Available for the first time as part of its expanding product ecosystem, GM Energy’s initial offerings for residential customers will enable the use of vehicle-to-home (V2H) bidirectional charging technology to provide power from a compatible GM EV to a properly equipped home, helping to mitigate the negative impacts of weather-related... Read more →

US makes $54M available to expand access to e-mobility solutions

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office), through the Department of Energy (DOE), has made available $54 million in new federal funding for projects that will expand community e-mobility access and provide clean reliable energy (DE-FOA-0003214). The funding will drive innovation in equitable clean transportation and is aligned... Read more →

EV Connect, Flash and Qmerit partner to set new standard for reservable parking, charging experience

EV Connect, Flash, and Qmerit announced a partnership that will accelerate the expansion of EV charging solutions by uniting an integrated charging management platform by EV Connect, the scale of Flash’s North American digital infrastructure, and the installation, integration, and maintenance services offered by Qmerit. The companies are combining these... Read more →

Voltpost, a company developing lamppost electric vehicle (EV) charging systems, announced the commercial availability of a curbside EV charging solution. The company is developing and deploying EV charging projects in major US metro areas, including New York, Chicago, Detroit and others, this spring. Voltpost retrofits lampposts into a modular and... Read more →

The rapidly accelerating uptake of electric vehicles poses a challenge for aging utility grids. These electrical distribution and transmission networks were never designed to carry the estimated 22,000TWh (22 billion kWh) that the transportation sector currently gets from fossil fuels. The problem is even more acute for locations where there... Read more →

DOE finalizes energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers

The US Department of Energy (DOE) finalized Congressionally-mandated energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers—including liquid-immersed, low-voltage dry-type, and medium-voltage dry-type equipment—to increase the resiliency and efficiency of America’s power grid. Following the release of the proposed rule last year, DOE adjusted the final standards based on extensive stakeholder engagement to... Read more →

ORNL researchers enhancing reliability of electric vehicle charging

ORNL researchers are developing algorithms and multilayered communication and control systems that make electric vehicle chargers operate more reliably, even if there is a voltage drop or disturbance in the electric grid. The main focus is to make chargers available for EVs even if there is an electrical disturbance or... Read more →

Nuvera to unveil fuel cell genset and mobile EV rapid charger at ACT Expo

Nuvera Fuel Cells has developed a hydrogen-powered genset and rapid charger in collaboration with power management services provider Power Innovations International. The zero-emission 30 kVA mobile power generator will be used for on-site power and EV charging. The mobile unit will be revealed to the North American market in Nuvera’s... Read more →

Ekoenergetyka expanded its presence on the Nordic market for electric vehicle charging infrastructure with the launch of a charging system tailored for charge point operators (CPOs) in a region with some of the world’s highest EV adoption rates. Ekoenergetyka’s AXON Side 360 DLBS intelligent power unit is combined with up... Read more →

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) will build, integrate and test a small demonstration spacecraft as part of a $25.5-million Space Mobility and Logistics (SML) prototyping project funded by the US Space Force and led by prime contractor Astroscale US. The spacecraft, called the Astroscale Prototype Servicer for Refueling (APS-R), will refuel... Read more →

The percentage of automobile shoppers who say they are “very likely” to consider an electric vehicle (EV) for their next purchase or lease declined to 24.4% through the end of February 2024, the fourth consecutive monthly decline in EV consideration, according to the J.D. Power 2024 US Electric Vehicle Experience... Read more →

Greenlane announced its first commercial EV charging corridor with more than 100 chargers, modern amenities designed to increase the comfort of drivers, resilience for high uptime and ultimately moving freight more efficiently. Greenlane is a joint venture between Daimler Truck North America LLC, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, and BlackRock (through... Read more →

Polestar Charge offers access to more than 650,000 charging points in Europe; first to integrate Tesla Supercharger network

Polestar and Plugsurfing are launching a new public charging service in Europe called Polestar Charge. With more than 650,000 compatible electric car charging points, Polestar Charge gives Polestar drivers access to the largest charging networks in Europe, including the Tesla Supercharger network, IONITY, Recharge, Total, Fastned and Allego in one... Read more →

Autocar, LLC, a manufacturer of severe-duty vocational trucks, is collaborating with Rocsys, a developer of hands-free charging solutions for electric vehicles, to bring hands-free charging capabilities for Autocar’s electric terminal tractors. This alliance marks a first with the operational deployment of terminal tractors powered by hands-free charging at distribution centers,... Read more →

i-charging, a provider of innovative electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, announced that the blueberry CLUSTER and the blueberry PLUS which already offered power of up to 600 kW can now both be delivered with an increased power capacity of 900 kW. Both versions of the blueberry family can now be... Read more →

FreeWire Technologies, a provider of battery-integrated electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and energy management solutions, introduced its Accelerate Program, which allows businesses to offer and collect payments from ultrafast EV charging amenities at their site, while FreeWire owns and operates the equipment. Chevron is among the first to participate in... Read more →

ANGI Energy Systems begins construction of Hydrogen Refueling Test Facility

ANGI Energy Systems, a Vontier business, broke ground on its new, $4-million Hydrogen Refueling Test Facility, the first of its kind in the Midwest. ANGI, which has more than 40 years of experience in the design, manufacturing, and maintenance of refueling equipment for compressed natural gas (CNG) and renewable natural... Read more →

ABB E-mobility and MAN Truck & Bus have demonstrated a prototype of the Megawatt Charging System (MCS); a MAN eTruck was charged with more than 700 kW and 1,000 A at an MCS charging station from ABB E-mobility. (Earlier post.) Especially in national and international long-distance transport or in loading... Read more →

BMW Neue Klasse models launching in 2025 to feature bidirectional charging

BMW Neue Klasse models scheduled for launch in 2025 will be equipped with technology for bidirectional charging. Functions such as “Vehicle to Home”, “Vehicle to Grid” and “Vehicle to Load” will be available to BMW customers for the first time. This move also underlines the ongoing expansion of the BMW... Read more →

California Energy Commission awards $2.2M to Wallbox and Bidirectional Energy for V2X demo

Wallbox and Bidirectional Energy, a bidirectional EV energy management startup, announced that Phase 1 of their Bidirectional Residential V2X Demonstration Project had been awarded $2.2 million in funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) REDWDS grant. The project will install and operate Wallbox’s bidirectional charger, Quasar 2 (earlier post), in... Read more →

EVgo, one of the US’ largest public fast charging networks, opened its first fast charging station deployed using the company’s new prefabrication approach. Located at the Bay Colony Town Center in League City, TX, this EVgo station is the first of several slated to open this year leveraging prefabrication, which... Read more →

Pham Nhat Vuong, Chairman of Vingroup Corporation and founder of VinFast, announced the establishment of V-Green Global Charging Station Development Company (V-Green). V-Green’s mission is twofold: investing in the development of a comprehensive charging infrastructure system that prioritizes supporting VinFast vehicles, and propelling Vietnam towards becoming one of the world’s... Read more →

bp pulse, bp’s electric vehicle charging brand, has acquired the freehold of one of the largest truck stops in Europe, Ashford International Truckstop in Kent, as part of its strategic drive to create a Europe-wide network of electric truck (EV) charging infrastructure. Strategically located off Junction 10 and 10a of... Read more →

EPA issues final rule on air toxics from gasoline distribution facilities

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final amendments to the Gasoline Distribution National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), including both major and area source categories. In addition, EPA issued final updates to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Bulk Gasoline Terminals. Gasoline distribution facilities include storage... Read more →

BMW of North America adds Shell Recharge Solutions as eMobility provider

BMW of North America has added Shell Recharge Solutions as a second eMobility provider, giving customers easy access to Shell Recharge, ChargePoint, EVgo, EVConnect, and Blink charging stations via the My BMW App. BMW drivers can now find, access, and charge at all affiliated locations via their My BMW app,... Read more →

AXIS IOS, a real estate investment platform positioned to acquire, develop, and manage Industrial Outdoor Storage (IOS) throughout the United States, has opened its first EV charging facility in Vernon, California. The site (4441 East 52nd St Vernon, CA) is located half a mile from 4 Interstate freeways (5, 10,... Read more →

California surpasses 100,000 public and shared private EV chargers installed statewide

California has surpassed 100,000 public and shared private electric vehicle chargers installed statewide. This milestone follows approval of a $1.9-billion investment plan that accelerates progress on the state’s electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling goals. The plan details how the money will be spent with at least 50% dedicated to... Read more →

Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation aim to establish a new company—EVNION—in June 2024, to operate an online platform to provide one-stop services relating to electric vehicles (EV). Establishment of EVNION will be subject to receipt of regulatory clearances from the relevant authorities.... Read more →

A team of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated that a light-duty passenger electric vehicle can be wirelessly charged at 100kW with 96% efficiency using polyphase electromagnetic coupling coils with rotating magnetic fields. (Earlier post.) ORNL’s patented system transferred power to a Hyundai Kona EV across a five-inch airgap... Read more →

The US has released the National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy. Developed by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation and US Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Strategy will guide the deployment of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty... Read more →

FHWA announces RFI on updating federal standards for EV charging; specifically looking at NACS

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit feedback from stakeholders on updating FHWA’s minimum standards and requirements for electric vehicle EV charging stations to allow for new technology and continued innovation. The RFI focuses on the types of connectors used at federally-funded EV chargers. Current federal... Read more →

Qmerit introduces EV charging warranty support & maintenance services

Recent studies, including a study by J.D. Powers, show that a lack of confidence in public charging is holding back consumer adoption of EVs. Now Qmerit, North America’s leading installer of home and business EV chargers, is introducing a suite of EV charging warranty support and maintenance services. Qmerit’s services... Read more →

The new Mercedes-Benz Wallbox is now widely available across the United States, providing customers with another connected and intelligent charging option at home. The wallbox delivers up to 11.5 kW on a 240V split-phase circuit. This makes charging with the Wallbox about 8x faster than using a conventional household outlet.... Read more →

Daimler Truck North America, LLC (DTNA) announced a comprehensive Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV) Dealer Certification Program that builds on the foundations of the Elite Support program—a certified network of Freightliner dealers committed to delivering superior customer experience throughout all areas of dealership operations. With the heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia and medium-duty Freightliner... Read more →

Electrify America and NFI , a leading North American third-party logistics provider, announced the grand opening of NFI’s state-of-the-art DC fast charging facility in Ontario, CA. Supporting NFI’s fleet of 50 heavy-duty electric trucks, the project advances the electrification of drayage operations between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long... Read more →

With the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on U.S. roads expected to climb to 35 million by 2030, Rhythmos.io and Qmerit are paving the way for electric mobility through a new partnership aimed at overcoming charging-related challenges such as grid capacity constraints and charger availability and maintenance. The Rhythmos.io Cadency... Read more →

WeaveGrid integrating with Toyota and Lexus BEVs and PHEVs

WeaveGrid, a software company with a managed charging platform, announced a collaboration for direct integration with Toyota Motor North America (Toyota) for both Toyota and Lexus battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). WeaveGrid’s direct integration with Toyota, now active in select utility territories across the US... Read more →

With GPS data from as little as 6% of vehicles on the road, University of Michigan researchers can recalibrate traffic signals to reduce congestion and delays significantly at intersections. In an 18-month pilot study conducted in Birmingham, Michigan, the team used connected vehicle data insights provided by General Motors to... Read more →

Lilium partners with Star Charge to develop charging system for eVTOL operations

Lilium N.V, developer of an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, has partnered with Star Charge, a provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and microgrid solutions, to develop, customize, and provide charging systems for its Lilium Jets. At the Singapore Airshow, the companies announced that Lilium placed a first... Read more →

Nigeria issues call for deepwater gas, infrastructure investment

Sitting on an estimated 203 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, Nigeria is on a mission to monetize its gas resources and become a leading LNG exporter to global markets. Its most notable project—the $5-billion Nigeria LNG Train 7 expansion—is set to boost processing capacity by 35% from 22 million... Read more →

California Energy Commission approves latest EV charging infrastructure assessment

The California Energy Commission approved the second Assembly Bill 2127 Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Assessment. Pursuant to AB 2127, the California Energy Commission is required to publish a biennial report on the charging infrastructure needed for California to meet its zero-emission vehicle targets by 2030. The assessment projects how much... Read more →

California bill seeks to make it easier to deploy curbside charging

California Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) introduced Assembly Bill 2427, the Equitable EV Charging Act to increase access to electric vehicle (EV) charging for residents of multi-family housing by making it easier to deploy curbside charging. Home charging is considered to be the most convenient, cost-effective solution to advance EV adoption.... Read more →

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $1.9 billion investment plan that accelerates progress on the state’s electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen refueling goals. These investments will help deploy infrastructure for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) across California, creating the most extensive charging and hydrogen refueling network... Read more →

Stellantis to adopt proposed SAE Standard J3400 connector (NACS) starting in 2025

Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) from Stellantis brands in North America will adopt the proposed SAE J3400 connector—SAE’s implementation of Tesla’s NACS (earlier post)—starting with select models in 2025. During the transition period, Stellantis will also make adapters available for vehicles fitted with the Combined Charging System (CCS) port, enabling drivers to... Read more →

High-powered EV charging network, IONNA, begins operations in North America

Announced in July 2023, IONNA, the joint venture to build a high-powered EV charging network across North America, has received approval from regulatory authorities, and is now officially commencing operations. IONNA is a joint venture of seven leading automakers: BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis. With Seth... Read more →

Electrify America has opened its first indoor flagship station available to the public at 928 Harrison St. in San Francisco. Located two blocks from the Bay Bridge, the indoor charging station provides easy access for EV drivers visiting the South Market (SoMa) neighborhood. It features 20 fast chargers providing up... Read more →

In the presence of Rhineland-Palatinate’s Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Petra Dick-Walther, and international media, Andreas Gorbach, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck, and Juergen Nowicki, CEO of Linde Engineering, inaugurated the first public subcooled liquid hydrogen (sLH2) (earlier post) pilot station in Wörth am Rhein,... Read more →

Nikola Corporation, via the HYLA brand, has opened its first HYLA hydrogen refueling station in Southern California. Featuring an advanced modular fueler, the station at 2445 East Guasti Road in Ontario, California, represents the latest phase in Nikola’s commitment to providing hydrogen refueling solutions for Class 8 trucks. The Ontario... Read more →

Nissan Motor will launch Nissan Energy Share in Japan on 1 March to unlock further value from electric vehicles. The new service features Nissan-unique energy management technology that controls the charging and discharging of EV batteries. Nissan has been researching the most efficient ways of managing energy through studies and... Read more →

U. Nebraska crash test results suggest US highway guardrails aren’t prepared for EVs

In research sponsored by the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln recently conducted a first-of-its-kind crash test of an EV pickup truck to understand better whether currently used guardrails and US military protection measures against hostile vehicles are... Read more →