Swiss firm Designwerk presents container-sized Mega Charger for commercial EVs

Designwerk Technologies, based in Winterthur, Switzerland, has developed a new DC fast charging station for commercial EVs that’s packaged in a container format. After a year of development, the company has now presented the new charger to some 80 industry experts. Designwerk’s Mega Charger is a battery-buffered charging station with two CCS charging points, each… Read more »

Updated OpenADR communications standard helps utilities manage renewables and EV charging

The OpenADR Alliance has launched a new version of its OpenADR communications standard. OpenADR 3.0 is designed to help utilities, operators, aggregators and customers manage the growing range of distributed energy resources (DERs), which includes renewable generation, stationary energy storage, EV batteries and bidirectional EV charging stations. As an open standard, OpenADR is designed to… Read more »

FTC seeks public comment on its labeling requirements for public EV chargers

Under the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the Federal Trade Commission established the Alternative Fuels Rule, which includes uniform labeling requirements for EV charging stations. The labels must provide ‘‘appropriate information with respect to costs and benefits, so as to reasonably enable the consumer to make choices and comparisons.’’ The required labels must be ‘‘simple.”… Read more »

Rivian launches leasing for R1T electric pickup truck in 14 states

Rivian has launched a leasing program for its R1T electric pickup truck for customers in selected US states. Customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington can now sign up to lease an R1T pickup from the automaker’s existing inventory. The $7,500 federal tax… Read more »

Rental companies account for a third of fossil cars sold in Norway

The future is here in Norway, where plug-in vehicles made up around 90% of total auto sales in August. However, the commercial segment of the market has fallen behind the times. Almost all individual drivers buy EVs, but a lot of fossil vehicles are still being sold to companies—particularly car rental agencies. From January to… Read more »

Circontrol’s next-generation Raption EV chargers feature 240 kW of power, new user-friendly features

EV charger manufacturer Circontrol has unveiled a new generation of its Raption Series EV chargers. At the Power2Drive event in Munich in June, the company presented its new Raption Compact 160, which offers 160 kW of DC charging power. The Raption Compact 240 (with 240 kW) has now been added to the lineup. Circontrol plans… Read more »

U.S. Steel pilots battery-electric locomotives

U.S. Steel has converted two of its diesel switcher locomotives at the Mon Valley Works’ Edgar Thomson and Clairton Plants to battery-electric drive. The locomotives travel within the facilities carrying steel, coke, scrap metal, iron ore and other materials. U.S. Steel invested some $2.3 million in the locomotives. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection provided… Read more »

TeraWatt Infrastructure breaks ground on heavy-duty EV charging site near Port of Long Beach

TeraWatt Infrastructure is taking a comprehensive approach to providing charging for commercial EVs. The company owns strategically-located sites where it offers both public charging and turnkey infrastructure solutions. Now the company has broken ground for a new heavy-duty EV charging site in Rancho Dominguez, California. Located 15 miles north of the ports of Long Beach… Read more »

SSE Energy Solutions to build electric truck charging hub in Birmingham, UK

SSE Energy Solutions plans to build a charging hub for electric heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) at Tyseley Energy Park in Birmingham. SSE’s charging hub, located near the A45 motorway, will feature 360 kW chargers, and will accommodate up to four electric HGVs at a time. The facility will include a canopy made from galvanized steel… Read more »

KEBA and Easelink work to develop automated hands-free conductive charging for EVs at home

Easelink makes a hands-free, automated conductive charging system that is in operation at taxi stands in the company’s native Austria. Earlier this year, Easelink demonstrated its Matrix Charging technology to US industry players. Now Easelink is collaborating with a fellow Austrian firm called KEBA, an EV charger manufacturer that has sold over 500,000 wallboxes around… Read more »