Tying an electric charger into Cisco's home energy-management network will let EV drivers tap into cheaper off-peak rates without the need for a smart meter.
Victorian government in Australia is asking residents to volunteer for Blink Level 2 EV chargers in homes as part of a province-wide study.
The Blink line of charging stations for commercial services and home use will have cellular-network capability, as well as LAN, Wi-Fi, and ZigBee.
Electric-charging station manufacturer tells investors that it's been approached by almost every major auto manufacturer.
Electric vehicles equipped with fast-charging capability are headed to production and will be on the road next year. Will Ecotality's charging stations soon be set up at malls and gas stations?
GE's WattStation EV charger will become the recommended charger for Coda's all-electric sedans, which are just starting production and will compete with the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus.
Electric vehicles equipped with fast-charging capability are headed to production and will be on the road next year. All that's needed to reduce the charging time for these cars from hours to minutes are Level 3 440-volt fast-charging stations. But to date, none are public. Ecotality, a clean technology company in Scottsdale, Arizona, wants to fill that void. Ecotality designs and sells these rapid rechargers for $15,00-$35,000, depending on the structure requirements, mostly to warehouses and airports for fleet vehicles. But drivers may soon be charging up at these stations in shopping malls and gas stations in the near future. Ecotality spokesman Colin Read said that these charging stations will help extend the range of all-electric vehicles and ease consumer anxiety of getting stuck on the road with a dead battery.
Customers who sign up will receive a $2,500 rebate to charge up their Leaf vehicles at charging stations around the state.
Car2Go is bringing 300 all-electric Smart ForTwos to San Diego. Members of the car-sharing program can rent these EVs by the day, hour, or minute, but with an 84-mile range, they won't be going very far.
As electric vehicles come to market, the auto and utility industries are experimenting with new business models to clear the way for the technology.