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Tritium to Show New DC Fast-Chargers

October 16, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Veefil Tradename for 50-, 22-, and 12-Kilowatt Units,
Connected, 50-Kilowatt Veefil UT Is Designed for Fleets

Australia’s Tritium is adding 12- and 22-kilowatt DC fast-chargers to its Veefil production line, augmenting an existing 50-kilowatt Veefil unit – and adding connectivity to the 50-kilowatt offering, a feature aimed specifically at fleets.

Tritium's new Veefil chargers

Tritium’s new Veefil chargers

“Tritium’s philosophy is to work closely with its customers to tailor our products to their requirements, and from our discussions with them on what they really need we have developed three new products, including one specifically for the fleet market, which we will be marketing internationally,” commercial director Paul Sernia said in a release (emphasis added).

“All the new products provide the same benefits as the original Veefil. The (50-kilowatt) Veefil UT is available now and the (12-kilowatt) Veefil WP and Veefil 22kW will be ready to ship early 2017,” he said.

A Range of Four DC Fast-Chargers

“These new charging products now create a Veefil range of four chargers – with all the chargers sharing Tritium’s unique technology (including liquid cooling),” says the new product release. All are both CHAdeMO- and SAE Combo- compatible.

The products will be shown this week at eCarTec, which runs October 18-20 in Munich.

Tritium notes further that

  • the connected-for-fleets 50-kilowatt Veefil UT has been designed specifically for energy and utility companies worldwide – and is “the first fast charger designed to connect directly to the grid.” It is “a solution for metering, switch gear and protection systems in a single unit,” Tritium says, “significantly reducing installation and maintenance costs;”
  • the 22-kilowatt Veefil DC fast charger is similar to the company’s original 50-kilowatt unit, but is designed to give customers more options in locations dependent on a lower power supply; and
  • the compact 12-kilowatt Veefil WP DC fast charger, “designed specifically for the workplace and ideal for fleet applications,” fits easily into existing car parking areas and can provide 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) of charge in two hours.

The Veefil line’s aluminum chassis and liquid cooling allow the units to operate in a wide range of climactic conditions with increased reliability and reduced maintenance.

In addition to its EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment products for DC fast-charging, Tritium promotes BMS/battery management systems and inverters for EVs. Tritium and California-based ChargePoint announced distribution deal for the United States last year (F&F, March 27, 2015).

Tritium badge may be seen on this detail of U.S.-based ChargePoint's CPE200 'Express 200' DC fast-charger.

Tritium badge may be seen on this detail of U.S.-based ChargePoint’s CPE200 ‘Express 200’ DC fast-charger.

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Source: Tritium with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Canada’s Elix Claims Safer WEV Charging

October 13, 2016 in EVs, EVSE, New Products, Technology, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Rotating Permanent Magnets to Reduce Radiation
As Vancouver Company Gets China Investment Boost

Vancouver-based Elix Wireless is promoting a method of electrical wireless power transfer – MDC, for magneto-dynamic coupling – it says is safer for electric vehicle charging in that it emits far lower levels of potentially hazardous electromagnetic radiation than competing inductive charging technologies.

New MOSFET for Faster EV Charging

October 6, 2016 in EVs, EVSE, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cree/Wolfspeed Claims First-Ever 1,000-Volt SiC Unit

“Wolfspeed’s new 1000-volt silicon carbide metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor ‘offers system designers ultra-fast switching speeds with a fraction of a silicon MOSFET’s switching losses,’ says parent Cree.

“Wolfspeed’s new 1000-volt silicon carbide metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor ‘offers system designers ultra-fast switching speeds with a fraction of a silicon MOSFET’s switching losses,’ says parent Cree.

A new MOSFET, said to be the industry’s first-ever 1,000-volt silicon carbide unit, can enable a 30% reduction in component count, a three-fold increase in power density, a 33% increase in output power – and lower cost, says manufacturer Wolfspeed, a Cree Company.

“Wolfspeed’s technology enables smaller, more efficient charging systems that provide higher power charging at lower overall cost,” Wolfspeed CTO John Palmour said in a release.

“This market requires high efficiency and wide output voltage range to address the various electric vehicle battery voltages being introduced by automotive suppliers,” he said.

‘Ultra-Fast Switching Speeds’

“Wolfspeed’s new 1000V SiC MOSFET offers system designers ultra-fast switching speeds with a fraction of a silicon MOSFET’s switching losses,” Palmour added.

“The figure-of-merit delivered by this device is beyond the reach of any competing silicon-based MOSFET.”

With silicon carbide, “Designers can reduce component count by moving from silicon-based, three-level topologies to simpler two-level topologies.” The company says.

MOSFET stands for metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor.

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Source: Cree/Wolfspeed with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

ChargePoint, BMW, VW Wrap Corridors

September 13, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly 100 DC Fast-Charge Units on East & West Coasts

ChargePoint and BMW said today that they’ve completed, with partner Volkswagen, electric vehicle charging corridors on the East and West Coats of the United States.

'Take an electric road trip...' graphic courtesy ChargePoint via BMW media

‘Take an electric road trip…’ graphic courtesy ChargePoint via BMW media

EV drivers “can now travel the most heavily-trafficked corridors,” states a release, “with the installation of 95 new DC Fast charging stations as part of the Express Charging Corridors Initiative.”

Both 24- and 50-kilowatt units are available, depending on location. The ECCI project was announced early last year (F&F, January 23, 2015).

Branches from the main Corridors extend to such popular destinations as Cape Cod, the Hamptons, and the Jersey Shore in the East, and to Lake Tahoe and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California, the partners note.

50-Mile Intervals

“The chargers are strategically positioned both within and between relevant metropolitan areas, spaced approximately 50 miles apart, in convenient locations with access to restaurants, shopping centers, rest stops, and more,” the companies says.

The DC fast-charge stations “have been installed within a few miles of major highways, prioritizing both safety and convenience.”

‘An Easy Choice for Anyone’

“We make driving electric an easy choice for anyone,” ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano says in today’s announcement. “The Express Charging Corridors extend the power of the existing ChargePoint network to simplify long-distance travel for EV drivers and enable more people to make an EV their primary vehicle.”

BMW, VW and ChargePoint say they “are providing drivers with the ability and confidence to enjoy longer distance driving and recharge their electric vehicles quickly, ultimately leading to greater electric vehicle adoption.”

ChargePoint notes that its customer EV drivers “have completed more than 18 million charging sessions, saving upwards of 17.3 million gallons of gasoline and driving over 430 million gas-free miles.” The company late last month installed its 30,000th EV charging station (F&F, August 30).

Specific corridor locations can be located on the ChargePoint website.

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Source: ChargePoint & BMW with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Nat’l Drive Electric Week – Right Now

September 12, 2016 in Education, Electric Drive, event, EVs, EVSE, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. Fleet of Plug-Ins Is Expected to Hit Half a Million,
EVgo Is Offering Free Charging in More than 50 Markets,
ChargePoint Is Offering 10% Off on Home Charging Units

National Drive Electric Week 2016 is in full swing – and it comes as industry watchers expect the U.S. total of plugged-in vehicles to hit 500,000.

ChargePoint Boasts 30,000 Charge Points

August 30, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Mission Is to Get Everyone Behind the Wheel of an EV’

ChargePoint is celebrating the installation of its 30,000th electric vehicle charging station. The company says it’s powered 407 million gasoline-free miles for more than 450,000 EVs on U.S. roads. updated August 31

Even Electric for Multi-Brand EV Sales

August 17, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Traditional Dealership Model Has Proven Unable to Deliver’

Even Electric is announcing plans in Ottawa today for “the first global sales and distribution network for electric transportation offering multi-brand, new and pre-owned vehicles through an innovative retail and online customer experience.”

“The traditional dealership model has proven unable to deliver the sales and service experience that EV owners want and need,” Mike Elwood, CEO of the new Canada-based venture, said in a release. “Our Even model was developed to combine the best aspects of both an on-line and in-store retail experience to make it easy for EV customers to find and acquire exactly what they want, when and where they want it.”

“We want to work with governments, and utilities, and fleets, and consumers, wherever they wants us,” Elwood told F&F. Even’s sales principle was proven in Iceland, the company says. Elwood names Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica and islands nations as potential markets.

‘Lower Costs Across the Entire Supply Chain’

“Moving from dealership to dealership to shop one car at a time is simply an outdated process,” said Even COO John Gordon says in today’s announcement. “Even has created an entirely new distribution model – one that is enabled by technology to offer customers an unprecedented level of choice and convenience.”

EvenElectric-logo“Even will significantly lower costs across the entire supply chain by optimizing the flow of EVs directly to the global markets when and where they’re needed,” Gordon said.

The new company pledges to maintain electric vehicle inventories at efficient and cost-effective centralized processing centers in key countries. Once selected, a vehicle will be shipped to the nearest Even “Customer Centre” – described as “a streamlined and less capital intensive version of a dealership.

A Versatile Delivery Scheme

“Vehicle deliveries – as well as service – can occur at either the Customer Centre, or directly in an owner’s driveway. Customer Centres, plus a robust schedule of test drive events, will compliment the sales and service experience.”

Even says it’s engaging and consulting with governments, fleets and NGOs to more fully participate in development of EV infrastructure and deployment. Elwood points to the success of a pilot program in Iceland, and the new firm says it’s in advanced discussions for locations in Canada, Norway, Panama, Ireland, Belgium and the U.K.

The 2013-2014 program in Iceland “both validated the concept and allowed the group to collect real world market information, ultimately leading to the formation of the Even Electric partnership,” according to a release prepared for today’s Ottawa EV Day in Canada.

‘Consumer Demand Is High’

“Iceland is a small, compact country with a limited road system and relatively short commutes,” said Even Electric chairman and founder Gisli Gislason. “One hundred percent of the country’s electricity on the grid comes from renewable sources.

“What we learned in Iceland,” Gislason said, “is that consumer demand for EVs is high, provided the proper distribution and infrastructure services are in place. The Even model quickly sold 100 cars and left an additional 200 orders unmet simply due to supply constraints. Overall, our biggest problem was sourcing enough EV products to meet demand.”

Gislason noted that the Province of Ontario alone has a target for EV sales of 5% by 2020, translating to 14,000 cars per year at that time. There are now just 7,000 electric vehicles in Ontario. EVoCharge for EVSE.

Even Electric, the group has formed an added strategic partnership with Los Angeles-based EVoCharge for EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment. EVoCharge charging infrastructure products include the EVoReel cable management line. Josh Kiewic is EVoCharge co-founder and CEO.

Even Electric will use software provided by Microsoft for back-end management.

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Source: Even Electric with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

ABB for 15-Second ‘Tosa’ Electric Bus

August 15, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Geneva Is Buying 12 Hess Buses & 20 Urban Charging Stations

ABB has disclosed orders worth more than $16 million by the transit agency in Geneva, and orders by the the Swiss bus manufacturer Hess, to provide ultra fast “flash charging” equipment for a dozen all-battery buses and 20 charging sites.

Texas Group Seeks EVSE Partnerships

August 9, 2016 in EVs, EVSE, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NCTCOG Goal Is a Team Effort on DoE Funding Opportunity

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is looking to form a partnership to respond to a U.S. Department of Energy funding opportunity for EVSE – electric vehicle supply equipment (EV chargers).

Phihong Offers Portable EV Charger

August 4, 2016 in EVs, EVSE, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ten-Kilowatt Unit Designed for Roadside EV Assistance

Taiwan-headquartered Phihong is promoting a new 10-kilowatt portable DC charger for roadside assistance for electric vehicles. The unit is mounted on four wheels for easy portability, and can provide 35 kilowatts of backup AC power.


Qualcomm & Lear Have WEVC License

July 27, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lear ‘to Develop, Make and Supply’ Using Qualcomm Halo Technology

Qualcomm and Lear Corp said this morning that they’ve entered into a license agreement for WEVC/wireless electric vehicle charging. Lear is to manufacture equipment to charge EVs inductively using Qualcomm Halo technology – no plugging-in.

Greenlots for Avista EVSE in Spokane

July 27, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pilot Project for 200-Plus Chargers in Eastern Washington
For ‘A Holistic View of Scaling EV Infrastructure Sustainably’

Greenlots is announcing today that it’s been selected by Spokane, Wash.-based Avista Utilities to help establish a grid-integrated electric vehicle charging program – paving the way for the utility to own and operate EV infrastructure in the eastern part of the state.

Federal $4.5 Billion for EVs and EVSE

July 22, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, investments, milestones, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Up to $4.5 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Charging,
Dozens of OEMs, Utilities, Government Groups Joining
Together to Support ‘An Unprecedented Set of Actions’

The Obama Administration is maintaining its support for electric vehicles with gusto, detailing yesterday a plan for as much as $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to support the commercial-scale deployment of innovative electric vehicle charging facilities.

SAE Issues Report on Wireless Charging

July 19, 2016 in EVs, EVSE, milestones, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Expects Standard on Wireless EV Charging Next Year
As TIR J2954 Said to Be ‘A Milestone Industry Guideline’

SAE International’s wireless electric vehicle charging task force is making increasingly rapid progress toward a standard for equipment to allow electric vehicles to charge inductively, with no need for plugs and cables. The WEVC standard, for which a TIR/technical information report has just been issued, carries SAE’s J2954 designation.

Evatran Plugless JV for WEVC in China

July 15, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Wireless EV Charging Could Be OEM-Available There Next Year

Virginia-based Evatran said yesterday that a new joint venture could make its “Plugless” wireless electric vehicle charging available from a China-based OEM in 2017. Evatran’s new JV is with Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology, a Tier 1 supplier of brake and other components in China.

Proterra Opens Its Patent Portfolio

June 28, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘This Industry Needs Open Platforms,’ Says VP Horton
As Firm Grants Access to Overhead Charging Technology

Proterra vowed today to let any bus manufacturer or operator use its overhead electric vehicle on-route fast-charging technology on a royalty-free basis. It’s “a significant move intended to accelerate widespread EV technology adoption and infrastructure development,” the company said.

EVgo Acquired by Vision Ridge Partners

June 21, 2016 in Companies, EVSE, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘EVgo Will Expand Its Charging Network Even Further’

Colorado’s Vision Ridge Partners said yesterday that it’s completed its acquisition of the electric vehicle charging network provider EVgo. “EVgo will now launch as an independent company, focused on expanding its charging network and leading more drivers to purchase and use electric vehicles nationwide,” states a release.

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