The Infrastructure

Report highlights need for fast charging EVSE for ride-hailing services

Researchers at RMI, a non-profit energy consultancy, analyzed 101 million miles traveled by ride-hailing drivers, and found that many in Los Angeles lack charging stations in the low-income neighborhoods they serve. This pattern could skew the benefits of EVs to wealthier enclaves. In a new report, EV Charging for All, the authors suggest that electrifying… Read more »

First Bus to build charging hub with 160 e-bus charge points in Glasgow

Transit operator First Bus plans to install 160 charging points at its Caledonia bus depot in Glasgow. There will be space to charge up to 320 electric buses on site. First Bus, which currently operates 337 buses out of the depot, eventually plans to replace half its fleet with electric buses. The first phase of… Read more »

i-charging completes CE certification for blueberry charger

Hardware and software solution provider i-charging has announced that its blueberry line of fast chargers has completed CE certification. This certification, which affirms a product’s conformity with European health, safety and environmental protection standards, is mandatory in many countries, so the third-party tests that i-charging has now completed were essential for it to begin installations…. Read more »

bp invests $7 million in EV charging firm IoTecha

bp ventures has invested $7 million in smart charging specialist IoTecha, leading a $13.2-million investment round. This investment is aligned with bp’s stated aim to provide over 70,000 public EV charging points worldwide by 2030. IoTecha will use the new investment to scale its operations through bp’s electrification network. Shaun Healey, bp ventures Principal, will… Read more »

In-Charge Energy announces new fleet-specific EV charging hardware

In-Charge Energy, a provider of turnkey commercial fleet EV infrastructure solutions, has announced its latest hardware offerings for fleet EV charging. “A well-designed charging infrastructure can optimize an entire fleet, reducing the total cost of ownership for fleet managers while increasing reliability,” said Paul Glenney, Executive Director of Customer Success. “User-friendly charging options are critical… Read more »

New update for Tesla Powerwall—another step towards building a virtual solar utility

Tesla’s ambition is to build a “decentralized global electric utility.” The potential is enormous—CEO Elon Musk has said that Tesla Energy, the company’s energy generation and storage division, could someday outgrow its automotive business. The idea is that Solar Roofs generate renewable electricity, and Powerwalls provide storage and interface with the electric grid. The Powerwall… Read more »

Greenlots, ChargePoint, EV Connect and FLO expand roaming cooperation

Patrons of public charging have long complained of the inconvenience of using different charging networks. Who needs a pocketful of RFID cards and a clutter of smartphone apps and passwords? Charging providers have heard the complaints, and have been working to establish an inclusive roaming system analogous to those used by banks, credit card issuers… Read more »

Bipartisan infrastructure deal includes $15 billion in EV charging and electric bus funding

After weeks of back-and-forth on the infrastructure bill, President Joe Biden announced, “We have a deal,” standing with a group of Republicans and Democrats after a meeting in the Oval Office. “I think it’s really important we’ve all agreed that none of us got all that we wanted.” EV advocates certainly aren’t going to get… Read more »

Ford acquires fleet charging specialist Electriphi

Charging management for commercial fleets is one of the hottest topics in the EV world today. So, as Ford stakes out a position in the commercial EV market with its new Ford Pro business unit, it’s only logical that it is seeking to deepen its infrastructure expertise by acquiring Electriphi, a provider of charging management… Read more »

Chinese EVSE provider XCharge closes Series B funding round

XCharge, a provider of charging solutions in the Asia-Pacific and European markets, has closed a Series B funding round with participation from Shell Ventures (the venture capital arm of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell) and other investors. XCharge offers a wide range of AC and DC charging products, as well as technologies such as V2G,… Read more »