Qualcomm unveils next-gen powerline communication device to support vehicle-to-EVSE smart-grid communications

In continued efforts to support the growing electric vehicle (EV) segment, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced a next-generation powerline communication (PLC) device, the QCA7006AQ, designed to address the needs for electric vehicle (EV) charging station communications—also known as electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)—that use global Combined Charging System (CCS). The PLC... Read more →

ABB E-mobility scales up investment in software provider ChargeLab

ABB E-mobility announced a new investment into EV charging software provider ChargeLab. Co-ordinated through ABB EL Ventures, the investment forms part of ChargeLab’s $15-million Series A financing. ABB E-mobility first partnered with ChargeLab in 2020. This investment, along with a new commercial partnership to develop next-generation software solutions for ABB... Read more →

Electrify America enters into 15-year VPPA for 100% renewable energy for network

Electrify America entered into a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with developer Terra-Gen to build a solar photovoltaic renewable energy generation project in San Bernardino County, California called Electrify America Solar Glow 1. The new solar project is expected to generate 75 MW at peak solar capacity or an... Read more →

Electreon, a provider of wireless and in-road electric vehicle (EV) charging technology, signed an agreement of cooperation with Israel public transportation company Electra Afikim. As part of the agreement, Electreon will provide Electra Afikim with wireless charging infrastructure that will enable simultaneous charging of 30 buses, 24 hours a day.... Read more →

ZeroAvia and Shell collaborate on hydrogen refueling for fuel-cell airplanes

ZeroAvia, a company developing hydrogen-electric solutions for aviation, announced a collaboration with its strategic investor Shell, which will design and build two commercial-scale mobile refuelers for use at ZeroAvia’s research and development site in Hollister, California. The announcement follows recent positive predictions relating to the falling price trajectory of hydrogen... Read more →

Rhombus Energy Solutions use Wolfspeed’s SiC devices for faster EV charging infrastructure

Silicon Carbide technology leader Wolfspeed, Inc. will supply 1200V Silicon Carbide MOSFETs to Rhombus Energy Solutions for its EV2flex line of charging infrastructure products, enabling greater efficiency, higher power density and faster charging times. Rhombus’ EV2flex infrastructure includes a family of products that enables fast, bi-directional charging and efficient energy... Read more →

ABB and Eviny have collaborated on the first installations of ABB’s Terra 360. Partnering with Eviny, the Norwegian e-mobility leader, ABB’s Terra 360 is now available for use by the country’s rapidly growing community of EV drivers at the Oasen Shopping Center, Bergen and in the Norwegian ski resort of... Read more →

PG&E launches comprehensive study on hydrogen’s feasibility within gas pipelines; H2∞

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is launching the US’ most comprehensive end-to-end hydrogen study and demonstration facility, which will examine the future potential of the zero-carbon fuel hydrogen as a renewable energy source for not only PG&E customers but the entire global natural gas industry. The centerpiece of the... Read more →

Electrify America registered 1.45M customer EV charging sessions in 2021 compared to 268,000 in 2020; 41.4 GWh delivered

Electrify America provided 1.45 million customer electric vehicle (EV) charging sessions in 2021, highlighting the rapid deployment of its charging stations across the United States. By comparison, the company recorded 268,000 customer EV charging session in 2020. The company dispensed 41.4 gigawatt-hours of energy to power customer’s electric vehicles in... Read more →

FreeWire Technologies, a developer of ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management solutions, raised $125 million in new capital. The financing consists of a Senior Convertible Note provided exclusively by funds and accounts managed by BlackRock Financial Management, Inc. and a concurrent equity raise with institutional and strategic investors... Read more →

Volkswagen and bp have launched a strategic partnership that will boost the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe, unveiling their first charger in Dusseldorf, Germany. The partnership aims to transform access to EV charging in key European markets by rapidly building a fast-charging network across Europe by 2024 and... Read more →

ABB E-mobility has signed a new global framework agreement with Shell to supply ABB’s end-to-end portfolio of AC and DC charging stations. The portfolio ranges from the AC wallbox for home, work or retail installations to the Terra 360 which is suited for refueling stations, urban charging stations, retail parking... Read more →

Porsche and Audi form Premium Charging Alliance in Japan

Porsche Japan and Audi Japan are forming a Premium Charging Alliance business partnership to expand the 150kW rapid charging station network across Japan. Rapid charging stations run by both companies will be available to both Porsche and Audi owners starting 1 July 2022. The Premium Charging Alliance is a project... Read more →

China-based battery giant CATL officially launched its EVOGO battery swap services (earlier post) in Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian Province, making it the world’s first EVOGO city. The first four fast battery swap stations that have started operation are located in Siming District, Huli District and Haicang District of Xiamen. The... Read more →

A nationwide research study by Volta Inc., an EV charging network, has found that EV adoption is dependent upon highly visible EV chargers that are conveniently located at the places drivers already frequent. The findings go beyond price and range anxiety to understand top barriers to switching to electric: Visibility... Read more →

Heliox, a global leader in DC charging systems for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, announced a supply agreement with PACCAR Parts to support the rollout of PACCAR’s electric vehicles. Heliox will supply mobile 25kW and 50kW chargers to PACCAR’s dealers and customers who are building their electric truck fleets. Heliox Mobile... Read more →

VinFast and Electrify America announce charging agreement and mobile app integration for electric vehicles

At the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS 2022), VinFast and Electrify America announced an agreement to provide owners of VinFast electric vehicles with two complimentary charging sessions along with access to Electrify America’s coast-to-coast network in the VinFast mobile app. This cooperation further affirms VinFast’s determination to enter the... Read more →

Biden Administration to award more than $800M to spur development and adoption of homegrown biofuels

The Biden Administration announced several steps to spur the development and adoption of homegrown biofuels. $700 million for biofuels producers: As part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide up to $700 million in funding through a new Biofuel Producer Program. The... Read more →

Wallbox, a leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management solutions worldwide, has begun construction at its Arlington, Texas manufacturing facility, the company’s first US-based EV charger manufacturing facility. The 130,000 square-foot plant is expected to have enough capacity to fully support Wallbox’s expansion plans in North America... Read more →

Con Edison helping NYC drivers shift to EVs with more places to charge up

There are now more than 29,000 electric vehicles registered in New York City and Westchester, including 1,262 added in February, the most recent month for which data are available, according to Con Edison, the electricity, gas and steam utility for New York CIty and Westchester County, NY. To keep those... Read more →

From June 2022, there will be a new tariff system for the approximately 300,000 charging points in the Mercedes me Charge network in Europe. Mercedes me Charge will offer three new charging tariffs tailored to individual driving performance. Mercedes me Charge offers customers access to more than 850 charging point... Read more →

ZeroAvia, a developer of hydrogen-electric aviation, signed an MoU and announced a new partnership with the hydrogen fueling firm ZEV Station to develop green hydrogen refueling infrastructure for airports in California. The companies will work together on developing an initial regional airport project that represents sufficient scale to showcase how... Read more →

Fleet electrification provider Zeem Solutions has opened its first commercial EV transportation-as-a-service depot in Inglewood, California, near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The depot, a hub for zero-emission vehicle services, is the largest commercial EV charging installation in the US that supports medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle fleets. The LA-area... Read more →

IVECO signs MoU with Enel X to develop e-mobility for commercial vehicles in Europe

IVECO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Enel X, the Enel Group company dedicated to developing and selling innovative energy services and solutions for the electrification of consumptions and mobility. Under the terms of the non-binding MoU, IVECO and Enel X plan to explore a possible collaboration that will... Read more →

Germany awards €160M to Hamburg operators to further electrification of public transport

Germany’s Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr (BMDV) has awarded around €160 million to support the electrification of public transport in Hamburg and the surrounding area. The recipients of the funding are Hamburger Hochbahn AG and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH). These are the first funding notices to be awarded to transport... Read more →

The Mobility House has fully commissioned an intelligent charging and energy management solution that will reduce the total cost of ownership for King County Metro’s new electric bus charging pilot by more than $1 million dollars. The test charging facility, which can charge up to nine coaches simultaneously, was created... Read more →

Hydrogen refueling station operator H2 MOBILITY Deutschland raises €110M

Hydrogen refueling station operator H2 MOBILITY Deutschland closed a €110-million investment round. Hy24, the world’s largest clean hydrogen infrastructure investment platform, led the round with €70 million. Air Liquide, Daimler Truck, Hyundai, Linde, OMV, Shell, and TotalEnergies also contributed to the capital raise. H2 MOBILITY, a leading operator of hydrogen... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz has been awarded a far-reaching contract for road monitoring through vehicle data by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Min I&W). The project spans two years and covers three key areas: Winter Management, Asset Management and Road Safety. The geographical breadth of the Road Monitor program (ROMO)... Read more →

Nissan and Enel have partnered to launch the Second Life project. Combining used Nissan electric vehicle batteries at a conventional power plant in Melilla, Spain, operated by the Enel Group’s Spanish subsidiary, Endesa, the project enhances grid stability to help meet the needs of an isolated network. A pioneering initiative... Read more →

BYD and Shell signed a strategic cooperation agreement to help accelerate the energy transition and improve charging experience for BYD’s battery electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) customers. The partnership will start in China and Europe and will extend to other regions across the globe. A BYD... Read more →

bp to invest £1B in EV charging in the UK over next 10 years

bp plans to invest £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) in electric vehicle charging in the UK, supercharging the roll-out of fast, convenient charging across the country. bp pulse, bp’s EV charging business, intends to make the investment over the next 10 years helping to meet the UK’s fast-growing demand for EV... Read more →

Electrify America has described a new design vision for some of its future charging stations intended to exceed electric vehicle (EV) customer expectations. In addition to this new, customer-focused design evolution, the company will be introducing its next-generation charger with functional design updates to improve the hands-on charging experience for... Read more →

Charging speeds for electric vehicles (EVs) vary widely, from as little as 15 minutes using an ultra-rapid 350 kW charger, to as much as 24 hours when relying on a domestic wall outlet. OEMs are working on extending the charging rate up to 3 C (or even beyond) by using... Read more →

In preparation for the launch of its all-new 2023 bZ4X battery electric SUV (earlier post) later this year, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. will work with ChargePoint, Inc. to offer customers home and public EV charging solutions. For home charging, bZ4X customers will have the option to purchase a ChargePoint... Read more →

Taking it’s title as the world’s longest mid-span and highest tower suspension bridge, the 1915Çanakkale Bridge was officially opened in a ceremony attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on 18 March 2022. The bridge was completed 18 months ahead of schedule. Tendered by the Turkish Ministry of Infrastructure and... Read more →

Sandia team develops GaN diode that is significant step toward protecting grid from EMPs

Scientists from Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new gallium-nitride (GaN) diode that can shunt excess electricity within a few billionths of a second while operating at a record-breaking 6,400 volts—a significant step towards protecting the nation’s electric grid from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The team published the fabrication and... Read more →

PG&E and Ford collaborate on bidirectional electric vehicle charging technology in customers’ homes

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Ford Motor Company announced a collaboration exploring how Ford’s new F-150 Lightning electric vehicle (EV)—the first commercially available light-duty truck with bidirectional charging technology (earlier post)—can interact with the electric grid and provide electric reliability benefits to PG&E customers. One in five EVs... Read more →

Israel-based Electreon, a developer ofin-road wireless electric vehicle charging technology for shared, commercial and passenger vehicles, and ASPIRE (Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification), an NSF-funded engineering research center, are launching a joint demonstration project. Electreon’s in-motion (dynamic) wireless charging technology will be installed in ASPIRE’s research test... Read more →

Rocsys, the first company offering autonomous charging solutions that automate industry-standard CCS connectors, has signed an order of agreement with SSA Marine, the world’s largest independent, privately-held marine terminal operator, to supply ROC-1 autonomous charging systems. The systems will autonomously charge part of the electric yard tractor fleet of SSA... Read more →

RMI report finds substantial emissions reductions possible with smart EV charging

A new report from RMI has found that optimized charging of electric vehicles, which involves automatically and strategically shifting when an EV charges, could significantly reduce transportation sector emissions, and could potentially result in an average of 800 pounds of CO₂ saved per vehicle annually. This is equivalent to avoiding... Read more →

Israel-based Electreon, a provider of wireless and in-road wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging technology will collaborate with global technical professional services firm Jacobs on select wireless EV charging projects across the US for fleet operators including city and state authorities. Electreon’s wireless charging technology—for both stationary applications and wireless Electric... Read more →

Volvo Cars is integrating and testing wireless charging technology in a live city environment together with selected partners, evaluating its potential for future electric cars. Over a three-year period, a small fleet of fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge cars will be used as taxis by Cabonline, the largest taxi operator... Read more →

Hyundai Motor to integrate green energy into Charge myHyundai service in Europe

Hyundai Motor is integrating green energy into Charge myHyundai. Using the e-mobility service provider Digital Charging Solutions’ (DCS) green charging option, the company will ensure that, for every charge undertaken by customers via its pan-European integrated public charging service, the equivalent amount of energy is fed back into the grid... Read more →

Hyundai Motor and Shell expand collaboration on clean mobility and carbon reduction; EV charging and hydrogen

Hyundai Motor Company and Shell are embarking on a new strategic collaboration to explore ways to offer lower carbon emissions products and services and to reduce emissions across their operations. Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company, and Huibert Vigeveno, Shell’s Downstream Director, signed a Memorandum of Understanding... Read more →

Chevron, Iwatani to build 30 hydrogen fueling stations in California

Chevron USA, a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, and Iwatani Corporation of America (ICA), a wholly owned subsidiary company of Iwatani Corporation will co-develop and construct 30 hydrogen fueling sites in California by 2026. As part of the agreement, Chevron plans to fund construction of the sites, which are expected to... Read more →

The 2023 Toyota bZ4X battery electric SUV, due to arrive at dealers later this year, will mark the start of a collaboration between Toyota Motor North America and EVgo to provide new bZ4X customers with access to DC fast-charging stations. Customers who purchase or lease a new 2023 Toyota bZ4X... Read more →

Siemens unveiled a new sustainable, EV charging concept structure designed for electrifying fleets and high demand charging applications at scale. The new VersiCharge XL concept was created to electrify new or existing parking lots and building structures quickly and efficiently by using a modular, scalable design made in partnership with... Read more →

WiTricity, a leader and pioneer in wireless charging for electric vehicles (EVs), plans to offer an aftermarket wireless charging upgrade package for owners of select EV models, starting with a limited beta in 2022. The solution, WiTricity Halo Charging, offers a complete, end-to-end, and hassle-free charging experience: just park and... Read more →

Kia America and Electrify America are partnering to provide Kia EV6 buyers with 1,000 kWh of complimentary EV charging/energy at any Electrify America station across the US. The agreement between the two companies will provide Kia owners with approximately 3,500 to 4,000 miles of all-electric driving at no charging cost,... Read more →

SINTEF Energy Research and ECONNECT Energy have developed a novel computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modeling tool to predict LNG, ammonia and liquid carbon dioxide flow rates in floating, flexible cryogenic pipes. The tool will be used to better understand flow rates in floating pipe technology with various pressure and temperature... Read more →