Siemens Adds Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to Its Smart Grid Solutions

Siemens Energy, Inc. launches today its new product line of electric car charging stations, which includes solutions for residential, public and commercial applications, including integration into the Smart Grid.

Siemens’ portfolio of EV charging stations offer safe, highly reliable plug-in EV charging for electric vehicle manufacturers, municipalities, corporations, fleets, utilities and residential customers. The easy-to-use stations provide multiple power options, integrated aesthetics and ergonomics with ruggedized construction.

Siemens’ UL listed electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) line includes wall-mountable, community multi-level and community multi-level II models. The company’s wall-mountable charging station is a 7.2-kW single-output station designed for residential and light commercial applications.

Siemens’ public outdoor charging stations will be available in single Level II and multi-level designs. The multi-level charging stations incorporate a dual power output configuration, allowing both Level I and Level II outputs to deliver energy simultaneously.

Siemens’ EV charging stations will offer Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint(R) Network. The ChargePoint Network is an advanced software system that is open to all drivers of plug-in vehicles.

Advanced features of the network include: 24/7 driver assistance, the ability to locate a charging station from any smart phone, the ability to detect charging station availability from a smart phone or Google Maps, EV trip mapping and driver billing.

Further, the ChargePoint Network provides Siemens charging station owners remote management, flexible billing, fleet management, maintenance and other on-demand software applications. Each unit is equipped with an ANSI C12 communications compliant meter. By incorporating connectivity options, metering capabilities and an open architecture, Siemens’ EV charging stations can be integrated into the rapidly evolving Smart Grid.

In addition to the charging stations, Siemens provides integration of electric cars into the utility grid with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), load shifting through demand response (DR) programs, and the addition of generation capacity to handle widespread EV adoption – giving consumers options while avoiding service disruptions.

"Though utilities will need to invest to prepare, the ability to utilize excess, economical nighttime capacity is a very efficient use of assets," said Paul A. Camuti, president of Smart Grid Applications, Siemens Energy, Inc. "Most utility departments will be impacted in some way, and Siemens is particularly well positioned to help users, cities and utilities integrate Electric Vehicles due to our extensive portfolio of products, services and solutions along the entire energy conversion chain."

North America is expected to lead global PEV 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, which will achieve almost 90 percent of President Obama’s stated goal. Siemens EV charging stations are designed to interface with all new automotive OEM plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and lithium ion batteries electric vehicles (BEVs) coming to market and will offer high reliability and safe charging for this growing market.

Siemens understands the complete energy conversion chain and is able to transform today’s grid into a living infrastructure that is smart enough to respond quickly, flexibly and comprehensively to society’s energy needs.

Siemens also incorporates solutions for commercial and industrial applications as well as smart homes, including building automation, IT systems integration, advanced lighting technology and energy efficient appliances for a comprehensive Smart Grid solution.