This month, we will take you on a journey through powerful new US-made EV chargers, the development of EV CaaS, the deployment of electric trucks in one of North America’s largest snack companies, and an exciting merger between Blink Mobility and Envoy Technologies.
EV CaaS from Shoals Technologies and Brookfield Renewable
Shoals Technologies and Brookfield Renewable have partnered up to launch a charging-as-a-service (CaaS) solution for EVs. The service aims to streamline the deployment of EV charging networks for fleets, public sector entities, EV solution providers, vehicle and retail manufacturers, and other commercial or industrial properties.
Subscribers will pay a monthly subscription fee, eliminating large upfront costs that get in the way of EV charger installation for many businesses. The solution is highly customizable, giving customers the ability to select their preferred chargers from a multitude of EV charger manufacturers or utilize other distributed energy products like solar and battery energy storage.
Frito-Lay makes a move toward zero emissions with Schneider’s electric fleet
Frito-Lay North America, a division of PepsiCo, has recently taken another big step in its PepsiCo Positive initiative. The snack company demonstrated its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by contracting battery electric trucks from Schneider National Inc.’s Freightliner eCascadia fleet. The switch from diesel to electric on these shipments could stand to lower PepsiCo’s emissions by over 70%.
Frito-Lay plans to further expand the use of low emissions vehicles in its third-party distribution as well as the company-owned fleet. In fact, the company has already performed a complete integration of alternative fuel vehicles at a manufacturing facility in California and deployed 40 fully electric route trucks in Dallas-Fort Worth.
ABB to deploy US-made Terra 184 EV Chargers
ABB has just made a sizable $4 million investment in US charging infrastructure. The global tech company opened a factory in Columbia, South Carolina, where they will begin manufacturing EV chargers. The facility aims to supply the general public as well as commercial fleets with up to 10,000 EV chargers per year, ranging from 20 kW to 180 kW.
The factory will also manufacture a new type of EV charger called the Terra 184. These chargers will be powerful, packing in nearly 100 miles of range for one vehicle in just 10 minutes. Circle K convenience stores will deploy the chargers across North America, planning to add 200 charging sites by 2024. The first Terra 184 EV charger has already been installed in Wytheville, VA.
Envoy technologies acquired by Blink Mobility
This past month, Blink Mobility acquired Envoy Technologies, a provider of shared EVs for real estate developers. The company stated that “the deal will create one of the largest all-electric car-sharing companies in the United States.”
The merger will be a marriage of technology and resources as Envoy’s fleet of over 300 vehicles (including models from Tesla, Rivian, Porsche, Polestar, Audi, Chevy, and Nissan) pairs with the 300 street-side EV charging stations Blink Mobility plans to add to their supply. Blink will also soon be expanding into New Jersey to create an EV car-sharing service there.