Louisiana to use VW settlement money to install 82 charging stations

Louisiana may be more famous for étouffée than electric vehicles, but money from Volkswagen’s dirty diesel settlement will finance several measures to clean up the air in the Pelican (or Petroleum) State. Louisiana received $19.8 million from the 2016 settlement. Around $12 million went to replace 351 diesel school buses (some with propane or CNG… Read more »

UK charging platform Bonnet raises $1.3 million in new funding

UK startup Bonnet has raised £920,000 ($1.3 million) in new funding, including £850,000 in an equity financing round led by Ascension Ventures and a £70,000 grant from Innovate UK and OZEV (government-funded entities that promote the British EV industry). Bonnet is a charging platform designed to simplify paying for public charging. There are currently over… Read more »

Siemens to expand its EVSE manufacturing operations in the US

Electronics giant Siemens plans to expand its US EVSE manufacturing operations. Siemens expects to manufacture over one million EV chargers for the US market over the next four years. The company will bolster its existing infrastructure offerings with the VersiCharge Level 2 AC series of commercial and residential EV chargers. Siemens is currently evaluating sites… Read more »

Battery swapping specialist Ample raises $160 million in Series C funding

Battery swapping is an old idea with a troubled history. Better Place, an Israeli startup that was a promising early promoter of EVs, made battery swapping a centerpiece of its strategy—it went bust in 2013. Tesla demonstrated a swapping system for Model S in 2013, but dropped the technology in 2015. Chinese EV startup NIO… Read more »

Marquardt’s new E-Lock charge plug locking system

Charging plug locks secure EV plugs against unexpected unplugging, preventing possible damage to the system and protecting against theft of the charging cable (especially important in Europe, where many public chargers require drivers to use their own cables). German electromechanical manufacturer Marquardt has developed a new locking system designed to make charging safer and more… Read more »

Rhombus launches serial switching DC fast charger dispenser

Rhombus Energy Solutions’s new RES-D3-CS20 DC fast charger dispenser is now available for immediate ordering. The D3 design allows multiple remote EV charging dispensers to be connected to a single Rhombus power control system (PCS), potentially reducing total EVSE costs for electrified fleets. Most of today’s DC fast charging systems that support remote dispensers have… Read more »

Russian startup develops LNG- and hydrogen-powered off-grid EV charger

Russian based startup L-Charge has developed an off-grid EV charger that can be powered by liquid natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, or a mixture of the two—the ratio can be adjusted depending on regulations and fuel prices. The company is marketing its charger not only as a way to provide charging in locations where grid power… Read more »

German utility E.ON to offer home chargers from Turkish manufacturer Vestel

German electric and natural gas utility E.ON plans to add chargers from Turkey-based manufacturer Vestel to its portfolio of EV chargers. The Vestel home chargers will initially be offered exclusively to members of ADAC, Germany’s largest automobile club. Vestel’s range of smart, networked chargers includes entry-level designs as well as more powerful advanced models. All… Read more »

Australia awards $27 million to five companies to deploy 403 fast charging stations

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has awarded a total of $26.8 million to five public charging providers to fund the deployment of 403 new fast charging stations, each with dual-vehicle capability and 50 kW or more of power. Gas retailer and oil refiner Ampol will receive $7.05 million in funding, and plans to install fast… Read more »

In-Charge Energy to supply charging systems to 500 US Nissan dealerships

In-Charge Energy, a provider of turnkey fleet EV infrastructure solutions, is working with Nissan North America to install charging hardware and software at more than 500 dealerships across the US. The upgraded chargers are part of the automaker’s preparations for the new 2022 Ariya electric crossover, which is scheduled to go on sale later this… Read more »