Extreme E uses second-life batteries to provide power in the planet’s most remote locations


If you thought installing Level 2 charging in your detached garage was a hassle, consider what Extreme E has to go through to power its races. The electric rally racing series is staging events in some of the harshest, most remote locations on Earth. The first two races took place in the Saudi Arabian desert… Read more »

Report: California needs 1.2 million EV chargers by 2030


A new analysis from the California Energy Commission (CEC) predicts that the state will need nearly 1.2 million public and shared chargers by 2030 to meet the demands of the 7.5 million passenger plug-in vehicles expected to be on California roads at that time. Assembly Bill 2127, “Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Assessment,” examines charging needs… Read more »

Electrify Home’s new HomeStation Level 2 charger


Electrify Home, the home charging division of Electrify America, has released its fastest Level 2 home charger to date. The new HomeStation offers 9.6 kW of power at 40 amps, and can be installed in a 40- 32- or 16-amp configuration. Choosing the appropriate amperage may help to avoid an expensive upgrade to a home’s… Read more »

Driivz provides a charging management platform to revamp Estonia’s fast charging network


Back in 2013, Charged reported on Estonia’s deployment of a nationwide charging network, one of Europe’s first, and a state-of-the art achievement at the time. Alas, the network soon fell behind the times—the chargers weren’t networked, and weren’t compatible with industry standards. Maintenance faltered, and the driver charging experience was generally poor. Now a local… Read more »

UC San Diego researchers examine charging behavior during the pandemic


A team of engineers performed a study of EV charging patterns on the University of California San Diego campus from early January to late May of 2020, after the university moved most of its operations online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team published their findings, which they say can be applied to a broader… Read more »

BRUGG eConnect introduces IP69-certified fast charging plug


BRUGG eConnect has developed a new plug for EV fast charging. The company says its Compact plug is the world’s first CCS2 charging plug to earn IP69 certification, a very high level of protection against ingress of dust, high temperature and high-pressure water. CEO Patrick Kern said, “Our fast-charging solutions are already being used for… Read more »

AMPLY Power and Duke Energy collaborate on solar-powered overhead charging solution


Fleet charging management provider AMPLY Power is working with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a commercial brand of Duke Energy that provides renewable energy, backup power and managed energy services, on a new combination solar canopy and overhead EV charging solution. The patent-pending Pantograph In-Depot Equipment (PIDE) Canopy Mount is designed to enable fleets to reduce… Read more »

SparkCharge unveils next-gen mobile EV charger and new monthly charging offer


SparkCharge, the provider of a novel mobile charging service, has released a next-generation mobile charging system, the RoadieCCS, as well as ChargeUp, a new charging delivery service, that “promises to charge a vehicle wherever it is for just $25 per month.” “Being able to have your EV charged whenever and wherever you’d like takes away… Read more »

Franklin Energy plans enormous public charging hub at London shopping center


EVSE provider Franklin Energy plans to construct a gigantic 236-bay EV charging hub at Brent Cross Shopping Centre in North London. The public charging station will part of Franklin’s LiFe Network, and will use chargers built by EVBox. Franklin Energy will build the mega-hub in several phases. Initially, fifty 22 kW AC charging points and… Read more »

EV battery swapping: Better idea or big boondoggle?


Why is the idea of battery swapping so persistently popular in the mainstream press? Perhaps it’s because people who’ve never driven an EV imagine that it needs to be like driving a legacy vehicle, with periodic stops at public stations to quickly refuel. Those who are actually involved in the EV industry tend to be… Read more »