The Infrastructure

Wallbox’s bidirectional DC home charger turns heads at CES

Bidirectional charging encompasses several applications that can be collectively referred to as V2x (vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-home, maybe someday vehicle-to-brain). It’s expected to play an important role in tomorrow’s electrified, connected transportation ecosystem, but to date it exists only in pilots, most of them involving commercial fleets. So the new Quasar bidirectional EV charger from Barcelona-based Wallbox,… Read more »

Siemens Mobility leads build-out of local charging network in West of England

Following the launch of local public charging network Revive, Siemens Mobility is working with Alfen and ENGIE EV Solutions (formerly ChargePoint Services) to deliver new charging hubs and more than 120 new EV connections across the West of England. Revive is a public charging network that will feature four dedicated charging hubs around Bristol, Bath,… Read more »

New Jersey set to enact a raft of pro-EV measures

Pending legislation in New Jersey will make it one of the country’s most EV-friendly states, establishing new purchase incentives and investing substantial amounts in charging infrastructure. Assembly Bill 4819 and companion Senate Bill 2252 have been passed by their respective committees, and are expected to be signed into law this week. The legislation creates a… Read more »

PowerCharge launches new commercial charging station

PowerCharge, a division of Moser Services Group, has launched a new line of commercial charging stations designed for heavy-duty EVs. Called the Pro-Lightning Series, the chargers come in various configurations, including wall- or pedestal-mounted; open- or closed-access; and networked or non-networked. The stations also offer multiple power levels and back-end software options. Standard features include… Read more »

Connected Kerb to pilot wireless charging pads in England and Scotland

Charging station manufacturer Connected Kerb, in partnership with Munich-based Magment, will begin trials of a new wireless charging system in Greater London, the English Midlands and Scotland this year. The company will install its induction pads on residential streets, at car parks and at taxi ranks. On-street charging is a hot topic in London, where… Read more »

Michigan offers up to $70,000 in grants to install EV fast chargers

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is offering grants of up to $70,000 for the installation of DC fast chargers. Successful applicants must be registered in a local utility-sponsored charging program, and can use their grant money for charger site preparation, equipment installation, networking fees, and signage. Part of the more… Read more »

Electrify America chargers coming to Bank of America financial centers

Electrify America will install 40 charging stations with a total of 140 chargers, at Bank of America financial centers in California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, Virginia, and Massachusetts. The chargers will offer power levels ranging from 150 kW to 350 kW. The new stations are expected to be operational by the end of 2020…. Read more »

Tesla activates Trans-Canadian Supercharger route

This may not be as momentous an occasion as the 1869 opening of the Transcontinental Railroad – but almost. Tesla’s Trans-Canada Supercharger route, which has been under construction for over a year, is now operational, allowing Tesla drivers to take the northern route from coast to coast. Most of the locations are equipped with Tesla’s… Read more »

California to ban time-based billing for EV charging

California’s Office of Administrative Law has approved amendments to its Electric Vehicle Fueling Systems Specifications that will eventually ban public charging operators from billing by the minute in the state. The ban will apply to new Level 2 chargers beginning in 2021, and to new DC fast chargers beginning in 2023. Chargers installed before 2021… Read more »