Dedicated e-truck charging site coming up in California
WattEV is building a pilot electric truck stop in California’s San Joaquin Valley, positioned near logistics fulfilment centres run by Amazon and Walmart. The mega-watt charging site will feature a solar micro-grid with battery storage, plus grid energy from PG&E.
160 new fast-chargers for Ontario, Canada
The Canadian government is providing a further eight million dollars to set up 160 new fast chargers at 73 locations in the province of Ontario. The charging stations will be operated under the name Ivy Charging Network.
OCPP certification available for charging
Companies that use the Open Charge Point Protocol 1.6 (OCPP 1.6) in their charging products can now certify their implementations. The Open Charge Alliance has launched an independent certification program for this purpose.
Ford introduces new charging service plans
Ford has published the details of its charging strategy for its future electric models. In Europe, 125,000 charging points are to be integrated into the charging service, and Ford also wants to offer a wallbox.
Hubject partners with Greenlots
Hubject has entered into a cooperation agreement with Greenlots, the recently acquired US charging network platform, now owned by Shell. The agreement concerns the implementation of Plug&Charge technology via the ISO 15118 standard on the North American market.
Shell acquires charging provider Greenlots
Shell’s New Energies division acquires charging infrastructure specialist Greenlots. The US supplier is to form the basis for the oil company’s e-mobility business in North America under the Shell umbrella but will retain its brand identity and management team.
ChargePoint & Greenlots announce roaming partnership
The two US American charging network operators have announced a roaming partnership that would enable inter-network charging, allowing customers free access to “thousands of additional charging locations throughout North America”. The cooperation will take effect in mid-2019.
Volvo starts infrastructure cooperation with Greenlots
As part of the previously reported broader introduction of electric trucks in North America, Volvo Trucks will be cooperating with the charging infrastructure specialists Greenlots, as well as other partners including ABB, who will help set up charging infrastructure in warehouse facilities in southern California.
Apple, Greenlots, Fastned, Baton Rouge, emobility grants.
Apple puts charging on the map: Apple is partnering with Parkopedia, integrating their data on more than 40m parking possibilities in 75 countries into Apple Maps. The service is said to also include information about the availability of charging spots.
V2G with Greenlots chargers: Greenlots has received an order for 200 EV charging stations in public areas, as well as private homes and businesses in Washington state. Utility Avista is planning to integrate Greenlots’ SKY platform into a V2G pilot project in the eastern part of the U.S. state.
Fastned gets ready for Tesla: The Dutch charge point provider has fitted all 50 of its fast-chargers with Tesla adapters. According the company’s annual report, it saw turnover go up an average 10 percent per month, while the provided amount of electricity and number of users rose 11 and 7% per month, respectively.
Baton Rouge in Louisiana wants to install eleven chargers for street level parking and in parking garages. Both the infrastructure and the installation will be paid for by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), while the city-parish will pick up the yearly maintenance bill. Moreover, non-EVs blocking the stations will be fined 50 dollars.
Emobility grants: Pierce Transit in the U.S. state of Washington will use federal grant money to purchase its first two electric buses from Proterra. The U.S. city of Choasset in Massachusetts spend its grant money on three electric and hybrid vehicles for the municipal fleet, as well as charging stations.
thenewstribune.com (Washington), patriotledger.com (Massachusetts)
TEN-T, Fortum, Tesla, Simcoe County, Greenlots.
Trans-Europe: The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) project hit a major milestone, as the British and Irish sections went live. The Rapid Charge Network includes 74 stations and spans 680 miles of popular routes. Chargers are operated by Ecotricity in the UK and ESB in Northern Ireland.
Charging at home: Together with Charge Amps, operator Fortum Charge & Drive has developed a new home and workplace charging solution. The Charge & Drive @home will first be launched in Sweden, followed by other Nordic countries.
Tesla vs. GM: The fate of Tesla’s rights to directly sell to customers in Indiana remains up in the air. An Indiana state senate committee pushed back the topic back to their summer study, where it will be discussed in more length. This may also be because of the national attention the bill received, especially since Tesla has blamed GM to behind the initiative.
Connecting the network: Ontario province Simcoe County has applied for 20m CAD to fund the development of five EV charging locations, each with three fast-chargers. The chargers would be part of Ontario’s electric vehicle programme.
Testing in Hawaii: A joint research project by Greenlots and Hawaiian Electric saw the installation of Greenlots’ SKY, a rapid-charger with scalable, vehicle-grid integration (VGI) technology at a popular shopping mall. Because it is coupled with an array of solar panels and an energy storage system, the chargers can operate at full power even during peak hours.
BMW, Washington State University, Greenlots.
Laser lights hit the road: The BMW i8 will be the first production car with optional laser headlights. The lasers are said to double the high-beam range of the standard LEDs, being more energy-efficient at the same time. A camera-aided high-beam assistant will prevent the lights from blinding incoming traffic.
carscoops.com, youtube.com (Video by BMW)
Safer with gummy: Researchers from Washington State University have developed an electrolyte with a texture like chewing gum. It could reduce the risk of fire for lithium batteries dramatically. Furthermore, the material is light-weight and flexible.
Platform for smart charging: San Francisco-based Greenlots has introduced its SKY Smart Charging Platform designed for utilities and smart grid operators to tackle peak load impacts of EV charging. The platform is certified for the use with OpenADR demand response programmes.