Germany’s innogy acquires EVSE maker BTCPower, with an eye on the US market


EV technology provider innogy e-mobility, a subsidiary of German electric utility Innogy SE, has announced the acquisition of California-based EVSE manufacturer BTCPower. The transaction is expected to provide innogy with a full DC product portfolio for the North American market, as well as access to increased production capabilities. innogy has already successfully collaborated with BTCPower,… Read more »

EVgo equips public fast chargers with second-life batteries


Charging network operator EVgo has integrated second-life BMW i3 batteries into a public DC fast charging station. The batteries will store energy from the grid generated during peak solar hours and later use that stored energy for charging during periods of high demand. Following a pilot program at the University of California San Diego (UCSD),… Read more »

New Dutch study recommends optimal EVSE rollout strategy


As the worldwide fleet of EVs expands, it’s becoming clear that governments around the world need to make significant investments in public charging infrastructure. However, there are few examples to follow in developing an effective rollout strategy. A new study, published in the journal Energy Policy, aims to guide policy makers in the deployment of… Read more »

German government awards €50 million in subsidies to 31 municipal electromobility projects


The German government has announced €50 million ($58 million) in new funding for 31 municipal electric mobility projects under its aptly-named “Clean Air 2017-2020 Emergency Program.” Under this fourth phase of the program, municipal vehicle fleets (e.g. waste disposal vehicles and buses), as well as taxi and car-sharing companies will receive subsidies of from 40… Read more »

Southern California Edison proposes to install 48,000 more charging points


The Charge Ready network, launched two years ago as a pilot program by Southern California Edison (SCE), recently installed its 1,000th charging station. Now SCE has filed a plan with the California Public Utilities Commission to invest $760 million to expand the program to 48,000 (!) more charging points. Most of the charging stations added… Read more »

Tesla inks agreement for Shanghai factory

Tesla Batteries 18650 Li-ion Cells
Tesla has reached an agreement with the Shanghai government to build the company’s much-anticipated Chinese Gigafactory. And none too soon – last week, in response to new US tariffs, China increased the import duty on American-made cars to 40 percent, forcing Tesla to raise prices by as much as $30,000. “We expect construction to begin… Read more »

BP to acquire UK charging network Chargemaster


BP has agreed to purchase Chargemaster, which builds charging stations and operates a network of over 6,500 public charging points across the UK. Unlike some oil giants, BP is taking a proactive approach to the coming transition to electric transport. The company estimates that there will be 12 million EVs on UK roads by 2040,… Read more »

CARB awards $20 million to zero-emission off-road vehicle demonstrations


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded $20 million in grants for demonstrations of zero-emission off-road equipment in the freight, agriculture and waterborne mass transit sectors. The projects are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of dollars from the state’s Cap-and-Trade program to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly… Read more »

Paris pulls the plug on Bolloré’s Autolib electric car-sharing service

Autolib
French conglomerate Bolloré launched its Autolib electric car-sharing service in Paris in 2011, and later expanded to other French cities, as well as London, Indianapolis and Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the Paris operation has died. After a very public dispute, the syndicate that brought together the 103 partner municipalities, including Paris, in Île-de-France, terminated its contract… Read more »

Cummins acquires powertrain provider Efficient Drivetrains

Efficient Drivetrains
Heavy-duty engine specialist Cummins (NYSE: CMI) has announced plans to acquire Silicon Valley-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a producer of hybrid and electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicles that has often been featured in Charged. Cummins has been investigating the possibilities of electrification for a decade, but has been turning up the voltage over the… Read more »