Posts Tagged: ECOtality

DC fast charging billing models and encouraging efficient usage

By Tom Saxton, Chief Science Officer, Plug In America With over 160,000 170,000 plug-in vehicles on the road in the US, an increasing number of drivers are depending on public charging to extend the useful range of their vehicles, both for extended trips in large metro areas and for even longer road trips. At the same time, there is… Read more »

DOE Inspector General criticizes agency’s oversight of Ecotality awards

The sad story of Ecotality’s demise entered another chapter, as the DOE’s internal investigator said that problems at the company should have been spotted sooner. The DOE’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a report concluding that the DOE “had not fully disclosed known concerns regarding Ecotality’s ability to meet its EV project obligations”… Read more »

Utility demand charges and electric vehicle supply equipment

Jeffrey Wishart, Senior Principal Engineer at ECOtality since 2009, conducts research and development on products and services in the areas of energy, the environment, and advanced transportation. In addition to his supervisory position at ECOtality, Dr Wishart worked for several years at a utility company in Queensland, Australia, conducting research into emerging energy technologies.  … Read more »

Chargepoint offers trade-in credit to Blink charger operators

As some analysts are predicting spectacular growth in the public charging market, something of a Wild West atmosphere is developing. Last month, Ecotality, one of the country’s largest network operators, filed for bankruptcy. Last week, Florida-based Car Charging Group announced that it would purchase Ecotality’s Blink charging network. Now Chargepoint, another giant network, is looking… Read more »

CarCharging to purchase ECOtality’s Blink assets

Blink Acquisition, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI) has submitted the winning bid to purchase the Blink charging network from ECOtality, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September. The deal makes Miami Beach-based CarCharging one of the world’s largest public charging networks. “Since our inception, CarCharging’s intent has been to… Read more »

Connecting Europe’s charging networks

Many have posed the question of why the EV market in Europe has lagged behind the market in the US, considering the Continent’s higher fuel prices and strong green tradition. While there are several plausible answers, on closer examination the question itself makes little sense, because in fact there is no European EV market, but… Read more »

ECOtality suspends trading, speaks of possible bankruptcy

ECOtality, the operator of the Blink charging network (Nasdaq: ECTY), has suspended trading and filed an 8-K report that details serious trouble for the company. Here’s the bad news: Although the Company is currently exploring options for a restructuring or sale of the entire business and/or assets, [it] may need to file a petition commencing… Read more »

OCPP: There’s definitely confusion, but is there controversy?

Reporting on the charging industry is a tough gig. It’s incredibly nuanced. Every question we ask the experts leads to three more questions. It turns out that when you take hardware, software, networks, protocols and panels, then mix in some public funding, you get endless opinions.  We’ll attempt to clarify two issues in the thick… Read more »

What we know about Collaboratev

Reporting on the charging industry is a tough gig. It’s incredibly nuanced. Every question we ask the experts leads to three more questions. It turns out that when you take hardware, software, networks, protocols and panels, then mix in some public funding, you get endless opinions.  We’ll attempt to clarify two issues in the thick… Read more »