USA: Fuji Electric to Offer Financing Program for Charging Stations

Fuji Electric Corp. of America announced that they have partnered with Union Bank and Marlin Leasing Corp. to offer their customers convenient Financing Programs on their DC Quick Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles. The program offers Zero-Down, Zero-Interest financing in an effort to offset the cost of equipment and encourage small businesses to install charging stations at their sites.

“We firmly believe that the development of charging infrastructure in the US, particularly publicly available quick charging, is a critical factor in the mass adoption of EVs,” said Larry Butkovich, Fuji Electric’s General Manager for EV Systems. “Drivers need reassurance that they will be able to access charging stations while on the road, and our Financing Program gives businesses the assistance they need to make a business case for the installation of these Quick Charging Stations.”

Fuji Electric’s UL-Certified 25kW DC Quick Charging Station provides a complete charge to EVs in under an hour, making it ideal for commercial applications such as hotels, restaurants, retail stores, and public highways/interstates. With over 400 units deployed worldwide, the global manufacturer entered the US market in March 2012, and immediately recognized the hesitation among businesses to invest in this technology. Butkovich adds, “Whether we are working (more…)

Billing company Orga joins Germany’s “SMART EM” e-Mobility infrastructure project

The SMART EM project is designed to look at business and market models and infrastructures that will enable sustainable and viable electric mobility. The core of the analysis focuses on the individual, in particular the impact of technological developments and dynamic pricing systems around user behavior. The research will define market and business models, as well as the design and prototype implementation of the software components of an intelligent charging, network and ICT infrastructure.

The Consortium is now made up of…

University of Paderborn – Academic research
Orga Systems GmbH – Billing systems and software implimentation
E.ON Westfalen Weser AG – User and network data
Morpho Cards GmbH – infrastructure and data
UNITY – Management Consultancy

The full press release from Orga Systems…

Orga Systems takes part in prestigious research program on e-Mobility
Paderborn consortium from science and industry explores electric vehicles’ future opportunities

Paderborn (Germany), 24 September 2013 – Orga Systems, a leading software vendor for real-time charging and billing solutions, with an international customer base in the telecommunications, utilities and automotive markets, is a research partner of the project SMART EM. In cooperation with strong players such as energy supplier Westfalen Weser Netz (former E.ON Westfalen Weser) and (more…)

US utility Edison: Only 1% of grid upgrade needed due to EVs
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US utility Edison: Only 1% of grid upgrade needed due to EVs

According to Southern California Edison’s recent “Charged up” report (key learnings about electric vehicles, customers and grid reliability); Only 1% of grid upgrade work was required due to additional demands EVs.

OK it’s just one report from one Utility and there are plenty of caveats, but it’s no surprise that the fears about the grids not being able to handle EVs has been, and continues to be over-stated.

“Since 2010, of all the nearly 400 upgrades we made to (or identified for) circuits that serve PEV customers, only 1 percent of that work was required due to additional power demands from PEVs. The rest of the work was required under our regular infrastructure upgrade and maintenance schedule.”

And their findings RE usage in the USA mirror those from a recent EU report on driving habits (download the EU report here), which support the view that “range anxiety” (consumer concern/objection that EVs are impractical due to a limited range), is less of an issue than it is given credit by many EV skeptics – current tech EVs have range enough for most people to use for the vast majority of their needs.

“Studies show that about 70 percent of PEV owners commute 40 miles (more…)