The Infrastructure

Hitachi ABB Power Grids launches charging system for EV fleets

Hitachi ABB Power Grids, a newly formed joint venture between the two electronics giants, has launched a new “grid-to-plug” EV charging system for public transport and commercial fleet operators. The new solution, called Grid-eMotion Fleet, is designed to enable fleet operators to efficiently scale up their operations. The Grid-eMotion Fleet solution comes in standard containers… Read more »

Smart charging specialist Wallbox acquires charging app provider Electromaps

Wallbox, a Barcelona-based manufacturer of smart charging solutions, has announced the acquisition of Electromaps, a digital platform for locating and accessing charging points. The Electromaps app, which allows users to access and pay for charging directly from their mobile phones, features a database of over 120,000 recharging points in 120 countries, and has some 100,000… Read more »

Enel X’s JuiceEco enables EV charging with 100% renewable energy

Enel X provides a range of smart charging and e-mobility solutions. The company’s latest product is JuiceEco, which enables EV drivers to power their rides with 100% renewable energy. JuiceEco provides Green-e certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to match the consumption of any EV anywhere in the US with carbon-free electricity. “JuiceEco provides EV drivers… Read more »

Wisconsin regulators consider mandatory EV programs for large utilities

Wisconsin regulators are considering requiring utilities to develop pilot charging programs for residential customers. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the state’s Public Service Commission voted to request utility feedback on a draft order that would require Wisconsin’s five largest utilities to submit plans for approval next year. For the state’s 120 or so smaller… Read more »

Tritium’s new DC fast charger boasts 15-minute charging time

Australia-based EVSE manufacturer Tritium has always emphasized the compactness and elegant design of its DC fast chargers. Now it aspires to bring EV charging speed closer to that of visiting a gas station. Tritium says its new RT175-S smart charging system can charge some EVs to an 80 percent charge level in 15 minutes. The… Read more »

London V2G pilot includes 28 electric double-decker buses

V2G is one of the hottest topics in the EV world. Using EVs as a giant virtual battery is a promising prospect for electric utilities—it would offer them an efficient, cost-effective way to manage demand and facilitate the integration of more renewable energy sources into the grid (and create a powerful incentive for them to… Read more »

California PUC approves $437-million program to deploy up to 38,000 new charging stations

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has unanimously approved Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Charge Ready 2 program, a $437-million EV infrastructure program that will support the deployment of up to 38,000 new charging stations across Southern California over the next four years. SCE says Charge Ready 2, which builds on the $22-million Charge Ready program… Read more »

Lonestar Specialty Vehicles partners with In-Charge Energy to offer turnkey fleet charging solutions

Lonestar Specialty Vehicles has partnered with Los Angeles-based In-Charge Energy to offer customers turnkey energy and charging solutions for fleet conversion to EVs. Texas-based Lonestar is a supplier of fully electric remanufactured commercial vehicles. The company has deployed more than 3,000 Class 8 trucks and tractors. Its mission is to provide an alternative to internal… Read more »

Electric truck fleets will need a lot of power, and utilities need to start planning now

Electric buses and trucks are coming. In June, the California Air Resources Board instituted a zero-emission mandate for truck sales—manufacturers must make zero-emission trucks at least 30% of sales by 2030. Following that announcement, 15 states plus DC have said they want all new trucks to be electric by 2050. Granted, such measures are best… Read more »