By Jim Motavalli ·
October 22, 2013

Vehicle to Grid: Slow Growth and a Small Market Even in 2022

Navigant Research says that regulated utilities are closed markets unlikely to take advantage of the load-leveling solution that V2G offers. And half the states are still regulated.

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By David Herron ·
October 21, 2013

What Financing Could Mean for Public Electric Car Charging

EV Charging Station financing plans and support offered by ChargePoint, Nissan and Fuji Electric, are coming at a time when government grants may be drying up.

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By David Herron ·
October 18, 2013

The Expanding Role of Electric Cars in Managing the Grid

The killer app in the EV movement might not be the vehicles themselves—but how they can play a crucial role in a smart electrical grid. A session focusing on “Demand Response” at this week’s VERGE SF conference, revealed how key players, such as Ford, Greenlots and EPRI, see the intersection of electric vehicles and smart grid technologies. The offshoot might mean that electric car owners could earn money, rather than pay money, for electric fuel.

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By David Herron ·
October 15, 2013

ChargePoint Offers Blink Sites Up to $2,200 To Switch

ChargePoint hasn’t wasted any time trying to exploit the bankruptcy of Ecotality's Blink network. The company is offering—through its partner, National Car Charging—up to a $2,200 trade-in credit for any Blink commercial host site that switches to ChargePoint.

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By Zach McDonald ·
October 10, 2013

CarCharging Group Announces Acquisition of Ecotality’s Blink Network

A winner has emerged as in the auction for the rights to Ecotality’s assets following the defunct company’s bankruptcy filing last month. CarCharging Group is a publicly traded company based in Miami, Fla. with a network of at least 1,000 public chargers. Last year, the company acquired another failed charge provider, 350Green, and Ecotality will make the fourth such acquisition of a competitor undertaken by the company since its founding.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 10, 2013

Designer Charging: Colorful "Skins" for GE's WattStation

It's inevitable that chargers will become like cellphones and tablets, part of everyday American life. The WattStation may be the first charger to be "personalized," but it probably won't be the last.

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By Zach McDonald ·
October 09, 2013

Ecotality Auction Begins with Thousands of EV Chargers in the Balance

Plug-in vehicle charge provider Ecotality opened its bankruptcy auction yesterday, three weeks after formally filing for Chapter 11 protection. On Monday, the company was denied its request to delay the auction until next week. The process is now scheduled to end today, October 9, when a judge is expected to declare the winner of the auction. The fates of 13,000 plug-in vehicle chargers hang in the balance.

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By David Herron ·
September 27, 2013

Why We Need Open Charge Protocols for Electric Cars in the U.S.

The Open Charge Alliance (OCA) this week launched a global standards initiative in the electric vehicle charging industry. The organization, which replaces an existing organization, the OCPP Steering Group, is a global consortium of electric vehicle charging infrastructure companies. It is aiming to solve the problem of electric car owners having to maintain memberships with multiple charging networks; as well as the limitations that closed proprietary networks place on the expansion of EV charging infrastructure. The OCA's solution is to create open standards for all charging station networks.

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By Zach McDonald ·
September 17, 2013

Ecotality Announces Bankruptcy, Gets $1.2M in Help from Nissan

After months of speculation, electric vehicle charging firm ECOtality froze trading of its stock ahead of an official bankruptcy announcement today. The filing took place yesterday and warns investors that “common stock will have very little or no value given the amount of the Company’s liabilities compared to its assets.” The major question for EV owners and advocates is what will happen to the vital (though currently unprofitable) Blink Network.

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By David Herron ·
September 12, 2013

California Set to Enact Laws To Improve Access for Electric Car Charging

A pair of laws currently on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk could greatly improve electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the state. California AB1092 require changes in the building code so that new multi-family dwellings are required to wire for electric car charging infrastructure, and SB454, the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open Access Act, would simplify access to EV charging stations.

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