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Bombardier Begins Operation of the First Inductive High Power Charging Station for PRIMOVE Electric Buses

September 10, 2013 in Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News

  • Milestone for practical implementation of the PRIMOVE e-mobility solution
  • World’s first inductive charging pad for 200 kW in the public area
  • Wireless charging solution for electric trams, buses and cars breaks new ground in clean, flexible and convenient urban transport
PRIMOVE bus at Mannheim bus depot  Courtesy of Bombardier

PRIMOVE bus at Mannheim bus depot
Courtesy of Bombardier

At a world premiere in Braunschweig, Germany, Bombardier Transportation launched the first high power inductive charging station for PRIMOVE electric buses together with the local transport operator Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG. In the presence of Rainer Bomba, State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, and Braunschweig’s Lord Mayor, Dr Gert Hoffmann, the PRIMOVE electric bus was charged in a real time demonstration via the world’s first inductive fast charging pad at Braunschweig main station.

From December this year, Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG in partnership with Bombardier will change the service on the inner-city circular bus line M19 over to clean electric operation. Passenger service will initially commence with a 12 metre long electric solo bus. Shortly afterwards, 18 metre articulated e-buses from the manufacturer Solaris will follow. This is a significant event as it marks the first time that electric buses will replace conventional buses.

The electric buses will each be equipped with the wireless PRIMOVE fast charging system and the new PRIMOVE high power batteries. Bombardier is at the forefront of innovation and the world’s first inductive charging system with an output of 200 kW will be used in Braunschweig to charge electric buses.

To ensure safe operation, Bombardier is working closely with TÜV SÜD, the organisation that audited the PRIMOVE wayside infrastructure and approved the PRIMOVE electric bus demonstrated today for passenger operation on public roads. The latter was already successfully tested in April over a four-week period during passenger service in Mannheim, Germany.

As the world’s leading rail technology provider, Bombardier has a clear vision of the cities of tomorrow. The company imagines cities where all vehicles are electric, where mass transit vehicles do not alter the landscape but seamlessly integrate to provide quiet and emission-free urban mobility. With the PRIMOVE portfolio, Bombardier is smoothing the transition of transport providers and vehicle manufacturers to electric mobility for all electric vehicles – from trams and buses to commercial vehicles and cars. The commissioning of the first PRIMOVE fast charging station for electric buses in Braunschweig impressively demonstrates that this vision is no longer just a dream but is becoming a reality.

About the PRIMOVE pilot project in Braunschweig

Under the name “emil” (‘Elektromobilität mittels induktiver Ladung’, electric mobility via inductive charging), in addition to Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG and Bombardier, the Braunschweig Technical University and the energy provider BS | Energy are involved as partners in the innovative project in

Braunschweig. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

The electric buses from the manufacturer Solaris are fully charged overnight in the bus depot. Recharging the batteries during a 10 minute stop at the terminus is sufficient to provide smooth operation of the 12 metre solo e-bus over the 12 km route. The 18 metre articulated e-buses require more energy and will therefore be additionally charged for a few seconds at two intermediate bus stops. This customised charging concept ensures maximum service life of the batteries and uninterrupted operation on the existing bus route with a clean e-mobility solution.

The PRIMOVE system will remain invisible to passengers. The PRIMOVE high power charging pad is cast in concrete and installed beneath the surface of the road. Even the wayside electrical installation is integrated underground at the bus stops. The cooling units for those power electronics have been cleverly integrated into an advertising pillar at the Braunschweig central station and into the bus stop.

If you want to get an overview of how the PRIMOVE system works and how it differs from diesel buses, please follow this link:

About the PRIMOVE portfolio

With the flexible PRIMOVE portfolio, Bombardier offers the world’s only one-stop shop for true e-mobility: The completely integrated system for electric rail and road vehicles allows cities and the transportation industry to easily incorporate electric mobility. The complete package comprises the inductive PRIMOVE fast charging system, the light, long-life PRIMOVE batteries and the efficient PRIMOVE propulsion solution.

Other PRIMOVE projects

Bombardier is also currently working on the implementation of the PRIMOVE system for electric buses in Mannheim and Berlin, Germany, and in the city of Bruges in Belgium. Trams are being equipped with the light, long-life PRIMOVE batteries for the booming Chinese metropolis of Nanjing.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance for operators and passengers. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Kimco brings NRG eVgo electric vehicle fast charging to Westlake Shopping Center

September 5, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, San Francisco

  • Kimco brings NRG eVgo electric vehicle fast charging to Westlake Shopping Center
  • eVgo Freedom Station sites planned for 7 Kimco centers in California 

Freedom Station Photo courtesy of eVgo

Freedom Station
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NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., September 04, 2013 — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM), owner and operator of the nation’s largest shopping center portfolio, and NRG eVgo (ee-vee-go) are pleased to announce the opening of the Bay Area’s first Freedom Station® at Westlake Shopping Center in Daly City, Calif. The eVgo Freedom Station at Westlake offers electric vehicle (EV) owners both rapid and traditional EV charging, and is one of seven eVgo Freedom Station sites planned at Kimco retail centers in California this year. eVgo Freedom Station sites include 480-volt “DC Fast Chargers” and standard 240-volt “Level 2” chargers compatible with any electric vehicle with a plug.

“We’re thrilled to have our first NRG eVgo Freedom Station up and running at Westlake,” said David Jamieson, Kimco’s vice president of leasing and asset management. “Californians drive more than one-third of the electric vehicles in the country, so building a network of quick-charge stations at Kimco centers, which are easily accessible by commuters, is a valued amenity to our customers and retailers.”

Freedom Station Photo courtesy of eVgo

Freedom Station
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“This NRG eVgo Freedom Station is an example of Kimco’s dedication to sustainability and will enable drivers of zero and low emission vehicles to use no or little gasoline while working, shopping or socializing at Westlake Shopping Center,” said Terry O’Day, director of business development for NRG eVgo in California. “Unveiling this first of seven NRG eVgo Freedom Station sites with Kimco is an important milestone in making electric vehicles more convenient for the citizens of Daly City, the Bay Area and the state of California.”

The 686,000-square-foot Westlake Shopping Center is located at 402 Westlake Center at the corner of John Daly Boulevard and Lake Merced Boulevard in Daly City, Calif. The eVgo Freedom Station is situated on the first floor of Westlake Shopping Center’s parking garage adjacent to The Home Depot.

The Westlake site offers the Bay Area’s first eVgo DC Fast Charger, which can provide up to an 80 percent charge in about 30 minutes, and has been designed to easily incorporate a second DC Fast Charger. The station also offers a Level 2 charger, which can provide up to 24 miles of range per hour of charge.

Will Teichman, Kimco’s director of sustainability, commented, “The NRG eVgo Freedom Station at Westlake is a significant example of Kimco’s commitment to operate in an environmentally mindful way, and is one of several enhancements we’ve made at the center. We’ve installed energy-efficient lighting in the common areas, and added a state-of-the-art energy management system to monitor and control usage.”

The seven eVgo Freedom Station sites planned at Kimco’s California centers align with the state’s goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California’s roadways by 2025. eVgo is building electric vehicle charging networks across the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Los Angeles Basin and San Diego area. As more Freedom Station sites are built and the network established, EV drivers will have access to hundreds of public fast-charging sites along with Level 2 charging stations at homes, offices, multi-family communities, schools and hospitals.

About Kimco

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that owns and operates North America’s largest portfolio of neighborhood and community shopping centers. As of June 30, 2013, the company owned interests in 874 shopping centers comprising 128 million square feet of leasable space across 43 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and South America. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisition, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit, the company’s blog at, or follow Kimco on Twitter at

About NRG eVgo

The NRG eVgo network gives EV owners new freedom and range confidence via home charging and fast charging stations conveniently located at major retailers along highways across eVgo cities. Service plans offered by eVgo allow EV owners to avoid paying large up-front costs for a home or work charger and provide unlimited use of the eVgo network of Freedom Station® sites —all for one low monthly fee.  eVgo is a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 500 company at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. NRG’s investment in EV charging infrastructure will provide EV drivers with access to hundreds of public fast-charging Freedom Station sites along with level 2 charging stations at homes, offices, multi-family communities, schools and hospitals across California, Texas and the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.  To find out more, or to join the eVgo network, visit Connect with eVgo on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @evgonetwork.

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FIAT Picks AeroVironment to Supply and Install Home Charging Stations for the All-New, All-Electric Fiat 500e

August 21, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News

•AeroVironment turns 500e drivers’ garages into home “filling stations” with one-stop convenience including charging station, electrical installation and three-year warranty
•FIAT is the fifth major car manufacturer to choose AeroVironment as its preferred home electric refueling station provider
•AeroVironment has deployed more than 12,000 charging stations across North America

The all-electric FIAT® 500e in Arancio Elettrico (orange) with 15-inch cast-aluminum wheels. Image courtesy of FIAT

The all-electric FIAT® 500e in Arancio Elettrico (orange) with 15-inch cast-aluminum wheels.
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MONROVIA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2013 – FIAT® has selected AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) as the preferred provider of home charging stations and installations for its all-new, all-electric Fiat 500e. FIAT is the fifth plug-in electric vehicle (EV) auto manufacturer to choose AeroVironment as its full-service home charging partner.

The 2013 Fiat 500e features a 24-kWh Lithium-ion battery that will allow drivers to travel an estimated 108 miles, and uses an industry standard SAE J1772 recharge connector. The FIAT-branded 240-volt refueling station will charge the Fiat 500e in four hours or less versus the approximate 20 hours it would take using a standard 120-volt charging cable. AeroVironment’s UL-listed station can be installed indoors or outdoors, making it easy to locate the station in the most convenient location.

“The Fiat 500e increases the number of plug-in electric vehicles available to American drivers,” said Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of its Efficient Energy Systems business segment. “By choosing AeroVironment as its one-stop solution for home charging, FIAT has given us yet another opportunity to demonstrate that electric driving can be easy. At home and on the road, our charging solutions give EV drivers the benefits and convenience of faster charging and cleaner driving.”

Fiat 500e owners can bundle the home charger and installation with the car purchase right at the FIAT Studio. AeroVironment-certified, licensed electricians who are also specially qualified to support EV drivers perform on-site installation and services.

Nawabi said, “Having your own auto refueling station right in your garage or driveway gives EV drivers a new kind of freedom. It makes charging your car as easy as charging your cell phone, and it’s much less expensive than gasoline. We are dedicated to developing more ‘gotta have’ charging products that will make refueling even easier as more EVs hit the roadways.”

AeroVironment is the preferred integrated home charging solution supplier for five global automakers and their growing fleets of plug-in electric vehicles. The company’s broad line of home charging systems includes the 240-volt home charging system and a do-it-yourself wall-mounted “plug-in” unit that is available for dealer stock. More information on AeroVironment’s EV charging solutions can be found at

About AeroVironment, Inc.

AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops, produces, operates and supports an advanced portfolio of electric transportation solutions and electric-powered Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). AeroVironment’s comprehensive EV charging solutions include EV home charging, public charging, fast charging, data collection, grid-integrated communications and complete installation, training and support services for consumers, automakers, utilities, government agencies and businesses. AeroVironment’s industrial electric vehicle charging systems support thousands of electric materials handling vehicles in mission-critical supply chains for Fortune 500 enterprises. AeroVironment’s power cycling and test systems provide EV developers and EV battery manufacturers with market-leading simulation and cycling capabilities. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s electric-powered, hand-launched unmanned aircraft systems to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and communication. More information is available at and

About FIAT

Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the Fiat 500 is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function and a pride of ownership that is genuine.  The Fiat 500 has earned more than 80 international awards, including being named the 2008 European Car of the Year, 2009 World Car Design of the Year and Best New Engine of 2010 (Fiat MultiAir® Turbo). In the U.S., the 2012 Fiat 500 was named “Best Buy” in the subcompact category by Consumers Digest and was deemed a “Top Safety Pick” by the influential Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The FIAT brand portfolio in North America continues to expand with the arrival of the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth, Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio and the Fiat 500 Turbo. In 2013, the FIAT brand launched the Fiat 500e, a full-electric version of the Fiat 500, and the Fiat 500L, a new five-passenger model that will expand FIAT’s brand style and efficiency into the growing B-segment.

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Hawaiian Electric Companies offer new rates for public EV charging

July 13, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.   (PRNewsFoto / Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.) Image courtesy of HEI

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.
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First-in-the-nation rates to ease ‘range anxiety’ with more public charge spots

(Honolulu, Hawaii) – The Hawaiian Electric Companies have gained approval from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission for two new electric vehicle (EV) pilot charging rates. The rates are designed to encourage ownership of plug-in electric vehicles in Hawaii by easing “range anxiety.”

The new Commercial Public Electric Vehicle Charging Facility Service rate (Schedule EV-F) will make it financially attractive for business customers to open new public EV charging facilities metered separately from other uses.

Businesses can now take advantage of EV time-of-use rates without a “demand charge” typically assessed to commercial customers. This new rate will encourage businesses to provide direct current (DC) fast charging, which delivers a quicker charge but at a higher demand. A DC fast charging station can bring an “empty” EV battery to an 80 percent charge in about 30 minutes. (Demand charge represents the electric utility’s cost to maintain the capacity to meet a commercial customer’s highest demand for a fixed period.)

The second new rate, Commercial Public Electric Vehicle Charging Service (Schedule EV-U), allows the Hawaiian Electric Companies to operate up to 25 publicly accessible DC fast charging facilities across Oahu, Maui County and Hawaii Island where drivers could quickly recharge their vehicles for a per-session fee. It also allows the Hawaiian Electric utilities to work with the EV industry to manage electric vehicle EV charging more effectively and do research on load control and demand response.

“Plug-in electric vehicles continue to increase and we want to make it easier for our customers to own and use them,” said Jim Alberts, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president for customer service. “While most electric vehicle owners will continue to charge overnight at home, more charge spots across the islands will provide assurance to EV drivers that they won’t ‘run out of juice’ while away from home.”

Increased use of EVs can reduce Hawaii’s dependency on imported oil and encourage use of electricity from indigenous renewable resources, such as wind and solar. Fueling a vehicle with electricity, even from conventional generation, is cleaner and costs the customer less per mile than using gasoline in an internal combustion engine.

“The Hawaii State Energy Office supports widespread deployment of EV DC fast charging infrastructure, which will help promote EV adoption and ease range anxiety,” said State Energy Administrator Mark Glick. “These new EV rates are a novel approach in dealing with demand charges and a positive step in meeting the state’s clean energy objectives and in proving Hawaii as a leader of EV deployment in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Hawaiian Electric Companies worked with the Hawaii State Energy Office, Hawaii Consumer Advocate, and OpConnect LLC to develop the new tariffs.

According to the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, as of May 2013, there were a total of 1,437 plug-in electric vehicles registered in the state (Oahu – 1,093; Maui – 210; Hawaii Island – 90).

More information on electric vehicle ownership is available from Hawaiian Electric at or by calling 808-543-GOEV (4638). For information on the State Energy Office’s EV program, visit

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EV charging station powers up unique research at Georgian College

June 2, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, Ford, Solar

Project supported by PowerStream and Ford Motor Company of Canada

L-R: Brian Bentz, PowerStream President and CEO; Gwen Strachan, Georgian College Board Chair; MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO; Jeff Lehman, PowerStream Board member and Mayor of the City of Barrie and Mark Henderson, PowerStream EVP and COO, stand in front of Ford’s C-MAX Energi hybrid and new solar power-assisted electric vehicle charging station at Georgian College. Photo courtesy of PowerStream

L-R: Brian Bentz, PowerStream President and CEO; Gwen Strachan, Georgian College Board Chair; MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO; Jeff Lehman, PowerStream Board member and Mayor of the City of Barrie and Mark Henderson, PowerStream EVP and COO, stand in front of Ford’s C-MAX Energi hybrid and new solar power-assisted electric vehicle charging station at Georgian College.
Photo courtesy of PowerStream

The station is solar power-assisted and has superior ability to collect research data and capacity to offer Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 vehicle charging to the public. Level 2 is available now and plans to install a Level 3 charger are underway. With Level 2 charging, a pure electric vehicle can charge from empty to full power in about eight hours. With Level 3, that time is reduced to less than an hour.

PowerStream has invested $250,000 in this station that Electrical and other Engineering students will use to analyze the impact and opportunities that electric vehicles create for electric utilities and society in general. The students’ research will also include recommendations on how best to manage vehicle charging patterns to optimize electricity use patterns and the electricity distribution system.

Ford of Canada has donated leases for a C-MAX Energi and a Focus Electric to be driven to collect the data for analysis, as well as two charging units. Through this station, Georgian’s Electrical and Environmental programs, and the Automotive Business School of Canada, are collaborating to advance sustainable technologies. Students will have hands-on learning opportunities to become leaders in the integration of electric vehicles, renewable energy and smart grid technology.

The solar power-assisted electric vehicle charging station was unveiled at the college’s Barrie Campus prior to the start of the 28th annual Georgian College Auto Show. Launch participants included Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes, PowerStream President and CEO Brian Bentz, Ford of Canada President Dianne Craig and City of Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman.


  • “Our goal is to contribute to research and analysis of the utilization of electric vehicles on the power grid, but most importantly to prepare our students for work in the electrical and sustainable technology sectors,” says MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College.
  • “As an energy-services company that is a recognized leader in the development and implementation of smart grid technologies, we are pleased to be supporting and working with Georgian College on this initiative,” says Brian Bentz, PowerStream President and CEO. “The results and data the college will gather from this project will assist us in preparing our grid to handle the charging requirements of electric vehicles as their use becomes more common in the marketplace.”
  • “Ford of Canada is pleased to be the automotive partner of the Georgian College electric vehicle charging station. The charging station will be an important resource as the students study sustainable technologies,” says Paul Roy, Director of Product Marketing, Ford of Canada. “As a manufacturer of a full range of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, Ford looks forward to learning more about the students’ discoveries in this area of research that is so vital to the environment and to the future.”

Georgian College

Georgian College fosters a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, preparing students to become not only job seekers, but job creators. Working together with industry and community partners, Georgian offers relevant, cutting-edge curriculum, quality work placements and co-op experiences. With more than 120 career-focused programs across seven locations in Central Ontario (Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay), Georgian serves 11,000 full-time students and 28,000 Continuing Education registrants annually. Georgian received the highest score among Ontario colleges in the 2013 International Student Barometer – ranking number three in the world – and has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers six times and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers four years in a row.


PowerStream is a community-owned energy services company providing power and related solutions to more than 355,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the municipalities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.

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Ford of Canada’s operations include a national headquarters, three regional offices, two branch offices, three vehicle assembly and engine manufacturing plants, and two parts distribution centres. Ford employs approximately 6,000 people in Canada, while an additional 18,000 people are employed in the more than 400 Ford and Ford-Lincoln dealerships across the country. For more information, please visit

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Electric vehicle charging stations set to soar by 2020 – IHS study

May 18, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, Research

IHS estimates largest number of EV charging stations to be in US, China, Japan and Germany

The number of electric vehicle charging stations is set to soar globally by 2020, supporting a shift in driving away from traditional petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles, according to a new report from IHS, a leading global source of critical information and insight.

The report, compiled by IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS, estimates that the swing to electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) will lead to the installation of 10.7 million charging stations globally by 2020, up from 135,000 in 2011.

“Sales of hybrid and electric vehicles are set to continue apace over the next 10 years. While volumes may not reach the levels imagined in the hype of 2009, it is clear that there needs to be charging infrastructure in place to support this change in mobility,” says Alastair Hayfield, associate director at IMS Research, and the author of the report.

The growth in charging stations should help allay consumer concern about “range anxiety,” which alongside vehicle price, is one of the major factors that impacts consumer sentiment about EVs.

The report “Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure – World – 2013” found that the largest concentration of EV charging stations would spring up in the US, China, Japan and Germany because these countries have strong domestic  carmakers that are pursuing electric vehicles, public and private investment in charging infrastructure, and comparatively strong government leadership with regard to e-mobility.

A variety of factors are contributing to the shift from the traditionally-powered vehicles to EVs and PHEVs, the report adds, including adoption of emission regulations by a growing list of countries; concerns surrounding energy security, energy price stability and climate change; and a population shift to urban areas.

The factors most influencing the market are government and private investment and market demand for EVs and PHEVs, which will create demand for charging stations for these vehicles, the report said.

Current and potential charging technology includes high voltage direct current (DC) charging stations – utilized in two fast DC charging technologies CHAdeMO and Combined Charger Systems (CCS); the development of battery switching operations and charging station networks; and the potential future development of inductive (wireless) charging.

The report notes the existence of roadblocks to a global charging infrastructure system, particularly the existence of two distinct global standards for fast charging infrastructure: CHAdeMO and CCS.  A universal charging system would simplify the implementation of charging infrastructure, likely leading to growth in the industry beyond the current state of early adopters of EV and PHEV technology. However, there are signs this roadblock is lifting as a number of charging station manufacturers are starting to offer products that are both CHAdeMO and CCS compliant.

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IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs 6,700 people in 31 countries around the world.

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Brendan Jones

May 15, 2013 in EV Star of the Week

Image courtesy of Nissan

Image courtesy of Nissan

Brendan Jones is the star of the week.  Mr. Jones is Nissan’s director of EV infrastructure strategy and deployment.  In other words, he’s the man in charge of charging infrastructure for the Nissan LEAF in the United States.  Mr. Jones has been very busy as of late with his quick charging strategy.  In a press release today, Nissan stated: “Nissan continues to make progress with its commitment to enhance the charging infrastructure in the United States and since announcing plans earlier this year to triple the number of quick chargers from 200 to 600, Nissan and its charging partners already have installed about 50 additional units where interest in LEAF and EVs is highest.”

Back in September of 2012 at an SF BayLEAFs’ event in San Francisco, Mr. Jones announced that he was going to be more aggressive with quick charging infrastructure, and the LEAF enthusiasts cheered (  After this announcement, the affable Mr. Jones had a bit of a slow start, but he has recently revived that ambitious spirit.  He said: “We already knew that areas with a higher concentration of EVs would require more charging stations, but trends show that the reverse is also true—a more robust charging infrastructure generates greater interest in EVs and stimulates more EV driving among EV owners.”  Absolutely!

Undoubtedly, Mr. Jones plays a critical role in building LEAF sales momentum.  Nissan stated in today’s press release: “After the all-electric Nissan LEAF’s best sales month ever in March and a 423.5 percent year-over-year sales increase in April, Nissan LEAF continues to make history by crossing the 25,000 sales threshold, reinforcing LEAF’s position as the world’s best-selling electric vehicle.”