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Aptera takes customer feedback to heart, quickly makes DC fast charging standard on all solar EVs

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Just a few days after sharing specifications of its Launch Edition solar EV, Aptera Motors has backtracked on a previous comment stating that its upcoming vehicles will not come with DC fast charging capabilities. Aptera has now let its community of loyal fans know it hears them, vowing to equip all its solar EVs, including the aforementioned Launch Edition, with the capability to charge on Tesla’s supercharger network.

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Revel is going to build more EV fast charging Superhubs in the US

Revel, which specializes in building universal fast charging stations in cities and also offers Tesla rideshare and electric moped rentals, today announced that it’s going to expand its network of high-volume, public EV fast charging Superhubs. The Brooklyn-based company will site the new Level 3 charging stations in dense US urban areas.

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Xos adds DC fast chargers to its repertoire to support passenger and commercial EVs

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Commercial EV manufacturer Xos, Inc. has announced a further expansion of its infrastructural offerings to support fleet and passenger EV drivers alike. The company’s “Xos Energy Solutions” business unit will now offer a new suite of DC fast chargers, delivering portable and wall-mounted power between 30kW and 300kW.

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Lightning eMotors unveils 2nd-generation portable DC fast charger with 420 kWh capacity

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EV manufacturer Lightning eMotors has unveiled its latest generation of its Lightning Mobile chargers to support commercial and consumer EVs. The second-generation portable DC fast charger brings vast improvements and versatility compared to its predecessor, providing up to five charging ports without any need for installations or construction.

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The top 10 fastest-charging EVs currently available

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With a tremendous number of bespoke EVs that have already arrived this year, there has never been a more exciting time to switch to go all-electric. A number of factors will play into your EV decision, regardless of whether it’s a lease or a purchase. Aside from the obvious preference for a certain model design, things like cargo space, range, acceleration, and technology are all important to consider. So is charging speed. Some of the data below could be the deciding factor in choosing one EV or another. Check out the top 10 fastest charging EVs currently available.

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West Coast EV charging network EVCS raises $68.8M to expand fast charger footprint

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EVCS – a West Coast-based EV charging network – has raised $68.8 million in funding to help expand its presence to over thirty-five new cities in California, Oregon, and Washington. In addition to increasing fast charger density in its current footprint, EVCS looks to double its network size by 2023.

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Volvo and Starbucks team up on Chargepoint DC fast charging network test from Seattle to Colorado

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One area of the EV experience that traditional automakers seem to have little thirst for is the DC fast charging network that recharges their cars over long drives or in cities where Level 1/2 charging is inaccessible. Volvo is now exploring its own DC Fast Charging network of sorts, and it’s teamed up with charging heavyweights Starbucks and Chargepoint to do so…

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Tritium CEO to meet President Biden today following announcement of a new DCFC manufacturing facility in Tennessee

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DC fast charging hardware and software manufacturer Tritium outlined plans for a new manufacturing facility in Lebanon, Tennessee this morning. Furthermore, all chargers produced at the new facility are expected to comply with Buy America Act provisions. As a result, Tritium CEO Jane Hunter will meet President Biden at the White House today to discuss US EV infrastructure.

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EV charging scheme raises $6.2 million in funding, coming to 70 Taco Bell locations

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It’s been a big week for Taco Bell fans who don’t want to admit they’re Taco Bell fans. Just days after the restaurant chain announced a first-of-its-kind taco subscription service, EV charging startup ChargeNet announced plans to bring a comprehensive charging solution to one of the restaurant’s south San Francisco locations later this month.

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Electric vehicle (EV) charging standards and how they differ

Electric vehicle charging standards

As more and more consumers make the green decision to forego their combustion engines for electric vehicles, they may not be as in tune with charging standards. kW, voltage, and amps might sound like jargon compared to miles per gallon, but these are essential units to understand to get the most efficiency out of your shiny new EV.

Let the following serve as a guide, offering all you need to know about the various charging options out there and how they differ.

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GAC-Aion unveils 480 kW fast charger, well below previously rumored 600 kW

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Chinese EV manufacturer GAC Aion has officially debuted its A480 fast charger, capable of charging its upcoming Aion V SUV from 30-80% in under five minutes. While still impressive, the fast charger’s top charging power of 480 kW sits well below rumors last week speculating this debut would showcase a 600 kW charger.

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EGEB: Largo Police Department is first in Tampa Bay to buy electric motorcycles

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The Largo, Florida, police department in the Tampa Bay area buys Zero all-electric motorcycles.
  • 7-Eleven will install at least 500 fast-charging ports at 250 stores in the US and Canada by the end of 2022.
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Six US utilities form Electric Highway Coalition in Southeast, Midwest

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Six utilities today announced the formation of the Electric Highway Coalition. It’s a plan to ensure that electric vehicle drivers have access to a network of charging stations on major highway systems on the Atlantic coast, in the Midwest and South, and in the Gulf and Central Plains regions.

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EVgo announces lower/simpler price plans and longer charging times for its ‘largest US’ DC fast charging network

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EVgo today announced price drops, a simpler scheme and longer charge windows to “the nation’s largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) DC Fast charging stations”. EVgo says that the new rates match or beat gasoline on a per mile basis and the new service will be a boon for apartment dwellers and current/prospective EV buyers who need to take trips outside of their EV range. However, there are some important details to consider.



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Review: EVgo finally gets an app but does it improve DC fast charging?

YEARS in the making, EVgo this week released their first app for consumers on both Android and iOS. I’ve tried it on both platforms and have gotten similar results in a little over a day of testing with two separate EVgo 50kW DC fast chargers. I tested both the Chevy Bolt with CCS SAE Combo charger and the Tesla Model X with Chademo adapter. So, how’d we do?

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ChargePoint to deploy 200 of its ‘up to 400 kW’ electric vehicle charging stations in the UK

We were excitted when ChargePoint unveiled its latest charging station technology earlier this year. It’s a modular system called Express Plus and it can enable a record-breaking charge rate of up to 400 kW.

The only problem is that ChargePoint doesn’t operate its own charging stations. Therefore, in order for those to get deployed, other companies need to buy them and operate them.

Well, the company announced today the first major deployment of those stations as InstaVolt in the UK announced that they signed a contract to purchase “more than 200 ChargePoint rapid charge systems.”

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Electric vehicle charging networks are partnering to create Europe-wide fast-charging network

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A lot of electric vehicle charging networks in Europe operate only in specific countries, which can make it hard for electric vehicle drivers to road trip across borders. A solution has been introduced today to make European electric travel easier.

Today, five of the biggest network operators announced the ‘Open Fast Charging Alliance’, which “will enable roaming to create a premium network of fast chargers all over Europe”, according to the new group. 

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Chargepoint announces 400 kW charging, adds 100 miles of electric vehicle range in less than 15 minutes

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Chargepoint, an independent EV charging station manufacturer and charging network operator, announced today that it is introducing a new 400 kW DC fast-charging infrastructure, which is faster than even the most high-powered stations announced by other manufacturers for deployment toward the end of the year.

The first stations equipped with the new 400 kW technology will be deployed this year and available to customers starting in July 2017, according to the company.

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