Charging Networks

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3 in Tesla assembly plant parking lot, Fremont, CA, November 2017

    Tesla V3 Supercharger hardware allows the Model 3 to be the fastest-charging electric car currently on the roads; but so far it's only in Fremont.

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV at public charging station
    GM plans its own nationwide charging network with Bechtel

    General Motors, the nation's biggest automaker, is teaming up with construction giant Bechtel to build thousands of chargers around the U.S. with the aim of promoting adoption of electric cars. The companies will form a joint venture to build the chargers in which Bechtel will provide its expertise...

  • 2019 Audi E-tron  -  first drive report  -  Calirornia, May 2019
    What matters most when fast-charging on a road trip? Take our Twitter poll

    In the rollout of the 2019 E-tron quattro SUV, Audi is making the claim that rated range might not be the most important thing on a road trip. The E-tron is rated at just 204 miles of estimated range, so the German automaker has some steep ground to gain versus Tesla. But it's made a case that...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace at EVgo charger
    EVgo fast-charge network commits to 100 percent renewable power

    If electric cars are supposed to clean up the environment and reduce global warming—and they are—EV drivers would like to rely on 100 percent renewable energy to do charge. And charging networks are striving to provide it. Many, including Tesla with its Supercharger stations, are...

  • Electrify America DC fast chargers in Gulfport, Mississippi
    Electrify America releases new pricing plans and mobile app

    A new debate is raging in the electric-car and charging communities: Whether electric-car drivers should pay for charging like gas, by the kilowatt-hour; or like parking, by the minute. Electrify America, which has been firmly in the latter camp, released new pricing plans last week that takes a...

  • EVgo curbside DC fast chargers at Southside Park, Sacramento, California [CREDIT: EVgo]
    EVgo launches first curbside fast chargers

    With wires running along almost every street in America where cars drive, putting EV chargers along the curb would seem a natural enough place to put them. While several other countries such as Britain have begun efforts to put charging stations on light poles, in America, chargers have been sited...

  • Tesla Semi

    Even as installations of fast and public chargers for electric cars have taken off, they have not kept pace with the number of new electric cars automakers have sold. Now states and utilities are trying to get ahead of a potential similar problem for trucks. Following on an earlier model for the West Coast Electric Highway, a network of electric-car chargers primarily on the I-5 corridor, a study released last Friday looked at how best to support a coming wave of electric semis and other commercial trucks delivering freight up and down the corridor. DON'T MISS: If electric semi tractors are...

  • EVgo 350-kw DC fast-charge station, Baker, Calif.
    Charging network EVgo goes tagless, tests battery buffers at stations

    Updated: This article has been updated to include the specific location of the first charger and detail from the event. At an event in Los Angeles on Monday, EVgo turned on the first DC fast charger in the nation that doesn't rely on RFID tags or even credit cards to be activated—other than...

  • BMW i.FE18 Formula E racer, Ad Diriyah 2018
    Kona Electric pricing, Ford charging software, Karma recall, EV racing: Today's Car News

    Hyundai quietly bumped up the price for a new Kona Electric, Ford used big data for better charging, and EV racing may have a future.

  • Ford Transit Custom plug-in van
    Ford develops software to target most effective places for public chargers

    Ford in the U.K. used big data to calculate the most convenient places for public charging, which could be used for fleet operators in the future.

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf with Greenlots fast charger by Dumpster at I-87 Modena travel plaza, Feb 2018
    One-step Plug&Charge coming to Greenlots stations

    No more RFID tags! A new "interoperability" standard is sweeping across the electric-car charging landscape in the U.S. After reaching the largest ChargePoint network last month, Hubject's Plug&Charge is now coming to Greenlots chargers, the companies announced last week. The technology will...

  • Electrify America DC fast chargers at San Francisco Premium Outlets, Livermore, California
    Electrify America adds city charging, fills in highways in second cycle

    Over the next 2-1/2 years, Electrify America plans to expand its network of DC fast chargers for electric cars to include more cities, as well as to finish more of its build-out along highways across the U.S. Electrify America is a division of VW founded to use money from Volkswagen's diesel...

  • Electrify America chargers at San Francisco Premium Outlets

    Electrify America has been billed as a charging network to compete with Tesla's Superchargers. Now it turns out, they may be partners as well. In an announcement on Monday, Electrify America said it would install Tesla stationary battery packs at 100 of its locations to balance power demand and reduce costs. DON'T MISS: Electrify America maps out charging network to rival Tesla Superchargers The problem comes when an electric car—or several—hooks up to a fast charger, especially during the day when electricity demand is already at a peak. Many, if not most, utilities will...

  • 2018 Tesla Model S and 2018 Tesla Model X
    VW buggy, Porsche 911 Hybrid, Shell chargers, Tesla profits: Today's Car News

    Tesla reported profits, and revealed new model lineups for its Model S and Model X—and another price cut. Volkswagen announced it will build a concept electric dune buggy for the Geneva auto show. Details of the upcoming Porsche 911 Hybrid have emerged. And Shell has bought its first charging...

  • Shell charging station in Britain (higher res)
    Shell acquisition of charging network Greenlots points to juice as the new gas

    Electric cars are getting the attention of oil companies. On Wednesday, one of the largest fast-charging networks in the U.S., Greenlots, announced that it had been bought by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell—via the subsidiary Shell New Energies US LLC. Greenlots supports mainly DC fast charge...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3
    Peak gas-engine, Nissan Leaf, Tesla sales, electric Cadillacs and Harleys: The Week in Reverse

    What company will sell and manage installation of home chargers for new Audi e-tron electric models? Which engines were involved in the latest diesel emissions settlement? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending Jan. 11, 2018...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV charging at EVgo station
    Socket to me: MyChevy app tells Bolt EV drivers where to charge

    Too many apps! That's one of the complaints electric car drivers have about charging electric cars. With the time it takes to charge one of the biggest complaints is mapping your way to a charger only to arrive and find it's occupied or out of service. Now General Motors has forged an agreement...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, 2020 Mini Cooper S E, more fuel-cell semis: Today's Car News

    Mini plans to revive its electric hatchback as a sporty electric model for the 60th anniversary of the original. New charging agreements aim to make charging easier and greener. And Toyota will build 10 more hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi-trucks for Los Angeles. All this and more on Green Car...

  • eMotorWerks JuiceBox wall mount charging Tesla Model X

    At first glance, a new business agreement between home charger manufacturer eMotorWerks and utility software provider LO3 Energy sounds strictly like the stuff of dull business contract lawyers. Dig a little deeper, though, and it could be the kernel of the next generation electrical system, long discussed, but never-quite-practical vehicle-to-grid infrastructure. As many electric-car drivers know, eMotorWerks builds networked JuiceBox home chargers, some faster than most others, that allow users to program them via the internet to start and stop charging as energy rates fluctuate. The boxes...

  • Chevrolet Bolt charging at Electrify America 350 kw charger at Home Depot in Chicopee, Mass.
    One-step Plug&Charge coming to (Electrify) America

    It's easy to plug in an electric car. What trips up many new electric-car drivers is paying to charge. At some charging stations, drivers pay by the kilowatt-hour. At others, they pay for the time they park their car in the space, or pay a base rate for parking plus a smaller amount for the charge...

  • Dodge flatbed blocking a Tesla Supercharger in Tennessee, fake charging [CREDIT: freckletan, Reddit]
    Pickup drivers target Tesla Superchargers in "ICEing" incidents

    People are jealous of things they can't (or don't) have. In a spate of incidents reminiscent of "rolling coal," truck drivers have begun seemingly intentionally blocking whole banks of Tesla Superchargers across parts of the South. Photos shared across Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit over the weekend...

  • Tesla Model X towing Bowlus Road Chief
    Porsche Taycan orders, electric towing, urban-charging reality check: The Week in Reverse

    Which upcoming electric car is already sold out for a year, before it even goes on sale? What company warned electric-car drivers that networked home chargers could be hacked and potentially damage electrical systems? This is our look back at the (short) Week In Reverse—right here at Green...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid charging at ChargePoint station, Santa Cruz, California, Dec 2017
    Chargepoint partners with Greenlots to expand access for drivers

    Forget five-minute fill-ups. What seems to drive many electric car drivers crazy is making sure the charger they find has the right connector, how fast the charger is (in kilowatts), and whether they have the right credentials to activate it. Without a single one of these parameters, you may not be...

  • Electrify America DC fast chargers at San Francisco Premium Outlets, Livermore, California
    California approves next Electrify America fast-charge rollout

    Electrify America's second round of electric-car charging installations has won approval from the California Air Resources Board. The company announced plans for its second round of public charging stations in October, including adding more California cities, helping rural residents install home...