fortum’s ownership in… Read more »

FreeWire Technologies raises $25 million in new financing

FreeWire Technologies, a provider of “power solutions for the grid edge,” has closed a $25-million Series B and venture debt financing round, which was led by existing investor BP Ventures, together with new investors ABB Technology Ventures and Energy Innovation Capital. The financing will support the commercialization of FreeWire’s fast charging technologies. The company’s solutions… Read more »

German bakery builds EV charging park with 114 chargers, solar power and battery storage

Who knew that bakers would be major drivers of the electromobility revolution? Mexican bakery giant Bimbo is building its own electric delivery vans, and now we learn that German organic baker Roland Schüren is building what’s billed as Europe’s largest electric car charging park. The bakery’s charging facility is located at the busy Kreuz Hilden… Read more »

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 »