EV Charging Stories November 14

Electric vehicles face a challenge for urban adoption due to the difficulty of charging when you often have to park on city streets.

London is trying to address the problem by expanding a program to install EV charging stations inside street lamp posts. expand full story

EV Charging Stories August 3

EV Charging Stories June 19

The electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the US still has a long way to go, but the progress over the past few years is promising.

A new report from University of Michigan researchers using data from the Department of Energy suggest that there are now ~16,000 public electric vehicle charging stations with ~43,000 connectors in the US. expand full story

EV Charging Stories April 28

Volkswagen recently submitted both its plans to invest $2 billion in electric vehicle infrastructure in the US as part of its court settlements with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the DieselGate scandal.

We reported on the main details of the plan for California, which includes installing ultra-fast 320 kW chargers, and the plan for the whole country, which includes a ‘nationwide 150 kW+ fast charging network’.

Now other automakers are contesting the plans and want to have a say in how VW should spend that money. Some ideas are OK, though the contestation could result in slowing the rollout of the EV infrastructure, while other demands are plain ridiculous. expand full story

EV Charging Stories April 17

We previously reported on several reward programs for electric vehicles owners charging during off-peak hours, like BMW’s program in California and the Netherlands is trying to make it a nationwide standard for EVs, but now we learn of a new program that appears to be significantly more generous than those two.

Con Edison, an electric utility operating in New York City and Westchester County, will pay “5 cents in rewards for each kilowatt-hour of charging during off-peak hours.” expand full story

EV Charging Stories July 19, 2016

Electric vehicle enthusiasts and some automakers have been calling for more homogeneity in charging standards. Some progress has been made, but ultimately, it looks like we will have to wait to see which standards will prevail and which will become obsolete.

In the meantime, we are starting to see some interesting charging stations using several different standards at the same location. Tesla has even been participating in a few of these stations around the world, but its latest, which happens to be its first Supercharger in the Czech Republic, is particularly impressive. expand full story

EV Charging Stories May 5, 2016

EV charging station maker and network operator, ChargePoint, announced that it closed a significant funding round with $50 million to expand infrastructure to new countries and ramp up its residential business. A couple of venture capitalist firms and electricity company Constellation Energy participated in the round of funding.

Since its inception in 2007, ChargePoint has raised $164 million. expand full story

EV Charging Stories April 29, 2016

China has developed a new charging standard in order to more efficiently deploy a charging infrastructure capable of supporting the up to 5 million electric vehicles it hopes to get on the roads by 2020. Tesla is now fully on board and announced today the launch of the ‘Tesla Charging Partner Program’ in China to promote the national EV charging standard. expand full story

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