bp pulse, bp’s electric vehicle (EV) charging business, has announced the first charging corridor for medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks (E-Trucks) in Europe. Six public charging locations with ultra-fast 300kW charge points aimed at E-Trucks have been launched along a 600km stretch of the Rhine-Alpine corridor across Germany. The corridor... Read more →

Nikola launches 700 bar mobile hydrogen fueler for fuel cell electric vehicles

Nikola Corporation has developed a heavy-duty, 700 bar (10,000 psi) hydrogen mobile fueler capable of direct fueling hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Nikola’s mobile fueler program includes its own mobile fuelers as well as a number of third-party mobile fuelers, which will provide Nikola’s customers with a variety of... Read more →

Forum Mobility and CBRE Investment Management announce $400M JV and $15M Series for electrification of port drayage fleets

Forum Mobility, a zero-emission trucking solutions provider, announced the closure of a $15-million Series A funding round, and a new $400-million joint venture, both led by a fund sponsored by CBRE Investment Management, to provide comprehensive, zero-emission charging and vehicle solutions to drayage truck fleets and drivers. Homecoming Capital also... Read more →

UK publishes EV smart charging plan

The UK Government has published an Electric Vehicle Smart Charging Action Plan. The plan sets out steps being taken to seize on the significant potential of smart charging and make it the preferred method of long duration charging by 2025. Smart charging harnesses the potential of energy use data and... Read more →

The number of hydrogen stations deployed globally has surpassed the 1,000-mark, according to a study by Information Trends. China represents roughly one-third of global deployments, but the US lags far behind with less than 100 hydrogen stations. The second highest hydrogen station deployments after China are in Japan, followed by... Read more →

Toyota Motor North America recently entered into an agreement with environmental tech nonprofit WattTime to provide certain health and environmental impact data to Toyota and Lexus customers with eligible vehicles to enable them to find ideal charging times to reduce emissions when charging at home. By using this data to... Read more →

RMI launches “Virtual Power Plant Partnership” with support from General Motors & Ford

RMI, a leading nonprofit dedicated to accelerating the global energy transformation, announced the formation of the Virtual Power Plant Partnership (VP3). Initial funding of the VP3 effort was made possible by General Motors and Google Nest. VP3 includes founding members Ford, General Motors, Google Nest, OhmConnect, Olivine, SPAN, SunPower, Sunrun,... Read more →

Norwegian state-owned energy company Equinor and Germany-based energy company RWE have agreed to work together to develop large-scale value chains for low carbon hydrogen. The partners aim to replace coal-fired power plants with hydrogen-ready gas-fired power plants in Germany, and to build production of low carbon and renewable hydrogen in... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz to launch global branded high-power charging network, starting in North America with €1B investment

Mercedes-Benz plans to launch a global high-power charging network across North America, Europe, China and other key markets. It will begin to be built this year in the US and Canada, followed by other regions around the globe. The aim is to have the full network in place before the... Read more →

Texas awards $3.2M in EV infrastructure grants to Plano-Based Universal EV Chargers

Texas-based Universal EV Chargers has been awarded $3.2 million in grants to provision and install 105 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports in 21 locations around the state of Texas. These grants will help accelerate the expansion of public EV charging in sectors such as hospitality and multifamily. According to Recurrent... Read more →

EV charging manufacturer Autel Energy will showcase a $350,000 electrified classic 1969 Ford Bronco in its booth at CES. The 1969 Bronco was customized from the ground up by Los Angeles-based Zero Labs Automotive, an automotive and industrial design, technology and engineering firm specializing in electric vehicle conversions. The custom... Read more →

Cleveland-Cliffs is introducing the MOTOR-MAX product line of non-oriented electrical steels for high frequency motors and generators in the North American market. MOTOR-MAX High Frequency Non-Oriented Electrical Steels (HF NOES) are designed for high speed motors (operating at frequencies above 60 Hz), electric vehicle (EV) traction motors, aircraft generators and... Read more →

Brussels Airlines, the flag carrier of Belgium and part of the Lufthansa Group, has started the new year by being the first airline receiving a delivery of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Brussels Airport for the first time using the NATO Central European Pipeline System (CEPS). The Central Europe... Read more →

Hydrogen infrastructure company GenH2 launched the LS20 Mobile Liquid Hydrogen System, an end-to-end liquefication and storage system. The mobile liquefaction unit offers a space-optimized, fully integrated liquid hydrogen solution to be used in a range of applications from transportation to energy backup to accelerating the use of liquid hydrogen through... Read more →

SAE International has published the first Technical Information Report (TIR) that specifies, in a single document, both the electric vehicle- and ground-system requirements for heavy-duty (HD) wireless charging of electric vehicles (EV). SAE TIR J2954/2 Wireless Power Transfer & Alignment for Heavy Duty Applications helps pave the way for charging... Read more →

Toyota and Oncor to collaborate on V2G pilot

Toyota Motor North America and Oncor Electric Delivery, a Texas-based electric transmission and distribution company, will collaborate on a pilot project around vehicle-to-grid (V2G), a technology that allows vehicles to flow energy from their battery back onto the electric grid. The effort will be led by Toyota’s Electric Vehicle Charging... Read more →

Electreon, a developer of wireless and in-road wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging technology for commercial and passenger EVs, will be deploying its technology in the first-ever public wireless road project in Germany. This project will power a public electric bus. In collaboration with EnBW, a provider of charging infrastructure for... Read more →

Autofleet has introduced a new, self-serve https://autofleet.io/simulator that makes it quick and easy to plan accurately all aspects of the deployment of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and build-out of Charging Infrastructure. This includes considerations such as vehicle models and range, as well as charger placement, type and quantity, measured against a... Read more →

DOE releases a notice of intent for 2023 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Funding

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) announced a notice of intent to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Fiscal Year 2023 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement.” The potential FOA will advance research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) in several areas critical to... Read more →

New York state awards $23M for transportation electrification initiatives

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $23 million in funding and awards for transportation electrification initiatives in New York State. The announcement includes $8 million made available under the third round of the Direct Current Fast Charger program to install electric vehicle infrastructure in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, including underserved... Read more →

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $2.9-billion investment plan that accelerates California’s 2025 electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen refueling goals. The funds will support the deployment of thousands of zero-emission trucks, school buses and transit buses to deliver clean air benefits to communities hit hardest by the impacts... Read more →

Volkswagen and Enel X Way launch Ewiva to build Italy’s largest high-power charging network

The Volkswagen Group and Enel X Way, the Enel Group’s company dedicated to electric mobility, launched their equally-owned joint venture Ewiva, which aims to accelerate the uptake of electric mobility in Italy promoting the development of a reliable and capillary high-power charging (HPC) network across the country. The expansion of... Read more →

Volkswagen AG Elli charging network now operating 400,000 charging points in Europe

Volkswagen AG and its charging and energy brand Elli now operate 400,000 charging points in Europe—the largest charging network there, with more than 800 providers in 27 countries. Over the past 18 months, the network has doubled in size by adding about 200,000 new charging points. Elli most recently expanded... Read more →

SAE International and ChargerHelp! partner to assist in EV charging infrastructure workforce development

Between 2020 and 2026, the global electric vehicle (EV) market is expected to increase significantly. This will require a robust and reliable EV charging infrastructure—supported by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, a $7.5-billion investment that will help US States deploy EV chargers along interstate highways—along with... Read more →

GM marked the official launch of its Dealer Community Charging Program with the installation of the first community charging stations in Wisconsin and Michigan. Since the program was announced in late 2021, nearly 1,000 GM dealers have enrolled—representing almost a quarter of all GM dealers in North America. The program... Read more →

Stellantis and its US dealerships move toward electrification

Stellantis and its dealership network across the United States are moving toward their electrified future. Working with its 2,600-plus dealers, the company is focusing on the dealership transition to electric-vehicle sales and service, offering consulting and on-site evaluation of electric-vehicle (EV) integration needs within every area of the dealership business.... Read more →

CharIN response to Tesla opening its North America Charging Standard

In November, Tesla opened its EV charging connector design—called the North American Charging Standard (NACS)—to charging network operators and vehicle manufacturers. (Earlier post.) Now, the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN e.V.) and its CharIN North America Chapter (operating as CharIN Inc.), issued a response. CharIN is the largest global association focused... Read more →

California PUC adopts $1B EV charging program

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently adopted a five-year, statewide, $1-billion transportation electrification program. The decision provides a unified policy-driven funding structure for utility transportation electrification efforts through 2030, and prioritizes investments in charging infrastructure for low-income, tribal, and underserved utility customers. Under the decision, 70% of the funds... Read more →

Neste and CIM, part of NOVEN Group in France, the leading independent French group of companies providing oil storage and supply services, are collaborating to enable the supply of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel into France. The collaboration enables fuel marketing companies to comply with the French mandate for sustainable... Read more →

Volta/Imogen collaboration awarded $12M in ARPA-E funding to commercialize next-generation fast charging technology

Volta, an electric vehicle (EV) charging and media company, announced that a project application it collaborated on with Imagen Energy, a developer of compact high-power EV chargers, was awarded a $12-million grant from the US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). (Earlier post.) The project seeks to develop... Read more →

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, signed a definitive agreement to acquire full ownership of Beyond6, LLC (B6) and its network of 55 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations across the United States from Chevron’s current B6 co-owners, a subsidiary of Mercuria Energy Trading (Mercuria) and B6 CEO Andrew... Read more →

Hyundai Home officially launching in 16 states; solar, energy storage and charging

Hyundai Home has officially launched in 16 states. (Earlier post.) Hyundai Home gives homeowners in select states an easy way to produce, store, and use their own energy to power their lives at home and on the road. Hyundai has partnered with Electrum to develop a one-stop online marketplace to... Read more →

NIO has launched its 1,200th NIO Power Swap Station in China at Suzhou New District Jinke Wangfu Hotel. Within a year, the company has deployed 600 new power swap stations have been deployed. NIO plans to build 1,300+ Power Swap stations by the end of 2022 and 4,000+ by 2025.... Read more →

With electric vehicles becoming more common, the risks and hazards of a cyberattack on electric vehicle charging equipment and systems also increases. Jay Johnson, an electrical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, has been studying the varied vulnerabilities of electric vehicle charging infrastructure for the past four years. Johnson and his... Read more →

Volvo Group and Pilot Company to partner for charging network in North America

The Volvo Group and North American-based Pilot Company have signed a Letter of Intent for the development of public, high-performing charging infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles. The partners intend to enter a strategic partnership that will combine the Volvo Group’s market leadership and experience in medium- and heavy-duty... Read more →

Tesla is opening its EV charging connector design to charging network operators and vehicle manufacturers. The Tesla charging connector has been proven over a decade of use and 20 billion EV charging miles. It has no moving parts, is half the size, and twice as powerful as Combined Charging System... Read more →

Electrify America to invest $3M in California to drive zero emission vehicle awareness and education in low-income and disadvantaged communities

Electrify America announced a nearly $3-million additional investment to support four community-based organization awardees promoting Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) education and awareness in low-income and disadvantaged communities throughout California. This effort is part of the company’s broader commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, and supports the existing plan... Read more →

Neste to offer public electric vehicles charging service at its stations in Finland

Neste is introducing public high power charging (HPC) at its service stations in Finland for light- and medium-duty electric vehicles. Neste MY Renewable Charging adds another option to Neste’s portfolio of solutions in Finland for supporting the transition to low-emission transport. Serving both business and consumers, Neste’s first public high... Read more →

The Mobility House has been selected by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to deploy its smart charging and energy management solution ChargePilot for New York City Transit (NYCT), the largest public bus fleet operator in the US. During the year-long pilot program, The Mobility House will manage charging for 27 charge... Read more →

Stanford study finds charging Li-ion cells at different rates boosts the lifetimes of EV battery packs

Stanford University researchers have devised a new way to make lithium-ion battery packs last longer and suffer less deterioration from fast charging. The research, published in IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, shows how actively managing the amount of electrical current flowing to each cell in a pack, rather than... Read more →

Global engineering group Cavotec recently launched its ultra-fast Megawatt Charging System (MCS). Providing up to 3MW of power from a single connector, the MCS is a turnkey DC charging solution with grid-to-inlet functionality that supports the decarbonization of industrial vehicles and ships. The MCS consists of: a high-power electronic module,... Read more →

At an E-Mobility Conference organized by the VDE, the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies, the Düsseldorf-based technology group Rheinmetall recently presented a novel solution concept for charging electric vehicles: curbstone chargers. Rheinmetall curbstone chargers blend into the cityscape almost invisibly, offering a solution to the challenges posed... Read more →

Researchers from the Senseable City Laboratory at MIT report that crowdsourced data from the smartphones of vehicle passengers crossing bridges may help monitor bridge structural integrity. An open-access paper on their demonstration is published in the Nature journal Communications Engineering. Monitoring and managing the structural health of bridges requires expensive... Read more →

NAPA aligns with Qmerit for EV charging solutions

The National Automotive Parts Association LLC (NAPA) is collaborating with Qmerit, North America’s leading provider of installation services for EV charging and other electrification technologies. NAPA, with America’s largest network of parts and care, will be the first in the automotive aftermarket space to offer Qmerit’s turnkey EV charging installation... Read more →

JERA, the largest power generation company in Japan, responsible for about 30% of Japan’s electricity, and Toyota Motor have built and deployed the first large-capacity “Sweep Energy Storage System”. The system was built using batteries reclaimed from electrified vehicles (HEV, PHEV, BEV, FCEV) and is connected to the consumer electrical... Read more →

PG&E to offer US’ first vehicle-to-grid export rate for commercial electric vehicles

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has received approval to establish the nation’s first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) export compensation mechanism for commercial electric vehicle (EV) charging customers in its California service area. The V2G export rate promotes EV adoption by providing upfront incentives to help commercial customers offset fleet costs and... Read more →

To support the expansion of electric transportation in Québec, the Electric Circuit is a{launching} a pilot project on heavy- and medium-duty vehicle charging. The initiative includes the installation of dedicated stations for safe charging that consider turning radius and trailer length. With the number of electric trucks on the roads... Read more →

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) mobilized a $135-million climate financing package for VinFast Trading and Production Joint Stock Company (VinFast) for manufacturing Vietnam’s first fully-electric public transport bus fleet and first national electric vehicle (EV) charging network. The assistance will support Vietnam’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and... Read more →

Bakken Energy, a developer of affordable clean hydrogen supply, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with each of Cummins Inc. and Schneider National Carriers Inc., to work together on the design of the Heartland Hydrogen Hub to serve the needs of long-haul trucking. In conjunction with the States of North Dakota,... Read more →

European Parliament wants car charging stations every 60 km on major EU roads

Last week, the European Parliament adopted its position on draft EU rules aimed at spurring the deployment of recharging and alternative refueling stations (such as electric or hydrogen) for cars, trucks, trains and planes and supporting the uptake of sustainable vehicles. The new rules are part of the “Fit for... Read more →