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US Utilities Offer EV Tariffs to Increase Customer Engagement

US Utilities Offer EV Tariffs to Increase Customer Engagement

Twenty-five electric utilities across 14 states – including eight of the 15 largest — are now offering electric vehicles rates and tariffs as part of an effort to engage the growing number of customers who drive electric vehicles, according to a study by Northeast Group. In the Midwest, Minnesota has … Read more »

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Fisker Files Bankruptcy, DOE Loses $139M

Fisker Automotive has filed for bankruptcy protection and the Department of Energy sold its loan to a Hong Kong-based investor for $25 million, losing some $139 million in the deal. The DOE will have recovered a total of $53 million from the original $192 disbursed. Hybrid Technology Holdings, led by … Read more »

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DOE Didn’t Report Ecotality Concerns Prior to Its Bankrupcty, Audit Finds

The US Department of Energy did not report concerns about Ecotality five months before the electric vehicle charging company, which had won $135 million in federal funding, filed for bankruptcy, according to an audit by a government watchdog group. DOE knew as early as May that Ecotality was not on … Read more »

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Ecotality Files for Bankruptcy, Plans to Sell EV Charging Assets

Ecotality, the San Francisco-based electric vehicle charging company, has filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to auction off its assets just a month after warning investors of its financial troubles. The company, which won a $99.8 million grant from the US Department of Energy four years ago, and five affiliates … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FERC Fight, Ecotality Suit, Post Holdings

The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow to consider the nominations of Ronald Binz for commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Elizabeth Robinson for under-secretary of energy, and Michael Connor for deputy secretary of interior. Binz’s nomination looks contentious due to opposition from the coal industry, … Read more »

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More Ecotality Woes: Charging Stations Cut Power

Some electric vehicle drivers will spend twice as long to charge their cars using Blink Level 2 charging stations, after owner Ecotality cut the power level on 12,000 chargers in response to a technical glitch. The change will affect cars that can pull more than 16 amps, Plug In Cars reports. … Read more »

Ecotality Considers Bankruptcy Filing

Ecotality Considers Bankruptcy Filing

Ecotality may file for bankruptcy, the electric car charging station maker has warned investors. The company has failed to increase sales and bring a new product to market, according to its filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and says it will not generate sufficient revenue to support its … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Ikea, LA Metro, Honda, Volvo, Boulder Electric Vehicle

Ikea plans to add 24 of Ecotality’s Blink electric vehicle charging stations across eight more locations in the US. Installation should be completed this summer at seven stores in Illinois, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as the US corporate office. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors has approved a … Read more »

Kroger to Add 225 EV Charging Stations

The Kroger Co. and Ecotality will add more than 200 level 2 quick-charge electric vehicle charging stations and 25 DC fast chargers at Kroger supermarkets across the US. The companies say the $1.5 million expansion will bring the total number of Ecotality’s Blink chargers at Kroger stores to almost 300. … Read more »

ChargePoint, Ecotality Form EV Interoperability Company

Electric vehicle charging companies ChargePoint and Ecotality have formed a new company, Collaboratev, that they say will make it easier for drivers to access EV charging stations on any network. Collaboratev will enable charging network interoperability, exchange session data and allow financial billing reconciliation services among EV charging networks. The … Read more »

ChargePoint, DBT ‘Leaders’ in EV Equipment

ChargePoint, DBT ‘Leaders’ in EV Equipment

ChargePoint (formerly Coulomb Technologies) and DBT lead the electric vehicle supply equipment market, according to a Pike Research report. Pike Pulse Report: Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment says these companies have secured a large market share, operate in a range of critical geographic markets and offer a wide range of products. … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Volvo, ECOtality, Evatran, Enmark

Volvo Car Corporation is testing a fast-charger for electric cars that cuts recharging time to 1.5 hours — six times faster than existing on-board devices, according to the company. The new 22kW charger will be installed and evaluated in a number of Volvo C30 Electric cars. Car owners can either … Read more »