Volkswagen’s energy business Elli and German grid operator Mitnetz Strom started a pilot in the summer of 2022 to optimise charging processes in line with the grid. They aimed to achieve efficient and environmentally-friendly interaction between distributors and VW electric vehicles. Here’s the result.
Toyota Motor North America and Oncor Electric Delivery, a Texas-based electric transmission and distribution company, have agreed to collaborate on a pilot project around vehicle-to-grid (V2G). It is the first cooperation of its kind for Toyota in the US.
The Mobility House has been selected by the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) 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.
Heliox has teamed up with Recoy to integrate its ‘Real-time Optimisation Platform’ into its fast-charging equipment. Recoy’s platform considers energy prices in real-time and helps optimise flexible assets such as electric vehicles, stationary batteries, e-boilers and electrolysers.
The Mobility House and Endera have made public their cooperation for managed commercial EV charging. They have already delivered electric shuttles and a smart charging solution to ACE Parking and Aladdin Airport Parking, both servicing the San Diego International Airport, California.
Ireland’s Department of Transport announced a suite of grants and initiatives to support greater adoption of electric vehicles. These include home charging initiatives, a register for smart chargers, as well as a commercial vehicle program for businesses and organisations to trial electric commercial vehicles.
Innovate UK has granted funding to the software provider ev.energy to scale their first Virtual Power Plant (VPP) using only electric vehicles. The funding comes after the startup successfully demonstrated the concept by working with the British utility UK Power Networks.
UK charging solutions provider EO Charging has filed a patent for new technology. The company says its new ISO 15118-compliant chargers and software will allow EO to perform smart AC-charging on legacy fleet electric vehicles that are not compliant with the 15118 standard.
The new startup Gridtractor just launched in California to develop charging technology and energy management services for electric tractors and heavy farm equipment. In concrete terms, Gridtractor will help farmers integrate electric charging and V2G technology into their operations through a new SaaS model.
BP Ventures has invested seven million dollars in smart EV charging firm, IoTecha, leading a $13.2 million investment round (about 11Mn euros). The start-up uses Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology to connect EV chargers with the grid, optimising the charging process and enabling automated payments.
In an online meeting between Berlin and Los Angeles, Carrie Hampel interviewed Hubject’s Senior Director of Corporate and Business Development Barton Sidles about the new Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rule set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
EVBox and The Mobility House (TMH) join forces to establish Vehicle-to-Grid charging. Within the scope of cooperation, EVBox will provide hardware for V2G projects of TMH. Both companies also invest in research and development.
Honda and Moixa have teamed up to launch the first fruit of their pan-European cooperation. Smart chargers with vehicle-to-grid technology have been installed in London’s borough Islington and foretell a future of bi-directional charging via CCS.
EDF Renewables North America has acquired PowerFlex Systems, a start-up with a patented technology called Adaptive Charging Network (ACN). It is used in V2H charging systems powered by renewable energy in particular.
The UK charger manufacturer EO Charging and smart grid firm Moixa are cooperating to create a dedicated smart home battery and solar package for electric vehicles. The system is designed to store renewable energy and to use it to charge the EV.
The charging station manufacturer EVBox and the energy management specialist Smappee have agreed on a multi-year partnership to further develop Smart Charging and introduce intelligent charging products globally.
Lincolnshire based Rolec EV, a manufacturer of charging points, is aiming to increase production capacity by over 200 percent. They announced the opening of a new factory complex in order to do so and also the creation of a further 50 full-time jobs.
All publicly funded home charge points for electric vehicles must use smart technology from July 2019, the British government announced. This means charge points must be able to be remotely accessed, and capable of receiving, interpreting and reacting to a signal.
Vehicle-to-grid charging is to get bigger in Britain with EDF Energy wanting to install 1,500 such V2G connections. The utility announces a partnership with technology company Nuvve and is aiming for the B2B market first.
E.On is introducing the IT platform of service provider Virta of Finland as a digital backbone of the utility’s network in Europe. The cloud solution is to manage peaks and prices while increasing usability for E.On clients.
The Danish company Nerve Smart Solutions has announced it is ready to reveal a new generation of fast-charging stations for EVs, which will be “significantly faster, without overloading the power grid.”
Bosch has launched system!e, connected services for electric mobility at the IoT conference in Berlin. It combines the supplier’s electrified drive components and services for electric cars and connects them to the cloud for smart energy management.
Self-flying electric cab: Airbus presents the Vahana concept, which it also calls a CityAirbus, designed by its A3 subsidiary in Silicon Valley. The copter cab, as we dub it, carries one passenger with no pilot needed and is powered by four electric motors at tilting wings that enable vertical take-off and landing. An airborne prototype is scheduled for the end of next year and a demonstrator shall land by 2020. dailymail.co.uk, autoblog.com
Microcontroller for EVs: Infineon’s Aurix microcontroller has been designed for electric vehicles and automated cars. They offer a high level of integration and real time performance, making them faster and safe. The MC are scalable up to 16Mbyte of flash and 6Mbyte of RAM. newelectronics.co.uk, automotiveworld.com
Modern fuel cell testing: The fuel cell research centre HyCentA at TU Graz opened a new test infrastructure for fuel-cell systems together with AVL List GmbH. The 2.3m euro test stand allows dynamic operating modes and is open for automotive suppliers as well as fuel cell system producers. tugraz.a
Intelligent charging: A study by the University of California, Irvine concludes that smart charging PEVs minimises the scale of infrastructure needed. With smart charging the required power capacity drops to 16% (from 60%), while V2G could render non-vehicle energy storage systems unnecessary. greencarcongress.com