The Infrastructure

Whimsical signs point drivers to Swedish charging stations

Public charging stations are proliferating around the world, but many drivers are unaware of them. Curious consumers often cite a lack of charging infrastructure as one of the top objections to buying an EV. A Swedish charging network operator believes a lack of signage could be part of the problem – there are more than… Read more »

NewMotion and Chargepoint networks sign UK roaming partnership

NewMotion, Shell’s charging network subsidiary, and ChargePoint have announced a roaming partnership that will enable EV drivers in the UK to access both charging networks without the need to create a new account. ChargePoint users will gain access to NewMotion’s public charging network both in the UK and across Europe. The agreement also includes the… Read more »

Top-secret government facility orders third EV ARC solar charger

San Diego-based Envision Solar, which manufactures solar-powered EV chargers, has received a third order for its EV ARC product from a US government facility. The facility will use the EV ARC to charge fleet vehicles and provide an emergency source of electricity. This is the third order Envision has received from this facility, but it… Read more »

Ten charging operators form UK/Nordic roaming partnership

Ten charge point operators have agreed to form a roaming partnership that will allow EV drivers in the United Kingdom and Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) access to public charging stations with a single subscription by the end of 2019. The operators include Allego, EVBox, and NewMotion, which initiated the agreement, as well… Read more »

DTE Energy installs four Chargepoint fast chargers in downtown Detroit

ChargeD, a collaboration led by local utility DTE Energy with support from the City of Detroit, GM and Blue Energy, has installed four Chargepoint Express 250 fast charging stations at Capitol Park in downtown Detroit, as part of Project Kinetic, a new mobility program. It also plans to install two more public chargers downtown. As… Read more »

Kia and Hyundai invest in IONITY, plan to bump up EV systems to 800 volts

Kia and Hyundai have announced investments in IONITY, the European charging network established by BMW, Ford, Daimler, and VW. Hyundai Motor Group, which includes both Kia and Hyundai, will obtain equal shares in IONITY as those of founding partners. Starting in 2021, Kia and Hyundai will equip EVs with 800-volt charging systems to accommodate IONITY’s… Read more »

IONITY unveils new 350 kW Tritium fast charger

IONITY, a joint venture among Daimler, Ford, BMW, and VW that is building a fast charging network throughout Europe, has unveiled its next generation charger – the Halo – which it designed in collaboration with fast charger manufacturer Tritium. These next-gen chargers are capable of 350 kW DC charging, and can add 350 km (220… Read more »

UK to invest £400 million in expanding EV charging infrastructure

The government of the UK plans to invest over £500 million (about $626.4 million) in green technologies, including £400 million to develop rapid charging points across the country. The initial investment of £70 million will be used to create 3,000 rapid charge points by 2024. The UK currently has around 2,000 rapid charge points. The… Read more »

California announces $95-million plan for charging infrastructure and ZEVs

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a $95-million plan to expedite the adoption of zero-emission vehicles. The plan focuses on closing an anticipated gap in EV charging infrastructure and increasing benefits to disadvantaged communities. The 2019-2020 Investment Plan Update for the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and… Read more »

ChargePoint launches next-gen home charger

ChargePoint has launched a charging station called the Home Flex, which includes the following features: Adjustable amperage from 16 to 50 amps J1772 connector Charge scheduling and reminders WiFi-enabled upgrades Alexa integration Connection to the ChargePoint app The Home Flex can be installed either indoors or outdoors and is available as a plug-in station with… Read more »