InCharge Energy names Nikolas Runge as Chief Technology Officer

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InCharge Energy vehicle charger
Following the introduction earlier this month at the ACT Expo of InCharge Energy's three next-generation multi-vehicle chargers, including the ICE CUBE (pictured above), the company announces its new CTO.
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InCharge Energy has announced that Nikolas Runge will be the Santa Monica-based company’s new Chief Technology Officer. Runge previously served as interim CTO.

“Nikolas and I have spent many years together creating industry-first products,” said CEO Cameron Funk. “Under Nikolas’ guidance, our Engineering and Product teams will continue to lead the industry by providing first-class EV charging solutions.” 

Runge has 12 years of experience in electric mobility and was raised in a trucking family from northwestern Germany. The timing of his permanent appointment is ideal for a number of reasons, among them the recently wide scale adoption of Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) by automakers and the rapid development of bidirectional charging, additional onsite microgrids found at fleet charging depots, and AI’s increasing role in EV charging optimization. 

He’s already proven himself at InCharge Energy’s Engineering and Testing & Fulfillment Center in Virginia where he led the rollout of over 4,300 EV chargers last year. Runge also played a critical role in the development and launch of three Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) chargers, the Dual ICE-80A Level 2 charger, and, most recently at the 2024 ACT Expo, the reveal of the ICE-600kW and ICE-480kW split systems

“As EV charging technology leaps forward with the rise of V2X, AI and machine learning, and ever deeper integrations with telematics and energy providers,” Runge said. “InCharge is focused on continually tightening its hardware and software development cycles to iteratively respond to evolving market needs with high-uptime and reliable charging solutions.”

InCharge Energy offers a variety of EV fleet charging technologies, such as its open API and scalable InControl charge management software featuring optimization tools for vehicle uptime, mitigation demand charges, and reducing charging-related energy costs while simplifying charging operations.

The company focuses its fleet efforts towards automotive, commercial, school, and public and nonprofit agencies, offering them the necessary tools and technologies to continue advancing towards a zero-emissions future. 

Jay Traugott has covered the automotive and transportation sector for over a decade and now serves as Senior Editor for Clean Trucking. He holds a drifting license and has driven on some of the world's best race tracks, including the Nurburgring and Spa. He lives near Boulder, Colorado, and spends his free time snowboarding, climbing, and hiking. He can be reached at [email protected].

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