First Bus opens the UK’s largest charging depot in Scotland
Glasgow is now home to the largest fast-charging centre for electric vehicles in the UK after First Bus completed the transformation of its Caledonia bus depot. The depot in the south of Glasgow has seen 160 fast-charging points installed over the past nine months. And, this was just phase 1.
Tritium reveals location of US plant in Tennessee
Australian charging station manufacturer Tritium has announced the construction of a manufacturing facility in the US state of Tennessee with up to six production lines to manufacture up to 10,000 Tritium DC chargers per year. President Joe Biden announced the Australian company’s US location.
Heliox presents Flex charging station for heavy-duty EVs
Heliox introduces its latest charging system, ‘Flex 180 kW,’ designed for high-powered depots and overnight charging across multiple vehicles. Multiobus in Belgium already uses the charging system with GVB Amsterdam and Transdev Hermes in Eindhoven to follow shortly.
AUS: Tritium redesigns DC charger for mining operations
Australia’s high power charging specialist Tritium has teamed up with Miller Technologies to deliver a charging solution for mining operations. Miller just launched the Relay EV ready to operate underground and now runs the first project at Tesla supplier BHP in Queensland.
ABB to use AFC Energy’s off-grid DC charging solution
ABB is entering into a strategic partnership with UK-based AFC Energy to develop a new generation of DC fast-charging solutions for locations with limited access to the grid. The Swiss Group will build on AFC’s system that uses fuel cells and battery backup to deliver high-power charges at remote sites.
Tasmania to charge forward
The Climate Change Office of Australia’s island state Tasmania has announced grants to help local businesses install electric vehicle charging stations. In addition to the ChargeSmart scheme, Tasmania’s first ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging station will open in Campbell Town by the end of the year.
Ireland: EasyGo.ie partners with Tritium in Ireland
EasyGo.ie, a privately-owned electric vehicle charging network in Ireland unveiled what it claims to be the first publicly-available DC charger in the country. EasyGi.ie announced plans to install 88 of Tritium’s DC rapid chargers by the end of 2020, with at least 20 to be deployed by the end of 2019.
V2G, Vector, Fasned, DC charging, West Norfolk.
V2G initiative: The University of California, San Diego, will introduce electric vehicles. The fleet consists of Nissan and Honda electric cars and will be charged and operated by EVgo. The firm also wants to test bi-directional charging and feed into UC San Diego’s advanced microgrid.
Vector shows progress in setting up a promised 35 EV rapid-charging stations in New Zealand. The first station that sports two fast-charging spots has been installed in Auckland and the company says another fifteen will be erected soon.
Longer and faster: Nissan’s new 30 kWh battery of the Leaf not only holds more power than the previous 24-kWh version but also charges faster, Fastned reveals after real-life testing. The quicker replenishing is probably due to the alternated cell chemistry.
The faster the better: EV drivers prefer rapid-charging over Level 2 charging 12 to 1, a survey by NRG eVgo in the Bay area reveals. This means that in the long run, DC charging might be where the money is for infrastructure providers, while AC charging will likely remain free of charge.
200,000 pounds were invested in EV charging infrastructure, as British West Norfolk is now equipped with three stations. Each includes two rapid charging spots. The initiative is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and a Nissan consortium.