Valeo acquires the Electric Vehicle charger business from Eltek

Eltek is a Norwegian power electronics company that services a number of markets and industries, and developed an onboard charge solutions business for electric vehicles.

Valeo is a specialist supplier for the automotive industry.

Statment from Eltek:

Eltek today announced that it has signed an agreement whereby it will sell its activities within chargers to electric vehicles to Valeo, a global supplier of components for the automotive industry.

“While we see potential in the automotive industry the automotive business is not in our core business. It is our opinion that this transaction is beneficial to Eltek since it allows us to focus on opportunities that are more closely related to our traditional market in the telecom industry, industrial applications and data centers. With Valeo’s experience and knowhow in the automotive industry, we believe they can offer the e-vehicle charger business much greater potential for growth,” said Morten Schøyen, chief marketing officer at Eltek.

Eltek and Valeo have co-operated within the automotive space prior to the announced transaction. Both companies believe that customers will be well served by the new arrangement. The responsibility for the 16 employees in Eltek E-Vehicles will be transferred to Valeo. A separate location has been identified close to the (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…

The Open Charge Alliance, a global (more…)

ABB wins contract to build world’s largest nationwide network of EV fast-charging stations
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ABB wins contract to build world’s largest nationwide network of EV fast-charging stations

ABB has won the contract for nationwide electric vehicle fast-charging infrastructure in the Netherlands bringing a charging station within 50 kms of all 16.7 million inhabitants.

The charge equipment manufacturer has been selected by Fastned to supply chargers to more than 200 electric vehicle fast-charging stations in the Netherlands, bringing an EV fast charger within 50 kilometers of all of the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants.

Each of the more than 200 Fastned stations along Dutch highways will be equipped with several multi-standards fast chargers, such as the 50 kilowatt (kW) Terra 52 and Terra 53 models, capable of charging electric vehicles in 15-30 minutes. The first ABB Terra fast chargers are due to be delivered in September 2013. Construction of the Fastned stations, which will have solar canopies, is expected to be completed by 2015.

To date, the Netherlands is the most populous country to roll out a nationwide fast-charging network. Fast-chargers will be located a maximum of 50 kilometers apart along all highways, and because of ABB’s multi-standard design, the network will be capable of serving EVs offered by all major car brands from Europe, Asia and the USA. ABB’s open standards-based cloud connectivity solution allows Fastned to create a (more…)

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…)

Standalone Solar Charging Station Requires No Foundation, Trenching, Building Permit, Grid Connection
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Standalone Solar Charging Station Requires No Foundation, Trenching, Building Permit, Grid Connection

Handy bit of hardware…

Envision Solar Debuts EV ARCtm at the Charging Infrastructure Expo in Detroit, USA

EV ARC Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Charger; Standalone Solar Charging Station Requires No Foundation, Trenching, Building Permit, Grid Connection.

Envision Solar International, Inc., a leading sustainable infrastructure product and media platform designer and developer, announced today that it is debuting the world’s first fully autonomous, fully mobile, fully renewable Electric Vehicle Charging station, the EV ARCtm, at the Charging Infrastructure Show.

The EV ARCtm is a cost-effective, easy-to-install, standalone solar charging station that requires no foundation, no trenching, no building permit and no grid connection.

Leaders in the automotive industry, business leaders, technical experts, consultants and R&D professionals will attend the Charging Infrastructure Expo, all looking for the latest product innovations. EV ARCtm is the world’s first and only fully renewable, autonomous and transportable EV Charging station, which is delivered to the customer’s premise ready to operate. It is expected to be a centerpiece for innovation at the show.

“We are delighted to be debuting the EV ARC at this show in Detroit, the automotive center of the world,” said Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO of Envision Solar. “All major manufacturers are offering EVs and as our (more…)