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The Infrastructure

V2G and V2B: What’s currently operational and what’s still years away

Buses, especially school buses, represent a perfect use case for bidirectional charging. When the buses sit idle, they can earn money by providing demand response (DR) services for the local utility. This is one of the services that fleet charging specialist AMPLY Power provides, and as CEO Vic Shao told Charged in a recent interview,… Read more »

Sprint Power develops components for wireless charging trial for fleet vehicles

Sprint Power, a British firm that specializes in electrified propulsion systems, power electronics and battery systems, is leading a UK government-backed project that aims to demonstrate the suitability of wireless charging technology for fleet vehicles. Funding for the wireless charging project has been provided by Innovate UK, a public body designed to drive research and… Read more »

Electric utility EDF launches V2G offering for Nissan fleet customers in the UK

Electric utility EDF, in partnership with Nissan, has launched a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in the UK. The V2G technology developed by DREEV, a joint venture between EDF and V2G technology specialist Nuvve, allows bidirectional energy flow in order to recharge an EV’s battery at times of low energy demand and… Read more »

Skycharger/JuiceBar partnership aims to drive customers to charging hosts’ businesses

Charging solution provider Skycharger has announced a new partnership with EVSE manufacturer JuiceBar. JuiceBar’s chargers offer site hosts options for brand customization. Skycharger’s EVent Marketing software program is designed to drive customer traffic to site hosts’ businesses. Together the companies plan to offer a complete, one-stop solution for site hosts, including financial services, hardware, software,… Read more »

ORNL’s open-source modeling tool helps planners select best sites for highway charging stations

When deploying public charging stations, selecting the best sites is critical. Hundreds of chargers around the country sit unused—we’ve all driven by them—and most of these were installed years ago, before planners understood the importance of proper siting. Now researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a nationwide modeling tool to help infrastructure planners… Read more »

“A sad state of affairs”: VW Group CEO Herbert Diess calls out shortcomings of IONITY charging network

Taking a road trip in an EV is no longer a novelty, but it’s still an instructive (and hopefully, fun) thing to do, and the EV road trip story remains an online literary staple. It’s especially interesting when an exec at an automaker takes a trip in one of their company’s new EV models—and even… Read more »

ChargePoint to acquire European EV technology provider has·to·be for €250 Million

ChargePoint (Nasdaq: CHPT) offers EV drivers access to hundreds of thousands of charging sites in North America and Europe, but the company is more than just a network operator—it’s involved in just about every link in the EVSE value chain. The next addition to ChargePoint’s empire will be the European e-mobility provider has·to·be, which ChargePoint… Read more »

ZEV provides UK-made charging cables to reduce carbon footprint of UK EVs

The British firm Zero Emission Vehicles Ltd (ZEV) supplies charging cables to automakers—in 2020 the company provided over 35,000 individual lead sets to OEMs, to be included with their production EVs and PHEVs. Now ZEV has released a new range of British-made EV charging cables. The new cables are designed to be flexible and easy… Read more »

ABB delivers chargers for Gridserve Electric Highway charging network

UK charging provider Gridserve is expanding and upgrading its network of public charging stations. The company says its Electric Highway will include coverage for 85 percent of the UK’s motorway network, plus towns and cities across the country. Gridserve will install ABB’s Ultrafast DC and Fast DC chargers at many of its sites. ABB’s Ultrafast… Read more »

Shell to install 800 chargers at Waitrose UK supermarkets

Oil companies (we’ll consider using the term “energy companies” when products other than petroleum make up at least half their revenues) are starting to invest in EV charging, and Shell is at the forefront of this trend. Now the company is expanding its partnership with the UK supermarket chain Waitrose. The companies are targeting the… Read more »