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Maine moves forward with electric vehicle charging » “This infrastructure is going to be needed for decades to come”

David Thill » Energy News Network »

Tourism may be down now, but when travelers return to Maine with electric cars they’ll have more places to charge up.

The state has been moving forward on a three-phase initiative using its federal Volkswagen settlement funding to increase electric vehicle chargers in key locations, especially routes frequented by travelers from Canada as well as other New England states.

The first phase, which began in 2018 and will wrap up shortly, focuses on fast chargers that can recharge a battery in about half an hour. That overlapped with the second phase, in progress, focusing on Level 2 charging for drivers who can take more time to refill. The final phase will return to the fast charging network and extend it further, helping drivers reach coastal destinations like Acadia National Park.

Groupe Renault is launching Elexent, a new subsidiary to help companies find charging solutions for their fleets of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles

Elexent helps European clients – SMEs to large multinationals – by designing the best charging infrastructure to meet their needs, supervising installation and implementation, and overseeing operations and maintenance.

More » Elexent, Group Renault, electrive

UBC Okanagan engineers look at ways to power electric vehicles sustainably

UBC Okanagan News »

Despite the perception that electric vehicles are environmentally friendly, the reality is that most of the electricity used to power these vehicles is generated by fossil fuels, says Majid Moradzadeh, a doctoral student at UBCO’s School of Engineering.

“Renewable energy sources are currently a small part of the larger electricity generation system,” explains Moradzadeh. “Due to the variability of electricity output by these renewable sources, energy storage systems are vital to ensuring continuous power is available.”

In the first study of its type, Moradzedeh developed a comprehensive planning method specifically for fast-charging stations. The method considers a wide range of technical and operation features of renewable resources, energy storage systems and the electric vehicles’ charging demand. The goal is to create a fast-charging station at minimal optimum cost, while meeting its performance requirements.

25 Jaguar I-Pace will be used as taxis in Oslo to trial a new wireless charging system

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar is supporting the City of Oslo with the world’s first high-powered wireless taxis.

Momentum Dynamics is providing the wireless charging system for the Jaguars.

Fortum Recharge will be supporting the installation and electrification of the project.

The ElectriCity initiative will make the Norwegian capital the first city in the world with a fully automatic charging infrastructure model that can be implemented almost anywhere, this proof of concept could help the rapid adoption of electric vehicles globally.

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Hydro-Québec’s Electric Circuit selects AddEnergie to install one-hundred 100 kW chargers in Québec over the next 2 years

Hydro-Québec has again selected Québec company AddEnergie to supply and install one-hundred 100-kW DC fast-charge stations to the Electric Circuit, a Hydro-Québec subsidiary.

The installation will accelerated development of fast charging following the January 2019 announcement regarding the deployment of 1,600 fast-charge stations over 10 years.

This is the fifth Electric Circuit call for proposals to be won by AddEnergie. Since 2013, AddEnergie has supplied nearly 2,500 public charging stations to the Electric Circuit.

This latest roll out is timed to meet the growing number of electric vehicles able to charge at power levels exceeding 50 kW.

More » AddEnergie, Hydro-Québec

Apple Maps in iOS 14 will have EV routing to charging stations

Image Credit: TechCrunch screenshot from Apple

Image Credit: TechCrunch screenshot from Apple

Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch »

Maps on iOS 14 will track the user’s current charge and factor in things like elevation and whether to automatically add charging stops along your route, Apple senior director Stacey Lysik said Monday during WWDC 2020.

Apple said it’s working with a number of manufacturers to support easy routing in their vehicles, including BMW and Ford. Lysik said more manufacturers will be added in the near future. Ford confirmed it is working with Apple and didn’t provide any further details.

Apple Maps is also adding in a feature that lets users view congestion and green zones and pick alternate routes that avoid these areas, if needed.

More » Electrek, Car and Driver

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US utilities group proposes 1,300-mile West Coast Clean Transit Corridor with EV charging stations for electric freight haulers and delivery trucks every 50-miles along Interstate 5 from Canada to Mexico

Michael Strong / The Detroit Bureau »

Nine electric utilities and two agencies representing more than two dozen municipal utilities in California, Oregon and Seattle have come up with a plan to add electric vehicle charging for freight haulers and delivery trucks at 50-mile intervals along Interstate 5 and adjoining highways.

This more than 1,300-mile stretch of interstate from Mexico to Canada has been dubbed the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor, and all of the stake holders rolled out a new study showing just what they want to do to make it happen.

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The number of public EV charging points in the UK now three times the number of petrol stations

In it’s quarterly statistical release on publicly available electric vehicle charging devices, the UK Government Dept of Transportation findings show »

  • At 1 April 2020, there were 17,947 public electric vehicle charging devices available in the UK.
    • Of these, 3,107 were rapid devices.
  • Since 2015, the number of public charging devices has grown by 402%, with a 61% increase from 2018 to 2019.
    • Rapid charging devices have also grown quickly, increasing by 355% since 2015.
  • In the first three months of 2020, 1,436 more devices were available in total, increasing by 9%.
    • Rapid devices also increased by 283, up 10% on the previous quarter.

James Fossdyke / Motor1 »

In comparison, the country currently boasts just over 8,000 petrol stations, according to figures from the UK Petroleum Industry Association. The news comes less than 12 months after it was revealed that the number of charging points had overtaken petrol stations for the first time, highlighting the speed at which EV infrastructure has been introduced.

Chris Randall / electrive »

To note: the UK’s number of charging stations surpassed their fuel stations last summer.

More » UK Dept of Transportation (pdf)

Mercedes-Benz EV charging service now integrated with BP Chargemaster’s Polar network

Mercedes-Benz UK »

Mercedes-Benz EQC customers now can enjoy integrated access to the UK’s largest public electric vehicle charging network. Polar, operated by BP Chargemaster, is now available along with other charging networks, through one optional subscription, via Mercedes me Charge.

A three-year subscription to Mercedes me Charge comes as standard with the EQC, and due to the unique cooperation between Mercedes-Benz Cars UK and BP Chargemaster, Mercedes me Charge customers in the UK can upgrade their basic plan to have access to a Polar Plus membership (6 months subscription free). This membership provides the driver with a lower cost electricity tariff than on the basic option.

Carrie Hampel / electrive »

This gives British customers access to the network on a single subscription. BP Chargemaster will also install private and business charging points for Mercedes customers.

BP Chargemaster will install home charging wall boxes, workplace charge points for fleets and businesses and charging infrastructure at Mercedes-Benz retail sites. This includes Smart home charge units, which allows customers to take advantage of dynamic energy tariffs. PB Chargemaster will also install workplace charge points to provide visibility of charging across electric vehicle fleets.

More » Electric Cars Report, Motor1


UK EV charge infrastructure set for rapid 29% annual growth through 2030

James S Murray / Business Green »

The UK’s fast-expanding electric vehicle (EV) charger market is set to continue its bull run, despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis.

That is the conclusion of a new analysis released yesterday by energy market research firm Delta-EE, which predicts the market will see 29 per cent year-on-year growth in charge point sales through to 2030, even as new vehicle sales slow.

Renewable Energy World »

“We expect a significant drop in new vehicle sales in 2020 due to COVID-19 – as much as a 30% reduction. But we believe charge point installations will continue to grow across all segments, backed by renewed government funding. As we know, availability of charge points is one of the key barriers to widespread EV adoption,” said John Murray, Head of EVs at Delta-EE.

Yet the research reveals the share of charge points installed in public locations versus home and workplaces will stay relatively level, with rapid chargers still accounting for less than 2% of on-street chargers, by 2030.

Rapid chargers in destination locations such as shopping malls and hotels will move from a market share of 18% today to 6% in 2030 due to expected growth in the number of slower chargers, says the company.

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