EV, Battery & Charging News: Electrify America, Asahi Kasei, ChargePoint, LBCT, Voltera, Autel, Spark Spot, Nuvve, NEVI, Factorial, Highland Electric & Gage Zero

In EV, battery and charging news are Electrify America, Asahi Kasei, ChargePoint, LBCT, Voltera, Autel, Spark Spot, Nuvve, NEVI, Factorial, Highland Electric & Gage Zero.

DOE Study Batteries Didn’t Fail Much

A study by Recurrent of about 15,000 vehicles from model years 2011 to 2023 showed that plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) battery replacements due to failure have been rare, at 1.5%, outside of recalls. For PEVs from model years 2016 to 2023 battery replacement rates due to failure were well under 1% and most of those would have been covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. EV batteries have continued to improve with technologies such as active liquid cooling and other strategies that optimize thermal battery management, as well as new and improved chemistries. With greater numbers of PEVs and more years of data, a clearer picture should emerge on the longevity of these newer battery packs which will be critical for long-term owners and the used PEV market.

Indoor Fast Charging a Hit in SF

In February 2024, Electrify America, the largest open DC fast charging network in the U.S., opened its first indoor flagship charging station at 928 Harrison Street in San Francisco. In the first 30 days, the company has seen high use and received positive feedback, affirming the demand for larger stations in urban areas, and demonstrating strong community support.

Nestled just blocks from the Bay Bridge in the South Market neighborhood, the station features 20 Hyper-Fast chargers providing up to 350 kilowatts (kW) peak power per charger. Beyond charging, customers can make use of the dedicated temperature-controlled lounge areas with food and beverage vending options, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, and restrooms.

Asahi Kasei Hipore Plant in Ontario, Canada

Asahi Kasei announced today that it will construct an integrated plant in Ontario, Canada for the base film manufacturing and coating of Hipore™ wet-process lithium-ion battery (LIB) separator1. In relation to this plant, Asahi Kasei has concluded a basic agreement with Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Honda) and the two parties are currently studying joint investment. Also with regard to the Canadian plant, it has been agreed that Asahi Kasei Battery Separator Corp.2, which is scheduled to be established in October 2024, will receive funding from the Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ) through the issuance of preferred shares. Furthermore, receipt of financial support from the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of Ontario regarding this investment is expected.

Outline of the Canadian investment (plant construction)

  1. Location: Ontario, Canada
  2. Plant overview:  Integrated plant for the base film manufacturing and coating of Hipore™ lithium-ion battery separator
  3. Total investment amount: Approximately ¥180 billion
  4. Production capacity: Approximately 700 million m2 per year (as coated film)
  5. Start of operation: Commercial start-up scheduled in 2027

ChargePoint Software Update with Driver Reimbursement

ChargePoint, a leading provider of networked charging solutions for electric vehicles (EVs), announced enhancements to its software offering which enables electric and mixed fuel fleets to find, use, and pay for charging from a single application, including seamless driver reimbursement when they charge their company EV at home.

“We continue to bring to market new, innovative solutions that enable a frictionless charging experience for EV drivers and fleet operators alike,” said Rich Mohr, SVP, Americas at ChargePoint. “We are committed to enabling an unmatched driver experience with solutions such as home charging reimbursement, while also giving our customers optimal fleet management tools to minimize total cost of ownership.”

Derived from the successful line of in-dash software solutions ChargePoint supplies to more than a dozen automotive manufacturers, the software is available to fleet operators in app format. Critically for larger fleet management companies, the option to integrate the technology into their existing branded fleet offering via ChargePoint’s open API is available.

To maximize the benefits of the enhanced software, organizations that manage take-home fleets can purchase ChargePoint’s Home Flex residential charging station for their drivers, enabling reimbursement for home charging. With this integration, company EV drivers can conveniently charge at home, eliminating the time and labor costs of stopping during the workday to fuel, and simultaneously reduce costs thanks to lower residential electricity rates. When a driver needs to charge on the road, the software enables access to more than 900,000 global charging locations1. An early partner integrating this ChargePoint technology within their own offering is fuel card provider WEX.

The software includes a comprehensive portfolio of solutions which enable fleet operators to gain enhanced insight and metrics into driver performance, including preferred pricing, proactive monitoring, and reporting. Comprehensive reports on charging activity, energy usage and costs help fleet operators identify opportunities for efficiency based on when and where their drivers charge.

Long Beach Container Terminal FHA Grant

Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) has received a $34.9 million Federal Highway Administration grant to replace more than 150 vehicles at its state-of-the-art cargo handling facility with zero-emission electric trucks and buses as well as to build the supporting charging infrastructure on site.

The grant, secured with the help of Long Beach Congressman Robert Garcia, continues LBCT’s multi-billion-dollar investment in advanced zero-emission technologies, innovative cargo-handling efficiencies, and carbon-slashing strategies that makes it one of the nation’s busiest – and greenest – terminal facilities.

FHWA Funding for Voltera Charging at Port Georgia & Long Beach

Voltera, a leading developer, owner, and operator of charging infrastructure for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) fleets, today announced that its owned sites near the ports of Savannah in Georgia, and Los Angeles and Long Beach in California were selected to receive $9.6M in federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities (RTEPF) program. Voltera’s Savannah project will receive $7.8M from FHWA funding. Its site in Wilmington, California will receive $1.8M from the FHWA.

This grant supports Voltera’s vision to electrify America’s ports. Each site is being built from the ground up and EV charging will be offered to customers via multiple contracting models. Voltera’s port projects will help accelerate the transition to zero-emission freight operations by supporting the electrification and decarbonization of key logistics hubs, as designated through the recently released U.S. Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy.

Autel Plants 5K Trees

Autel Energy, a leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions and services, proudly announces the successful conclusion of its first EVergreen Global Tree Planting Initiative, which saw hundreds of participants around the globe plant an estimated 5,000 trees in the initial phase. This activity offsets an estimated 2,190,000 kilograms of carbon emissions (CO2), and emphasizes Autel Energy’s and partners’ commitment to their ESG goals towards a sustainable tomorrow.

Beyond Tree Planting: An Organic Approach to ESG

Autel Energy champions a comprehensive ESG strategy, prioritizing environmental sustainability in its core principle, ranging from production to operations to achieve its ESG goals. The launch of the eco-conscious Wood Grain Edition MaxiCharger AC Lite on Amazon (https://amzn.to/3VSaogT), with its 100% recyclable body and 95% recyclable packaging, alongside a 60% reduction in volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Besides, Autel also strives to reduce harmful emissions organization-wide, implement employee wellness programs, reduce single-use plastics, and adhere to stringent environmental protocols through progressive sustainable policies. These actions reflect Autel’s dedication to integrating sustainable practices at every level, demonstrating its contribution to a greener planet.

Introducing EVergreen App Feature: Charge Your EV, Plant a Tree

Building on this momentum, Autel Energy unveils the EVergreen Challenge feature in the Autel Charge App, enabling customers to contribute to environmental conservation simply by charging their EVs. When they reach their CO2 reduction goals, Autel will plant a tree on their behalf, making a real-life impact.

Spark Spot DC Chargers for Commercial Properties

Spark Spot, the forefront innovator in sustainable energy solutions, announces a groundbreaking opportunity for real estate developers and commercial property owners: streamlined accessibility to own and invest in Direct Current (DC) fast-level Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations. With a commitment to driving the transition to electric mobility, Spark Spot’s latest initiative empowers stakeholders to embrace sustainability while capitalizing on the booming EV market, with average startup costs ranging from $620,000 to $1.2 million per location.

The landscape of real estate development and commercial property ownership is rapidly evolving, with sustainability becoming an increasingly integral component of strategic decision-making. In this transformative era, EV charging infrastructure emerges as a cornerstone of sustainable development, offering a myriad of benefits for both property owners and the communities they serve. Recognizing this paradigm shift, Spark Spot has developed a pioneering platform that simplifies the process of owning and investing in DC fast-level EV charging stations, presenting a lucrative opportunity for real estate developers and property owners to drive value and differentiation in their portfolios.

By partnering with Spark Spot, real estate developers and property owners can seamlessly integrate EV charging infrastructure into their developments, enhancing property value, attracting environmentally conscious tenants, and future-proofing their assets against evolving market trends. Moreover, ownership of EV charging stations presents a lucrative revenue stream, offering the potential for substantial returns on investment while contributing to the advancement of sustainable transportation solutions.

“With the rapid expansion of the electric vehicle market, the demand for accessible and reliable charging infrastructure is at an all-time high,” said Tyler Slater, CEO of Spark Spot. “Our platform empowers real estate developers and property owners to seize this unprecedented opportunity, providing them with the tools and support needed to capitalize on the EV revolution while driving positive environmental impact.”

Spark Spot’s comprehensive platform offers end-to-end support for real estate developers and property owners, from site assessment and feasibility studies to financing options and ongoing maintenance. Leveraging cutting-edge technology and industry expertise, Spark Spot ensures a seamless and hassle-free ownership experience, allowing stakeholders to focus on maximizing returns and delivering exceptional value to their tenants and communities.

Unlock the potential of sustainable development and capitalize on the booming EV market with Spark Spot’s revolutionary platform for owning and investing in DC fast-level EV charging stations. Join us in shaping a cleaner, greener future while driving value and differentiation in your real estate portfolio.

Nuvve Intros New EVSE Models

Nuvve the Holding Corp. (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: NVVE), a global technology leader accelerating the electrification of transportation through its proprietary vehicle-to-grid (V2G) platform, is pleased to announce the release of upgraded PowerPort Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) models, boasting hardware enhancements and unparalleled compliance with critical industry standards.

With a steadfast commitment to innovation and regulatory compliance, Nuvve proudly confirms that its latest PowerPort models meet the stringent requirements set forth by the Buy America, Build America Act (BABA) and the Buy American Act (BAA), as well as the ISO 15118 hardware standards needed for many utility Approved Product Lists (“APL”).  The BAA and BABA mandates dictate that products utilized in federally funded infrastructure projects and those procured directly by federal agencies must be manufactured in the United States.

The following PowerPort Neo models have been meticulously designed and manufactured to align with these regulations:

  • Single-phase Single Connector PowerPort, Model #EVSE-B-P1-T1-H1-A080
  • Single-phase Dual Connectors PowerPort, Model #EVSE-B-P1-T1-H2-A080
  • Three-phase Single Connector PowerPort, Model #EVSE-B-P3-T2-H1-A063

“Our procurement and manufacturing processes signify our unwavering dedication to bolstering the domestic economy and adhering to the rigorous standards mandated by federal regulations,” stated Hamza Lemsaddek, Nuvve’s Vice President of Technology and Astrea AI.  “From sourcing materials to assembly, we have made concerted efforts to ensure compliance with American-made criteria.  The PowerPort Neo also qualifies for more utility APLs, so our customers can utilize program and grant funding available to accelerate their fleet electrification.”

Nuvve’s PowerPort Neo models not only fulfill regulatory requirements, but also embody the highest standards of quality and reliability.  With strict quality control measures in place, Nuvve continues to lead the industry in providing cutting-edge electric vehicle charging equipment.

Moreover, Nuvve reaffirms its commitment to advancing domestic manufacturing and economic growth in the United States.  By upholding excellence in product development and adhering to regulatory standards, Nuvve remains at the forefront of sustainable transportation solutions.

New NEVI EV Charging Port in Bradford Vermont

Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt joined Vermont’s congressional delegation and state agency leaders to celebrate the opening of the first NEVI EV fast charging hub in Vermont, located in downtown Bradford. The site features four ABB E-mobility Terra 184 chargers, which are Build America, Buy America (BABA) compliant, and meet the NEVI technical standards, allowing drivers to charge quickly and get back on the road.

Located in downtown Bradford, residents, workers, and visitors can conveniently recharge their electric vehicles within walking distance of local shops and restaurants on Main Street. Located 1 mile from the highway and in the heart of Bradford, this site creates confidence in reliable charging availability while bringing new visitors into town to benefit small businesses.

As one of the first states to deploy fast chargers under the NEVI program, Vermont and the Federal Highway Administration showed leadership and commitment to the economic benefits of electric transportation in community downtowns. ABB E-mobility shares this commitment, providing DC fast chargers to nearly 40 NEVI projects so far across 10 states and with multiple partners.

NEVI Charging Solutions that work

“Americans deserve reliable charging experiences that work and meet them where they are,” said Chris Nordh, Head of ABB E-mobility in North America. “ABB E-mobility is committed to NEVI’s success and helping drivers and partners like Norwich EV achieve reliable, seamless, efficient and flexible charging solutions.”

“We chose ABB E-mobility for their robust and reliable chargers that readily meet the extensive compliance standards for state and federal NEVI projects,” said Troy McBride, Chief Technology Officer of Norwich EV. “Complex public fast charging projects require a technology provider you can depend on, ABB E-mobility’s experience and professional service enabled us to open our first NEVI site smoothly.”

ABB E-mobility has been designing and manufacturing EV chargers for nearly 15 years and electrification equipment for over a century. As a leader in the industry, ABB E-mobility works closely with charging owners and operators to help them understand and implement successful NEVI projects. ABB E-mobility starts with DC fast chargers that are designed and US manufactured with key standards and certifications in mind, including the NEVI standards. Features like ENERGY STAR certification, NTEP and CTEP certified metering, ADA readiness, ISO 15118 implementations, OCPP conformance, and J3400 readiness are not afterthoughts. Preparation and dedication to meeting these requirements ensures that charging owners and operators are ready to meet regulatory needs.

Solid-State Factorial Partners with LG

Factorial Inc. (Factorial), an industry leader in the development of solid-state battery technology for electric vehicle (EV) applications, and LG Chem, a global leader in battery materials, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to accelerate the development of solid-state battery materials.

The agreement aims to strengthen cooperation in the field of next-generation battery materials and secure future competitive advantage by combining LG Chem’s battery material capabilities and Factorial’s next-generation battery material and process innovations. Upon successful completion of the project, the two companies agreed to further discuss technology licensing and material supply to maintain a strategic partnership for market leadership.

“Through this collaboration, we will become technology leaders in the field of next-generation batteries,” said Jong-ku Lee, CTO of LG Chem. “We expect to secure solid-state materials through Factorial’s accumulated experience in next-generation batteries and LG Chem’s superior material technology.”

In addition to its core business of cathode materials, LG Chem produces a variety of battery materials such as separators, conducting agent and binder, and is actively conducting R&D and external collaborations to strengthen its R&D capabilities for new materials in response to changes in next-generation battery technology.

Factorial’s proprietary FEST® (Factorial Electrolyte System Technology) solid-state batteries are revolutionizing the battery industry, with the potential to radically reduce EV weight, extend driving range, reduce charging time and improve safety.

Highland Electric Supports EPA

Highland Electric Fleets announced its support for today’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding announcement, which is designed to benefit school districts, municipalities, states, and tribes. The EPA’s Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles (CHDVs) Grant Program is a $932 million competitive grant program designed to make electric vehicles more accessible to communities. Under the program, school districts, tribes, and other public agencies can now apply for funding for certain Class 6 and 7 medium and heavy-duty trucks, including electric school buses.

“Today’s funding announcement from the EPA will help pave the way for more communities to begin their electrification journey, and in turn, bring cleaner, healthier air to students, parents and entire municipalities,” said Matt Stanberry, VP of Market Development at Highland Electric Fleets. “At Highland, we’re ready to support school districts and municipalities with applications, leveraging our experience deploying electric school buses and other electric fleets around the country.”

Highland Electric Fleets is the leading provider of school bus fleet electrification-as-a-service in North America and has helped school districts and other municipalities secure over $200 million in grants and incentives to date. The company has a diverse number of electrification projects, from the nation’s largest electric fleet in Montgomery County, MD to Hardin County, the least populous county in Illinois.

Founded with the mission to make electric vehicles accessible and affordable to all communities, Highland has expanded its electrification-as-a-service model from its origins in electric school buses to include refuse, shuttle, and other heavy-duty vehicles.

Gage Zero Class 8 Charging in Fontana

Gage Zero LLC (Gage Zero), an Austin-based fleet electrification solutions company that deploys, owns, and operates reliable charging infrastructure, announced the deployment of the company’s new zero emission vehicle (ZEV) charging depot for heavy-duty trucks in Fontana, California. The Fontana hub will feature high-speed chargers to accommodate the charging needs of Class 8 trucks and other vehicles.

Gage Zero has developed a multi-fleet charging hub model that allows fleets of varying vehicle types to use the same site to charge their electric trucks. Gage Zero provides the upfront capital to develop, own, and operate the hubs, allowing fleets to sign up as customers and enjoy reliable, managed charging without distracting from their daily operations or tying up their hard-earned capital. Earlier this month, Gage Zero announced plans to develop a fleet charging depot in AllianceTexas, a development north of Fort Worth, Texas – the first of its kind in the state.

Kam-Way Transportation, Inc. (Kam-Way), a freight broker and asset-based truckload provider operates a freight business in multiple hubs on the West coast, including Fontana, and will use the Gage Zero Fontana hub to charge its fleet customers’ electric trucks. Kam-Way is beginning their transition to electric to meet their own sustainability goals, customer ESG requirements, and regulatory mandates in California such as the Advanced Clean Fleet (ACF) rule introduced by the California Air & Resources Board (CARB).

Gage Zero will develop, own, and operate the Fontana site, removing the need for fleets to assemble a large amount of capital and expertise in order to build out and operate their own charging infrastructure.

Part of Gage Zero’s mission is to benefit the communities its projects are located in. Besides the health benefits from improved air quality, Gage Zero plans to support local workforce development and collaborate with community-based organizations in the Inland Empire region as part of the Fontana hub project.