64,000 Public Charging Stations Installed Worldwide

Navigant research have published the Q3 edition of their Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Tracker report. In it they estimate that nearly 64,000 public charging stations have been installed worldwide.

“As public investments in charging infrastructure wane, the numerous companies that emerged in the market’s early stages and championed various technologies and business models are now beginning to consolidate and standardize,” says Scott Shepard, research analyst with Navigant Research. “While investment in EV charging equipment technology has been significant during the past few years, the private sector now needs to focus on financing infrastructure deployments in order for the market to continue to grow rapidly.”

Alternating current (AC) installations account for the vast majority of public charging station installations worldwide. AC charging, which is used in both residential and commercial applications, typically supplies capacities of up to 7.2 kilowatts (kW) and, in rare cases, up to 43 kW. Used in commercial applications, direct current (DC) installations typically supply from 20 kW to 50 kW, although some manufacturers have introduced units with power ratings of up to 100 kW.

See the promo page for the report on the Navigant website: Navigant Research (more…)

ABB receives CE marking – a first for EV fast-charging multi-standard solutions
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ABB receives CE marking – a first for EV fast-charging multi-standard solutions

The Terra 53 is the industry’s first CCS compatible DC fast charging station to pass independent European compliance testing.

ABB have announced that it has received CE marking approval for its 50 kilowatt (kW) Terra 53 CCS DC fast charging station for electric vehicles. The certification demonstrates compliance with the relevant European Union directives for safety.

ABB is the first supplier of CCS DC fast charging solutions to pass CE testing by an independent notified conformity assessment body. ABB’s Terra 53 systems are fully compliant with the requirements of the electromagnetic compatibility and low voltage directives, which were designed to ensure safety of electrical equipment and its users. The Terra 53 will also be available in dual and triple outlet configurations, serving all electric vehicles present on the European roads, supporting CCS, CHAdeMO and AC Type 2, Mode 3.

“To support the rollout of nationwide charging networks in Estonia, Denmark, Northern Ireland, The Netherlands and more to come, we’ve been relentlessly focused on adhering to industry-leading public standards of connectivity, quality and reliability. CE certification by an independent certification body is a clear recognition of our commitment to these principles and demonstrates the robustness and high level of safety of our new (more…)

Open Charge Alliance expands – aiming to standardise network communications for chargers

The Open Charge Alliance have issued a press release to announce that they will be re-naming and expanding their mission: welcoming existing and new members to support open standard networks for charging electric vehicles.

Now known as “Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) Forum”, the aim of the organisation is to develop interoperability standards, which in simple terms, is the way that charge points will communicate with a central hub – relaying information such as: boot notification, diagnostics status notification, heartbeat, meter values, start transaction, status notification stop transaction and more.

The standard makes use of Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP): a framework which makes it possible to send messages between components over the internet, which has already been standardised for similar applications, so can be simply rolled-out.

Standardising network communications will make it far easier for network operators and smart grid operators to manage networks, and also make it easier for integrators/aggregators to keep EV drivers updated with live charge point availability and location information, and to manage the billing process in the case of pay-per-use chargers.

See a list of the the current members: www.ocpp.nl/members
Visit the new website: www.ocpp.nl/

Read more from the (OCPP) Forum…

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Qualcomm Pushing for wireless charging standardisation

Qualcomm are pushing the case for standardization for electric and plug-in-hybrid vehicle charging.

The company developed an inductive charging for EVs called HALO, which has been trialled in the UK and is commercially available. The Qualcomm business model is built around licensing – investing up front in projects, such as Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging – and then licensing its technology to multiple companies.

It makes sense for a lot of the OEMs because it saves the upfront investment in the technology, however most OEMs don’t seem to have much of an issue investing in projects – building cars is a long-term business, and if the Qualcomm licensing isn’t deemed as cost effective as developing a new system, or the spec of the Halo system doesn’t suit the internal charge spec for the vehicle platform they are developing, then another standard will be born.

Qualcomm are well aware of this and are pushing for the standardisation and adoption as early as they can…

“We at Qualcomm believe that the electric vehicle industry needs to work towards a single open standard for wireless electric vehicle chargers…

…Standardization initiatives and industry associations in the EV industry are bringing together players from many different sectors such as energy generation, (more…)

Carbon composites bring many advantages for EVs, but at what cost?
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Carbon composites bring many advantages for EVs, but at what cost?

The BMW i3 electric car made a bit of a splash at the Frankfurt Auto Show last week, because it is highly innovative in a number of ways. One of the headline innovations is the Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) passenger compartment – a first use of carbon composite materials in the core structure of the body shell for a mass-market production vehicle.

But it comes at a cost. Using the UK pricing as an example, the i3 starts a £29,950 ($47,807 USD, €35,810 EUR) for the base model, although it will be eligible for Government subsidies such as the £5,000 ($7,981 USD, €5,978 EUR) grant in the UK.

Even with the subsidy that will make it £7,440 ($11,876 USD, €8,896 EUR) more expensive than the entry level 1-series, and a staggering £13,081 ($20,880 USD, 15,641 EUR) more than the similarly sized BMW mini, for a car with less than a 100 mile (161km) range.

How much of that price difference is down to the composites used in the body?

It’s hard to do more than speculate with the data I have, but I’m going to attempt some un-educated guesswork: Carbon fibre costs between 20 and 80 USD/Kg depending on quality. Carbon Fibre composites (more…)

All 3073 (and counting) CHAdeMO charging stations in a google map. Combo not included

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The charging standards organisation CHAdeMO have published a handy google map showing all 3073 (and counting) of CHAdeMO’s DC Quick chargers installed globally.

Obviously they have a head-start on the SAE Combo standard. But by the look of things that wont make much difference as the European and US manufacturers are not only forging ahead with COMBO, but seem to be intent on blocking progression with the Japanese backed CHAdeMO – the well publicized statement by Shad Balch, GM’s manager of environment and energy policy, where he called for the boycott of CHAdeMO chargers.

The the European Parliament had apparently signaled that it will only support CHEdeMO charging connectors being installed until the end of 2018. Obviously CHEdeMO are fighting that with support from the UK MEP Fiona Hall who issued a statement on her website where she “quashed industry rumours that the CHAdeMO quick chargers widely installed across the UK and Europe will be banned under draft European legislation”.

CHAdeMO’s are clearly signaling for a push for dual charging – in CHAdeMO’s Tomoko Blech’s article “Navigating the charging business” he states…

“With a new group of (more…)