Siemens Develops Electric Car Charging Stations
Electric car charging stations use ChargePoint networking capabilities to meet commercial and residential needs
On October 21, Siemens announced that it has developed a line of electric car charging stations designed to meet the needs of both commercial and residential users. The line includes both a Level II charger for residential car charging and a multi-level (I and II) charger for commercial use. Siemens' residential car charging stations are wall-mountable and have a 7.2 kilowatt configuration, while their commercial charging stations can charge two electric cars at a time. Both types of charging stations have been tested and declared safe by Underwriters Laboratories.
Siemens has equipped all of its new electric car charging stations with Coulomb Technologies' ChargePoint networking capabilities. The stations, therefore, offer 24/7 user assistance, automatic billing, and EV trip mapping. They can be located with a smart phone. Siemens also built its new charging stations with metering capabilities and open architecture, making it easy to network the new stations into the smart grid. This will allow the charging stations to be integrated into the power grid more easily without using too much energy at peak hours.
North America is expected to lead global electric car adoption between 2010-2013, primarily due to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program which mandates fuel efficiency levels across a manufacturer's entire fleet. The standard is set to increase from 27.5 mpg to 35 mpg by 2020. Siemens electric car charging stations are designed to interface with all new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
There's no word yet about how quickly these electric car charging stations fill a car battery and Siemens has yet to announce when these charging stations will be for sale and how much they will cost. But it's nice to see another player joining the list of manufacturers developing charging stations, another indication that electrical vehicles are viable and here to stay.