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 →

Airbus, Avinor, SAS, Swedavia and Vattenfall partner to investigate feasibility of a hydrogen infrastructure at airports in Sweden and Norway

Airbus, Avinor, SAS, Swedavia and Vattenfall have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to investigate the feasibility of a hydrogen infrastructure at airports in Sweden and Norway. This cooperation will provide better understanding of hydrogen aircraft concepts and operations, supply, infrastructures and refueling needs at airports in order to help... Read more →

US DOT Launches $15M “Complete Streets” AI initiative for small businesses

The US Department of Transportation opened a new opportunity for US small businesses to leverage advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve transportation. The Complete Streets AI Initiative (CSAI) is a $15-million, multi-phase effort being offered through the Department’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. CSAI seeks to develop new... Read more →

Researchers in Germany have presented a systematic approach to quantify EV battery degradation across various charging strategies. They conducted battery aging experiments under designed conditions reflecting the characteristics of real-world driving and V2X applications, including Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) applications. They also carried out a comprehensive parameter study to... Read more →

EV fast charging accelerator EcoG opens US headquarters in Detroit; $1.5M grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund

EcoG, an international technology company that allows businesses to develop interoperable level 3 charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) rapidly, is opening its US headquarters in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit. EcoG has been supported with a $1.5-million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. EcoG is a German EV infrastructure... Read more →

FreeWire Technologies, a developer of ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management solutions, (earlier post), announced a collaboration with GM Energy to accelerate the deployment of ultrafast EV charging infrastructure for GM Envolve fleet and commercial customers nationwide. This effort will help support GM Energy by providing a streamlined... Read more →

The United States Postal Service (USPS) unveiled its first set of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its South Atlanta Sorting and Delivery Center (S&DC). Charging stations like these will be installed at hundreds of new S&DCs across the country throughout the year and will power what will be the... Read more →

ZeroAvia has been awarded $3.25 million in funding by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop a first-of-a-kind mobile liquid hydrogen (LH2) refueling truck for heavy-duty applications, including aviation and maritime. Funding for the project comes from the Gas R&D Program administered by the CEC and authorized by the California... Read more →

Sunoco and NuStar Energy entered into a definitive agreement whereby Sunoco will acquire NuStar in an all-equity transaction valued at approximately $7.3 billion, including assumed debt. Under the terms of the agreement, NuStar common unitholders will receive 0.400 Sunoco common units for each NuStar common unit, implying a 24% premium... Read more →

DOE awarding $46.5M to 30 projects to enhance EV charging and workforce development

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $46.5 million for projects in 16 states and Washington, DC to boost electric vehicle (EV) charging performance, resiliency, and reliability; support equitable access to clean transportation solutions; and grow the clean energy workforce. The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program and the... Read more →

Expanding its collaboration with General Motors, EV Connect announced the availability of Plug and Charge on the EV Connect network through GM vehicle brand apps. GM drivers can now simply plug in and charge their vehicles on the EV Connect network without swiping a payment card or scanning an RFID... Read more →

Mazda to adopt NACS for North American BEVs from 2025

Mazda Motor Corporation reached an agreement with Tesla to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for charging ports on the company’s Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) launched in North America from 2025 onward. Mazda will drive adoption of NACS to provide customers with a broader range of charging options. This... Read more →

Lotus announced two new pan-European charging partnerships to support the growing number of customers taking delivery of its electric vehicles. The company’s Eletre owners will be able tap into Bosch’s and Mobilize Power Solutions’ charging capabilities, enabling them to charge their hyper-SUV at home or on the move, providing them... Read more →

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $34 million for 12 projects across 11 states to strengthen and modernize the US’ aging power grid through the development of cost-effective, high-speed, and safe undergrounding technologies. Through the Grid Overhaul with Proactive, High-speed Undergrounding for Reliability, Resilience, and Security (GOPHURRS) program, the... Read more →

MAN Truck & Bus and ABB E-mobility have signed an exclusive cooperation agreement. The aim of the strategic partnership is to work even more closely together, particularly in the area of development. Cooperation in the area of research and development is rather rare in our industry. Together with ABB E-mobility,... Read more →

Siemens acquires Heliox, specialist in eBus and eTruck fast charging solutions

Siemens AG has completed the acquisition of Heliox, a provider of DC fast charging solutions, serving eBus and eTruck fleets and passenger vehicles. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Heliox employs approximately 330 people. The acquisition complements Siemens’ existing eMobility charging portfolio, adding products and solutions ranging from 40 kW to megawatt... Read more →

Chaevi unveils 400 kW DC charger for North America; NACS and CCS

South Korea-based Chaevi, a leading manufacturer and operator of EV charging equipment and services, announced through Chaevi America the availability of its new 400kW all-in-one DC EV charger for the North American market. This DC fast charger provides simultaneous charging from two ports interchangeable with the CCS1 and NACS connector... Read more →

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), through the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Program, is awarding $622.57 million in grant funding to 47 applicants to deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling infrastructure in the places people live and work—urban and rural areas alike—in addition to along designated Alternative... Read more →

Together with the Volkswagen subsidiary Cariad, Bosch is testing automated valet charging. This solution, which is based on Bosch’s automated valet parking system, guides electric vehicles driverlessly to an unoccupied parking space furnished with a charge spot, where a charging robot recharges them automatically. Once recharging is complete, the vehicle... Read more →

The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected 16 projects for funding totaling $32.5 million to advance technology integration in areas critical to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. Spanning nine states and Washington, DC, the selected projects will focus on expanding electric vehicle (EV) deployment and supporting... Read more →

Valeo to present Ineez Air Charging, its solution for wireless charging of EVs, at CES

At CES 2024 in Las Vegas, Valeo will present for the first time Valeo IneezAir Charging, its solution for wireless charging of electric vehicles. Valeo Ineez Air Charging reinforces Valeo’s position in the charging station market with an efficient and lightweight solution to recharge the vehicle inductively, without any charge... Read more →

Setting the stage for entering the electric vehicle charger business in the United States in 2024, LG Business Solutions USA announced that the LG 11kW Level 2 AC EV charger model EVW011SK-SN has been certified to UL 2594, the UL Standard for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, and to the EVSE... Read more →

The California Energy Commission (CEC), through its Clean Transportation Program, has granted a $2.9-million award to a project team led by The Mobility House to implement 12 bidirectional chargers at four California school locations. The project, termed “Replicable V2X Deployment For Schools (RVXDS),” will utilize school bus fleets to mitigate... Read more →

NIO unveiled the Power Charger 4.0 and PowerSwap Station 4.0 (PSS4.0); deployment starts in April 2024. NIO plans to add 1,000 more Power Swap Stations and 20,000 chargers to its network in 2024. The rollout of the upgraded power network in 2024 will further improve users’ experience, the company said.... Read more →

SAE International releases J3400 TIR for standardizing Tesla-developed NACS connector

SAE International released the SAE J3400 North American Charging Standard (NACS) Electric Vehicle Coupler Technical Information Report (TIR), which lays the for SAE’s implementation of the Tesla-developed NACS connector standard. The TIR was developed through broad-based industry consensus in the SAE Hybrid-EV J3400 NACS Electric Vehicle Coupler Task Force. In... Read more →

Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Scout Motors brands to implement Tesla NACS in future electric vehicles

Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Scout Motors announced planned implementation of the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for future products in the North American region, beginning in 2025. To enable existing customers with a Combined Charging System (CCS) charging port to access the Tesla Supercharger network the brands are exploring adapter... Read more →

BC Hydro announces vehicle-to-grid pilot project for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

BC Hydro announced Canada’s first vehicle-to-grid pilot project for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The bidirectional charging trial project for medium-sized vehicles such as buses, and heavy-duty vehicles like transport trucks, is the first of its kind in the province, and the country. BC Hydro is working with testing and research... Read more →

Sharp increases in peak demand forecasts and the potential for higher generator retirements are raising concerns for electric reliability over the next 10 years. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) 2023 Long-Term Reliability Assessment (LTRA) finds that industry faces mounting pressure to keep pace with accelerating electricity demand, energy... Read more →

DOE to award $59M to advance the national clean hydrogen strategy

The Department of Energy (DOE) released a funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0003213) for up to $59 million to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) of affordable clean-hydrogen technologies. Projects supported by this funding will reduce the cost and improve the performance of critical elements of hydrogen infrastructure, demonstrate innovative... Read more →

Geely Holding and NIO sign strategic partnership agreement on battery swapping technology; focus on private and commercial vehicles

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely), China’s leading privately-controlled automotive technology group and NIO Holding (NIO) recently signed a strategic partnership agreement on battery swapping. Both parties agreed to carry out comprehensive cooperation on battery standards, battery swapping technology, battery swapping network expansion and operation, swappable model development, and battery asset... Read more →

ABI Research: surging EV adoption will propel public EV charging revenue to $164B by 2035

Government decarbonization targets and Electric Vehicle (EV) subsidies are driving the adoption of EVs worldwide. By 2035, EVs will make up 27% of all registered cars, requiring a massive increase in public charging infrastructure to support them. New research from global technology intelligence firm ABI Research finds that revenue from... Read more →

The US’ first electric vehicle (EV) charging station funded through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program (earlier post) has opened outside Columbus, Ohio, officially jumpstarting the work of building more than 500,000 chargers that will connect 79,000 miles of America’s roads and highways. Nearly $5 billion will be... Read more →