Published on January 2nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan0
10 Big EV Charging Stories — #NewsBonanza
January 2nd, 2019 by Zachary Shahan
The EV charging stories have been building up, so here we go with another #NewsBonanza. Below are 10 notable EV charging stations we couldn’t make time for, followed by 16 big EV charging stories we did cover before now.
1. ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano recently sat down with Jim Motavalli to talk the future of EV charging, as well as the growth of the EV market overall.
2. Greenlots announced it was partnering with Volvo Trucks to help get its electric trucks charged at Southern Californian warehouses. Sounds sketchy, doesn’t it? But it’s completely clean and sensible.
“This is the first heavy-duty fleet-charging project stemming from a significant public-private partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB awarded $44.8 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for Volvo’s Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project. As part of this groundbreaking project, Greenlots will outfit warehouses with heavy- and light-duty charging infrastructure, integrate the chargers with onsite solar PV and energy storage systems and leverage Greenlots’ charging network management software to deploy Volvo’s first electrified trucks in North America.”
3. Nissan, Greenlots, EVgo, and Hawaiian Electric Companies brought the “No Charge to Charge” program all the way to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to a little group of islands known as Hawaii. The program “provides up to two years of free fast-charging for those who purchase or lease a new Nissan LEAF from certified dealers in Hawaii after Nov. 1, 2018. A fast charger can fill a LEAF battery pack from empty to 80 percent in 30 to 45 minutes.”
4. ChargePoint & Daimler partnered up to bring smart EV charging to Daimler properties across Germany. “The deal includes the deployment of AC and almost chargers up to 150kW at Daimler-owned properties beginning this year and into 2019. The charging solutions will be available for retailers of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Vans and Trucks. Daimler retailers across the country are increasingly investing ahead of Daimler’s push into electric vehicles in the coming years.“
5. Simon & Electrify America launched the network’s first ultra-fast (350 kW) charging station in California. The location of this groundbreaking charger is at San Francisco Premium Outlets.
“As part of its ongoing sustainability strategy, Simon teamed with Electrify America to open 10 DC fast chargers at San Francisco Premium Outlets today for public use. The charging site features eight 150 kW chargers and two 350 kW chargers. The 350 kW chargers are capable of recharging an electric vehicle at 20 miles a minute providing 200 miles of vehicle driving range in just 10 minutes. …
“The 10 Electrify America chargers are co-located with 20 Tesla Superchargers making San Francisco Premium Outlets one of the nation’s largest multi-standard fast charging sites. In addition to San Francisco Premium Outlets, Electrify America will install charging systems at Simon locations nationwide including 17 centers in California, with 95 additional chargers.”
6. Freewire, which is aiming to soon produce ultra-fast EV charging and mobile on-site power technologies, received $15 million in Series A financing from the likes of BP Ventures (which led the round), Volvo Cars Tech Fund, Stanley Ventures, Blue Bear Capital, Oski Clean Energy Partners, Strawberry Creek Ventures, Spike Ventures, TRIREC, and others. The financing is to bring the company’s solutions to commercialization.
“These solutions are designed to overcome the inefficiencies of today’s grid infrastructure to meet customers’ growing demand for rapid, cost-efficient power – all without the added costs of construction, hardware installation, or peak surges.”
7. Kreisel Electric rolled out its own ultra-fast charging solution, Chimero, which “includes a buffer battery and delivers 160 kW without bringing down the grid.” That buffer battery seems to be the name of the game these days for super-fast and ultra-fast EV charging.
“Chimero delivers up to 160 kW via CCS connection or optionally CHAdeMO and up to 22 kW via type 2. The integrated stationary battery offers 75 kWh of energy and can be refilled with ‘up to 55 kW and/or from renewable AC energy sources such as wind power or photovoltaic plants.'”
8. Deutsche Telekom, German’s largest telecommunications company, announced that it would provide one rate for all public EV charging in Deutschland. “In order to put this one rate for all into practice, Telekom provides the app ‘Telekom Ladestrom’ (Telekom charging electricity), listing more than 9,000 publicly accessible charging points throughout Germany.
“The new offer is initially a trial, which offers electric car drivers a pretty attractive price of two cents per minute – regardless of the charging power. This introductory price includes VAT and is valid until March 31, 2019. Afterwards the tariff will increase to 4 cent per minute (with VAT).”
9. ENCS, the European Network of Cyber Security, and E.DSO, the European Distribution System Operators’ Association, jumped out and launched cyber-security requirements for EV charging infrastructure in Europe.
“The requirements … provide municipalities and distribution network operators with a practical set of considerations when procuring EV chargers and harmonise security standards across the continent. Integrating the expertise of key industry stakeholders, the new standards are already in use by the Dutch EV knowledge and innovation centre ElaadNL, after they initially approached ENCS to make and maintain the requirements.”
10. Tesla announced a series of Supercharging milestones and features, as well as the tremendous reach and connectivity of this network.
2/ While home or workplace charging covers about 90% of daily driving, the Supercharger network enables charging while away from home or on road trips pic.twitter.com/bYyJtB31RL
— Tesla (@Tesla) December 30, 2018
— Tesla (@Tesla) December 30, 2018
Those are the notable EV charging stories we haven’t covered. For notable EV charging news from the past month or so that we have covered, see the following articles: