Utility PG&E to test price signals, load management strategies in EV charging program

Excerpt from Utility Dive, April 2018 As Pacific Gas & Electric begins to roll out electric vehicle charging stations, the utility is focused on how to manage that demand efficiently. On UtilityDive.com by Robert Walton@TeamWetDog, 4 Apr 2018 For the last few years, the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities have been rolling out plans, pilots and ports in their bid to …

V2X: New project trials EV to building energy storage

 Apr 03, 2018  Priyanka Shrestha on Energy Live News  Image: Shutterstock A new project is trialling the use of electric vehicle (EV) batteries as energy storage for office buildings. ENGIE, Hitachi Europe and Mitsubishi Motors linked the first “vehicle to everything” (V2X) charger to the French utility’s office building in the Dutch city of Zaandam. Hitachi’s V2X charger can not only recharge EVs but also discharge the energy …

Why Is Vehicle-to-Grid Taking So Long to Happen?

One analyst: “It’s not a slam-dunk.” JASON DEIGN MARCH 19, 2018, GTM media Using electric vehicles for grid services isn’t easy. The U.K. launched a major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) study last month. But it could still be a long time before the technology goes mainstream. “V2G projects often get stuck in pilot,” admitted Simon Daniel, CEO of energy storage firm Moixa Energy, …

Exercise and community centers: Reebok’s vision for “recycling” gas stations

March 24th, 2018 by Matt Pressman, Originally published on EVANNEX. The way we think about gas stations is about to change. As the world transitions to electric vehicles, the sneakerheads at Reebok have completely reimagined the gas pump experience altogether. Reebok announces that, “more cars are relying on electricity instead of gasoline for energy. … So what do you do with all of those perfectly-placed fuel stations in every community? Turn them …

Reasons Why the Tesla Semi Is So Popular With Food & Beverage Companies

March 24th, 2018, Originally posted on EVANNEX, by Charles Morris A number of companies around the world have placed pre-orders for the Tesla Semi, and a preponderance of those orders seem to be coming from purveyors of food and beverages. PepsiCo has ordered 100, Anheuser-Busch has ordered 40, restaurant supplier Sysco is taking 50, and Canadian grocery chain Loblaw’s wants 25. Why is this …

Utility Proposes Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot, But Will Anyone Opt In For No Benefit?

March 15th, 2018 by John Farrell  Originally published at ilsr.org. Electric vehicles sales have been surging, with every quarter of 2016 showing the highest sales yet in the United States. Electric utilities see an opportunity to sell more electricity. Renewable energy advocates dream of using car batteries to store energy from wind that blows most fiercely at night, or from the noonday sun. …

Salt Lake City removes EV charging fees to encourage use

By Katie Pyzyk. March 7, 2018, first Published on Electric vehicle (EV) owners in Salt Lake City can now get a free charge, thanks to the city’s repeal of user fees at its EV charging ports. The move is an effort to encourage residents to use the stations and purchase EVs. Since the installation of 28 charging stations a year ago, customers had …

Down the road, 70-90 percent of all driver fueling will be done either at home or work

Clean Technica, March 11th, 2018 by Jake Richardson. Also Frito-Lay and FedEx are piloting electric vehicle trucks. UPS recently announced its plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks on urban routes across the country. These trucks will help to make its fleet cleaner and quieter and are another step toward large-scale industry adoption of EV fleets. Cities such as Chicago, Palo Alto, and …

EVs can help the grid and flatten demand with time of use incentives

By Dan Murtaugh  and Mark Chediak, Bloomburg February 25, 2018 Electric cars won’t tax grid if they charge at off-peak times Adding EVs to peak power demand reduces environmental benefits It’ll take more than just driving an electric vehicle to save the environment. You’ll have to charge it at the right time, too. Put simply, if the world’s drivers plug in an …

Car industry, not lack of charging, ‘holding back electric car market’

By Adam Vaughan, The Guardian, Tue 27 Feb 2018   Two electric cars are topped up in Glasgow. In Scotland the average driver is three miles from a point. Photograph: Kenny Williamson/Alamy The rise of electric cars in Europe is being hampered by a lack of models for consumers to choose from rather than a lack of public recharging points, according to energy companies and …