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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

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

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

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.

CEC $22 Million for EV Charging, NGVIP

April 19, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly $9 Million on EV-Supporting Infrastructure on Major Routes
As $12.6 Million Is Approved for Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project

The California Energy Commission has approved some $22 million to support the purchase of natural gas vehicles in the state and to install electric vehicle charging equipment along major routes.

Georgia Power Adds, Plans EV Charging

October 2, 2015 in EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Equipment from Efacec with ChargePoint Networking

Georgia Power has opened 11 new public electric vehicle charging islands at utility properties across the state. They mark the completion of the first phase of planned charging infrastructure being developed by the company which will include approximately 61 community charging islands for public use statewide by the end of 2016.

ChargePoint Taps Australia’s Tritium

March 27, 2015 in Companies, EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firms Join Forces for Networked DC Fast-Charging in the U.S.

California-based ChargePoint and Melbourne, Australia-based Tritium have disclosed a partnership whereby Tritium will supply its Veefil brand DC fast chargers for networked electric vehicle charging installations across the U.S.

It’s the first U.S. contract for Tritium, states a release.

ChargePoint is to install ‘Veefil’ DC fast chargers from Australia’s Tritium in the U.S.

ChargePoint is to install ‘Veefil’ DC fast chargers from Australia’s Tritium in the U.S.

The liquid-cooled Tritium fast-charge units have a power output of 50 kilowatts, sufficient to provide up to 80 miles or 128 kilometers worth of electricity in just 20 minutes via SAE-Combo connector or CHAdeMO connectors. Tesla drivers will be able to use the CHAdeMO connector with an adapter slated to go on sale shortly, the companies say.

“ChargePoint approached us because it was attracted by both the design and unique technology of the Veefil, plus the fact that it is extremely simple for the EV owner to use,” Tritium CEO David Finn says in the collaboration announcement.

Quick Deployment

“We were looking for a strong partner in the U.S. which had excellent distribution and an established network throughout the country,” he said. “I’m excited by the rate and high volume at which ChargePoint will be able to deploy our product into this market and its commitment to establishing a major network of DC fast chargers.”

The Tritium units will be installed on major routes across the country and will be part of a ChargePoint network of more than 21,000 EV charging stations, ChargePoint says, noting that it recently partnered with Volkswagen and BMW to build express charging corridors on both the east and west coasts of the U.S. (F&F, January 23).

TritiumVeefil-logo“The stations will be ChargePoint-branded, clearly marked as DC Fast stations, and the connectors will be labeled so drivers know which is compatible with their car,” ChargePoint says.

‘Drivers Can Depend on An EV as Their Only Vehicle’

“These stations can be used by any EV equipped with fast charging and will be installed in convenient locations where drivers need them most,” said ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano. “With access to fast charging stations along major routes, drivers can depend on an EV as their only vehicle.”

Exclusive liquid cooling allows “robust charging over a wide range of environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity and corrosive conditions – increasing reliability and reducing maintenance,” says the ChargePoint-Tritium release.

The Veefil charger is further said to have the smallest footprint and lowest weight of all 50-kilowatt DC fast chargers, increasing location options and reducing shipping and installation costs. The unit weighs just 364 pounds (165 kilograms) and boasts polycarbonate-and-aluminum construction.

Paul Sernia is Tritium commercial director.

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Source: Tritium via ChargePoint with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

EVs? It’s Not Only California

March 2, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

But U.S. West Coast Remains Strongest Market for EV Chargers

The San Francisco Bay Area (including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose) leads the U.S. among electric vehicle-friendly areas, followed by Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego and Honolulu, says networked charger supplier ChargePoint, which released a new top-ten list this morning.

PG&E Proposes Huge EV Charger Network

February 9, 2015 in EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Utility Would Install 25,000 Level II Stations, Starting in 2017

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric has disclosed plans to deploy 25,000 Level II electric vehicle chargers, plus 100 DC fast chargers, as part of a five-year, roughly $650 million ratepayer-backed program commencing in 2017. updated February 11

San Francisco-based PG&E wants to install 25,000 Level II chargers across its northern California service area.

San Francisco-based PG&E wants to install 25,000 Level II chargers across its northern California service area.

The utility’s stated goal is to help boost the number of EV drivers and thus help California meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

PG&E filed an application for the initiative with the California Public Utilities Commission this morning. PG&E hopes for a “speedy approval,” allowing it to commence the installation of chargers in 2017 and continue for five years.

‘Inputs From All Market Players’

“We plan on going through a competitive process and soliciting inputs from all market players,” PG&E electric vehicles director James Ellis told reporters. A solicitation will likely appear next year.

The 25,000 chargers will account for an estimated quarter of the estimated 100,000 units needed to support the state’s GHG reduction plan by 2020, PG&E says. “We’re leaving the rest of the 75% to other market companies,” Ellis said.

The program would increase the number of chargers in the PG&E service area eight-fold.

Costs to ‘Be Shared By All Electric Customers’

According to the CPUC filing, “PG&E estimates that it will incur capital costs of $551 million and operating expenses of $103 million over the approximate five-year term of its EV program. PG&E requests that the Commission authorize PG&E to collect an annual revenue requirement to recover these costs. The peak revenue requirement is projected to be $103 million in 2020.”

“The cost of PG&E’s plan, if approved, would be shared by all electric customers as a contribution to helping the state meet its clean air and climate goals,” states the Monday announcement.

Click image for PG&E summary of its proposed EV charger build-out, and a video.

Click image for PG&E summary of its proposed EV charger build-out, and a video.

‘A Vital Step’

“We want to be able to drive the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles,” said Laurie Giammona, senior VP and chief customer officer. “Electric vehicles are a vital step toward a more secure energy future.”

“We have to get many many many more vehicles on the market,” said Ellis. “It’s going to take some investment and it’s going to take everyone working together.”

The new chargers, PG&E says are to be located at commercial and public locations, including multi-family dwellings, retail centers, and workplaces. Approximately 10% would be installed to support disadvantaged communities. PG&E further pledges to provide tools and educational materials for site hosts and customers to learn about the benefits of electric vehicles.

‘No Cost to the Site Host’

The new chargers are to be provided “at no cost to the site host.

“PG&E proposes to own all of the infrastructure, but contract with third parties to build, install and maintain the chargers and manage customer billing,” states the program announcement. A service provider would buy the electricity at a commercial rate and sell it to EV drivers making use of the PG&E network. Prices are likely to vary according to time of day, but will be the same across the network.

The utility further notes that more than 60,000 plug-in electric vehicles are currently registered in its service area, representing more than a fifth of all EVs in the United States.

Effect on Rates

All of the 25,000 stations PG&E proposes to build would have Level 2 chargers, which provide up to 25 miles of range for every hour of charging. To support travel between metropolitan areas, PG&E would also install 100 DC fast chargers, which can recharge an EV’s battery in only 30 minutes.

PG&E wants to make it easier for drivers of such cars as this Nissan Leaf in San Francisco to charge.

PG&E wants to make it easier for drivers of cars such as this Nissan Leaf in San Francisco to charge.

“The total impact on system average bundled rates would be minimal in 2016 and 2017 and would average only a tenth of a cent per kilowatt-hour over the next five years of the program,” PG&E says. “A typical residential customer would pay about 70 cents more per month over the period 2018 to 2022.”

PG&E says that it’s “a strong supporter of transportation electrification for a cleaner environment,” with “more than 1,200 electric-base vehicles in its fleet.”

ChargePoint Disagrees, Strongly

ChargePoint, which recently won a major contact for an EV charger network with Kansas City Power & Light (F&F, January 26), blasted the PG&E plan.

“ChargePoint has been successful because it supports flexibility for the site owner to decide what pricing and features are best for them to attract the EV driving public,” CEO Pasquale Romano said in a release. “ChargePoint prides itself in providing the features required by EV drivers for a seamless driving and charging experience.”

Utilities, ChargePoint maintains, should limit themselves to installing needed infrastructure.

“PG&E’s proposal will hamper the industry, is bad for ratepayers, bad for EV drivers and bad for California’s emissions reduction goals,” Romano said.

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Source: Pacific Gas & Electric with Fleets & Fuels follow-up




ChargePoint for EV Fast-Charge Corridors

January 23, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Partnership with BMW and Volkswagen for Nearly 100 Units
Enabling ‘Express Charging Corridors on the East and West Coasts’

BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint unveiled plans at the Washington Auto Show to install nearly 100 DC fast chargers enabling express charging corridors for electric vehicles on the East and West Coasts.

ChargePoint’s New CT4000 Series

July 23, 2013 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Design Said to Cut Costs by Allowing More Connections Per Circuit

Campbell, Calif.-based ChargePoint is talking up its new CT4000 Series of networked electric vehicle chargers. The CT4000 is described as a “revolutionary new product” that reduces the cost of EV infrastructure.

Siemens EV Chargers for Austin

August 4, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ChargePoint Cellular Network Connectivity for City Fleet

Siemens is providing electric vehicle charging stations for city fleet vehicles in Austin, “part of a turnkey solution consisting of consulting services, hardware and software, installation and commissioning and post-installation support services.”

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