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The Infrastructure

ABB increases majority stake in Chinese charging provider Chargedot

European electronics giant ABB has increased its majority stake in Chinese charging provider Chargedot from 67 percent to 80 percent. ABB is now one of two shareholders in Chargedot, alongside a subsidiary of China’s largest vehicle manufacturer, SAIC, which retains a 20 percent stake. Both companies have benefited from their partnership. Chargedot has implemented ABB’s… Read more »

Continental and Volterio develop automated charging system

Continental Engineering Services (CES) has partnered with startup Volterio to develop an automated conductive charging system. Volterio plans to develop near-production systems for the jointly designed “charging robot” by mid-2022. CES will then take the product through the certification process and take over production. Volume production of the system is planned for 2024 and will… Read more »

Proterra to deploy solar and battery storage microgrid for electric bus fleet

Proterra and Scale Microgrid Solutions are collaborating to install a microgrid and EV fleet charging system for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). The project, which just secured a grant from the California Energy Commission, includes solar panels and a battery energy storage system. In the event of an extended power outage, electricity stored… Read more »

CTEK integrates Fuuse Billing software with its chargers

Charging specialist CTEK has integrated its EV chargers with billing software from Fuuse Billing, a brand of the England-based company Miralis Data. Customers with CTEK Chargestorm Connected 2 chargers can now link their chargers to Fuuse Billing software to generate revenue. The payment card industry-compliant software supports payment collections from drivers, automated invoicing and secure… Read more »

EV Connect introduces Fleet Charging Management Platform

EV Connect has announced the general availability of its Fleet Charging Management Platform. The new fleet management solution is designed to provide complete control over fleets and their energy consumption for fleet service providers as well as in-house-managed vehicle fleets. As a lead customer, the City of Porterville, California is now using the EV Connect… Read more »

BP says fast charging could soon be more profitable than selling gas

The European oil companies BP, Shell and Total have been buying up assets in the EV charging value chain, and some suspect there’s a sinister strategy—could the oil barons monopolize public charging in key markets, jack up the prices, and kill the electric car once and for all? Maybe. But what if the companies find… Read more »

In-Charge Energy’s new task force will angle for federal fleet electrification funding

Fleet electrification specialist In-Charge Energy has launched a new business unit specifically designed to secure grants and incentives that may be available under the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (aka the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal). In-Charge says its Invest in America E-Fleet Task Force will help position the company to secure millions in funding… Read more »

German startup HeyCharge facilitates EVSE installation in parking garages

BMW i Ventures, the BMW Group’s venture capital firm, has invested in German startup HeyCharge, which is on a mission to install EV charging stations in locations such as apartment complexes and office buildings. “HeyCharge enables EV charging without an internet connection, which is a key enabler to cover untapped white spots,” said Kasper Sage,… Read more »

Parkopedia’s Park and Charge system streamlines the public charging experience

Parking services provider Parkopedia has introduced a new system designed to help EV owners easily find, manage and pay for charging sessions from within their vehicles. “Parking and charging are interconnected experiences,” Parkopedia points out. “A car must be parked to charge. Only a solution that successfully combines both services can create the complete user… Read more »

Tesla Supercharger stations in Texas to feature CCS connectors

Tesla has taken another step towards opening up its Supercharger network to other automakers’ EVs. Last October, Tesla launched a “Non-Tesla Supercharger pilot” at 10 locations in the Netherlands. Now the company has applied for grants from the state of Texas to install Supercharger stations with CCS connectors, which would be a first in the… Read more »