Circontrol adds contactless card payment to its European charging stations


As human contact becomes passé, contactless bank card payments are surging in popularity. Barcelona-based Circontrol has become the latest charging provider to add a contactless payment system to its public chargers. The company has already implemented the contactless payment system on its 400 fast chargers in the UK, and is now rolling it out in… Read more »

Motiv Power Systems delivers 9 electric trucks to Sacramento Community Resource Project


Motiv Power Systems has delivered 9 electric box trucks to Sacramento’s non-profit Community Resource Project (CRP). The e-trucks will be used to provide home energy audits, weatherization and HVAC services to low-income residents in an area where air quality is some of the worst in the country. Motiv’s all-electric chassis and software platform is designed… Read more »

Aptera finalizes design, is ready to build super-efficient EV


Most EV startups are either following the Tesla template—aiming to produce a high-performance luxury vehicle—or targeting the money-spinning pickup truck segment. Aptera Motors is taking a very different path. The reincarnated automaker’s goal is to create the world’s most efficient vehicle—an EV with as much as 1,000 miles of range. Now the San Diego-based company… Read more »

DC fast chargers in California’s Central Valley are a crucial link in the West Coast Electric Highway


Three Love’s Travel Stops along State Highway 99 in California’s Central Valley plan to install public charging stations as part of the West Coast Electric Highway initiative funded by the California Energy Commission. Each of the three new charging sites, located in Ripon, Madera and Tulare, will feature four individual charging posts, including both Level… Read more »

IEA case study #2: electric buses in Santiago, Chile


The International Energy Agency’s Global EV Outlook is an annual publication that reports on the current state of electric mobility around the world. This year’s report notes the rapid proliferation of plug-in vehicles—from a mere 17,000 in 2010 to some 7.2 million in 2019. The growth has been concentrated in a few regions—47% of the… Read more »

Leipzig electric buses to use Siemens fast charging infrastructure


Public transport operator Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB), which serves the city of Leipzig, Germany, has ordered 21 electric low-floor buses from VDL Bus & Coach. Siemens Smart Infrastructure will provide the charging infrastructure. “Switching to electric bus transport requires not only the vehicles but also an efficient charging infrastructure that guarantees reliable operation,” said Boris Höltermann,… Read more »

Jaguar I-PACE electric taxis charging wirelessly in Oslo


The city of Oslo, the world’s EV capital, has partnered with Jaguar Land Rover, wireless charging pioneer Momentum Dynamics and charging operator Fortum Recharge to build a wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure for electric taxis. Taxi network Cabonline will operate 25 Jaguar I-PACE EVs equipped with Momentum Dynamics’ wireless charging system. To devise a charging system… Read more »

IEA case study: electric buses in Helsinki, Finland


The International Energy Agency’s Global EV Outlook is an annual report on the current state of electric mobility around the world. As always, this year’s edition contains many interesting insights about the EV market. Over 2.1 million plug-in vehicles (pure electric plus plug-in hybrid) were sold globally in 2019—a 40% year-on-year increase over 2018, which… Read more »

Indianapolis EV-sharing project folds after four years

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In 2015, French conglomerate the Bolloré Group opened an all-EV car-sharing service called BlueIndy in Indianapolis. Alas, BlueIndy announced plans to close last December, and terminated operations in May. “This difficult decision to end the service has been made because we did not reach the level of activity required to be economically viable,” said BlueIndy… Read more »

Déjà vu department: Tesla Q2 deliveries beat expectations, stock soars


It’s become a familiar ritual: Tesla announces quarterly deliveries that beat expectations, as most everyone (at least in the EV press) expected. It’s a choreographed quarterly concert that keeps Tesla in the news, and keeps the stock price climbing. This time however, a global pandemic and auto industry slump were in the mix, and there… Read more »