New Siemens VersiCharge Blue EV charger now in volume production at Texas factory

Siemens eMobility’s new electric vehicle charger, VersiCharge Blue, is currently in full production at the company’s Carrollton, Texas manufacturing facility, and is now going into commercial deployment. The Level 2 AC charger is designed for all applications, including commercial sites, parking garages and light- to medium-duty fleets. The VersiCharge Blue charger offers up to 11.5… Read more »

Mullen launches Commercial Pulse telematics for EV fleet optimization

California-based EV maker Mullen has introduced its Commercial Pulse telematics system, which is designed to provide advanced vehicle diagnostics and fleet optimization for commercial fleets. It is available by subscription as two mobile applications, Mullen Commercial Pulse Fleet and Mullen Commercial Pulse Driver, on both iOS and Android platforms. The apps are available for the… Read more »

Mercedes-Benz’s eActros 600 electric truck excels in hot-weather testing

Mercedes-Benz Trucks recently tested a prototype of its long-range electric truck, the eActros 600, in extreme heat in Andalusia, Spain. For five weeks, Mercedes engineers shook down every system on the truck, from itss electric powertrain and battery thermal management to its air conditioning system, to its fast charging capabilities, in summer temperatures of up… Read more »

ubitricity to deploy 1,050 public EV charge points in Southwest London

UK EV charging network ubitricity, a wholly owned Shell subsidiary, has been appointed by the councils of the London boroughs of Richmond and Wandsworth to install and maintain a network of 1,050 public EV charge points. There will be 525 in each borough. “The current surge in EV sales is driving increased demand for charging… Read more »

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm takes an EV road trip, deals with charging challenges

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm recently took an EV road trip from Charlotte, North Carolina to Memphis, Tennessee in order to draw attention to the billions of dollars in funding the White House is making available to promote electric vehicles. Granholm addressed audiences at town hall stops along her road trip. “Things are happening… Read more »

Autel Energy launches MaxiCharger AC Ultra EV charger for European markets

Charging hardware manufacturer has added a new Level 2 EV charger to its product range. The MaxiCharger AC Ultra is an IEC-certified, dual-socket commercial AC charger, and is now available worldwide as a European-standard 22 kW charger. “MaxiCharger AC Ultra can output 22 kilowatts of power simultaneously, meaning two vehicles can charge at the same… Read more »

Ford to launch plug-in hybrid Ranger pickup in Europe

Ford will offer customers a plug-in hybrid version of its Ranger mid-size pickup in Europe. Production is to start in late 2024, and deliveries to customers are expected to begin in early 2025. The Ranger Plug-in Hybrid sports a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine along with an electric motor, and boasts an electric range of over… Read more »

Electric taxis in Austria use automated charging system as the country phases out fossil-fueled taxis

Taxis in Austria are going electric. Starting in 2025, only emission-free taxis will be allowed (unlike some countries currently in the news, Austria has shown no signs of reneging on this pledge). Automated EV charging can greatly facilitate taxi electrification, as e-taxis can charge automatically while waiting at taxi stands. The eTaxi Austria project has… Read more »

EVgo receives first shipment of Buy America 350 kW DC fast chargers from Delta Electronics

Public fast charging network EVgo has received the first shipment of 350 kW fast chargers from Delta Electronics that are manufactured according to Build America, Buy America Act (BABA) standards. Delivered from Delta Electronics’ recently opened factory in Plano, Texas, this first shipment marks a milestone in developing the domestic supply chain needed to unlock… Read more »

Frustration with delays in implementing the Megawatt Charging System standard

The Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), an industry alliance with over 320 members, is working to establish a new Megawatt Charging System (MCS) for heavy-duty electric vehicles. The new standard is expected to be operational as early as 2024, but some in the industry are complaining about delays, and putting pressure on CharIN to accelerate the… Read more »