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The EV industry sees problems with California’s proposal to mandate credit card readers for public chargers

In California, there is a controversial plan to require credit card readers on all public charging stations, including retrofitting already installed units. California’s Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open Access Act (Senate Bill 454, which passed in 2013) mandates open access to public charging stations – that is, a driver doesn’t have to be a member… Read more »

Startup Chargeway launches kiosks to showcase EV charging options

Chargeway, a software startup that has developed a simple visual language for charging and selling EVs, has launched a digital kiosk to be placed in auto dealerships and EV showcases. The kiosks, called Chargeway Beacons, are designed to educate potential EV buyers on the various available public charging options. The kiosks will be showcased at… Read more »

Spy photo shows plug-in Ford F-150 pickup truck

What are the two most important stories in today’s automotive world? Electrification and pickup trucks. The former represents a developing trend that’s going to disrupt and completely rearrange the industry. The second isn’t a news story, but it is the most popular product the industry has ever produced (at least in the US), a vehicle… Read more »

ChargeX, maker of Aqueduct modular charging solution, closes first financing round

Germany-based startup ChargeX has closed its first round of financing, generating funding in the mid-six-figure range. The company will use the new capital to complete the development of its Aqueduct charging system, which is designed to enable the smart charging of multiple EVs at commercial properties and multi-family homes. The Aqueduct charging solution is aimed… Read more »

Top circuit protection considerations for DC fast chargers, a new class of high-voltage consumer electronics

DC fast charging isn’t just a godsend for EV drivers looking for a quick charge. It’s also an entirely new level of consumer electronics. “You and I, as members of the general public, have previously never had access to anything higher in voltage than what we see at home in our wall socket,” Tim Patel, Global… Read more »

PlugStar aims to break the EV dealership deadlock

As anyone who follows the EV scene has surely noticed, auto dealerships are widely considered to be a major bottleneck on the road to EV adoption. Sales staff tend to be poorly informed about plug-in vehicles, and many dealerships make little effort to present them to buyers as an option. In the worst cases, salespeople… Read more »

ChargePoint CEO talks about Tesla Superchargers, wireless and the future of public charging

Pasquale Romano, the CEO of ChargePoint, one of the world’s largest charging networks, sat down with EV writer Jim Motavalli at the recent Web Summit conference for a wide-ranging interview. Romano discusses the accelerating growth of the EV market – in California, plug-ins now make up 5% of new-car sales, and in Silicon Valley it’s… Read more »

California utility PG&E proposes new commercial EV charging rates

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to create new commercial plug-in vehicle charging rates. Right now, fleet operators often pay higher rates to charge their EVs than regular business customers do. PG&E is proposing a subscription-based model that will let customers choose the quantity… Read more »

Tesla Model 3 to get CCS Combo 2 plug in Europe

Can this be true? Is Tesla, which prides itself on doing things its own way, going to adopt the same DC fast charging plug used by ordinary EVs? Yep. The company has confirmed (via Electrek) that Model 3 vehicles sold in the European market will come with a CCS Combo 2 charge port. An adapter for Models… Read more »

Porsche dealers will have to share the cost of fast chargers

Back in March, a Porsche exec said that the brand expected to make a profit from its planned network of fast chargers, a comment that was met with much skepticism in the EV industry. Now the company is sending a rather different message, saying that its US dealers will be expected to pony up between… Read more »