The Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA), a coalition of electric vehicle charging organizations and companies, is coming down hard on Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for a recently submitted proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). According to EVCA, the $654 million proposal to build 25,100 electric vehicle charging stations in PG&E territory asks for too broad a control over EV charging that will cost ratepayers, inhibit innovation, and limit customer choice. The CPUC has shut down the proposal.
The electric power industry expects a 400% growth in annual sales of plug-in electric vehicles by 2023, which may substantially increase electricity usage and peak demand in high adoption areas. Understanding customer charging patterns can help utilities anticipate future infrastructure changes that will be needed to handle large vehicle charging loads. Under OE’s Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program, six utilities evaluated operations and customer charging behaviors for in-home and public electric vehicle charging stations.
Through its Shared Investment Program, NV Energy has made great strides in promoting electric vehicles (EV), according to a new report issued by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). The utility developed its Shared Investment Program to improve range confidence and provided $500,000 to for new electric vehicle charging stations around the state — all funded as the result of customer demand and set up independent of any regulatory requirements.
Maryland will soon be installing a statewide network of “level 3? fast-charge electric vehicle charging stations along major highways, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Thursday.
Maryland would be among the first eastern U.S. states to introduce level 3 stations — which can give electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids an 80 percent charge in less than 30 minutes — to highways, according to a news release.
NASCAR has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, the motorsports sanctioning body announced Thursday at a meeting in Charlotte, N.C. with DOE officials and representatives from Sprint, who also joined the challenge and sponsor NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.
The challenge’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging stations to help make plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles more affordable and convenient.
renewz sustainable solutions inc. of Montreal, Canada, developer of solar powered carport and electric vehicle charging stations, and PowerStream Inc. of Toronto, Canada, Ontario’s foremost renewable energy portfolio utility company, announce the launch of their first joint Micro Grid project located at the headquarters of PowerStream, in Vaughan, Ontario.
“Micro Grid technology is an innovative distributed power solution that will provide consumers with safe, sustainable and reliable energy choices for both generation and consumption.” said Brian Bentz, President and CEO at PowerStream. “We believe that solar carports, combined with electric vehicle charging stations, provide the optimal clean energy components of such systems. Judging by the results we see today at our head office, we are pleased with our choice of renewz as our solar carport project partner.”
More Ford employees soon will be able to drive to work entirely on electricity, thanks to a new workplace charging network being installed at nearly every Ford facility in the U.S. and Canada.
Ford plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at more than 50 of its company offices, product development campuses and manufacturing facilities. Installation will begin later this year and roll out across company facilities throughout 2014.
New research from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), in conjunction with the Pecan Street Research Institute, will test technology that can measure in-home electricity consumption down to the individual circuit and appliance level.
SDG&E’s Civita master-planned Mission Valley “Smart Community” project will be the site of this research where technology, including solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, fuel cell generation, battery storage and enhanced energy management tools, is being implemented.
If you’re one of the environmentally-friendly city residents who is driving an electric car around the streets of Salem, you now have a few new places to park and charge up.
The city of Salem recently announced the completion of the installation of eight electric vehicle charging stations in the Museum Place and South Harbor parking garages.
Connecticut is seeking to more than double the number of electric vehicle charging stations by the end of the year, the state’s top environmental and transportation officials said Tuesday.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation are making $200,000 available to install charging stations. Funding will be awarded to proposals that provide the most matching money, are most accessible to the public and place charging stations in geographically diverse areas.