Siemens Charges Up the Town of Cary, North Carolina
EV charging solutions offered by Siemens on display in Raleigh, NC this week at 2011 Plug-In Conference
Orlando, FL and Raleigh, NCJuly 18, 2011:
Siemens Energy, Inc. has been commissioned to provide solutions for electric vehicle (EV) charging to support the Town of Cary, N.C., at the Town's Public Works and Utilities Center. The model chosen is Siemens' Community Level II charging station designed for public outdoor applications. The Town of Cary's initiative represents one of the first EV infrastructure deployment projects by a municipality in the N.C. Triangle area. This particular implementation represents an opportunity for both Cary employees and citizens to benefit from EV charging.
As part of its sustainability efforts, the Town of Cary is relying on EVs during the day for travel to municipal service needs throughout the area. At the end of the workday, the service fleet vehicle will be plugged into the Siemens EV charging station back at the public works building to regain a full charge overnight. As an added benefit, during the day while the electric service vehicle is away from the charging station, members of the community are encouraged to use the Siemens EV charging station for their own electric vehicles.
"Being involved in this project for the Town of Cary is a great opportunity for Siemens," said Roland Lartigue, Siemens Energy, Inc., manager, EV Infrastructure. "The U.S. headquarters for Siemens Smart Grid operations is located about 30 miles from Cary, so it gives us a unique opportunity to help with EV infrastructure efforts in our own backyard."
"One of the objectives with our EV project is to assure that the installed charging stations are functional and reliable, which Siemens was able to provide to us," said Emily Barrett, Town of Cary, sustainability manager. "Another objective is installing in locations that can be used by citizens for short-termopportunity charges during the day and by the Town of Cary for fleet charging at night. The central location of the Public Works and Utilities Center helps us to meet that project objective."
The project is funded through the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The purpose of this EECBG project is to prepare the Town of Cary infrastructure for future electric vehicles. The Town of Cary is involved in a wide range of sustainability efforts focused on assuring operations are run efficiently and effectively with attention to the key values of environmental stewardship, cost consciousness and creativity.
Siemens is displaying its EV charging solutions this week in Raleigh, N.C., at the Plug-In Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center. Siemens representatives will be on hand at Booth 115 during exhibit hours throughout the week and will be presenting during a breakout session on Thursday, July 21 titled, The Connected Vehicle 00 A Long-Term Vision.
Siemens' EV charging stations are feature-rich solutions that provide various benefits to both the charging station host and EV driver. The easy-to-use stations provide multiple power options, integrating aesthetics and ergonomics with sturdy construction. The EV charger the Town of Cary purchased, the Community Level II, delivers charge through a standard SAE J1772 connector and 18-foot cable. The stations can be equipped with connectivity to align with program strategies and drive value for the owner while providing a simple, user friendly and safe solution for EV drivers.
Siemens' EV charging stations are equipped with connectivity via the largest and longest-running EV charging services network in the world, the ChargePoint Network. The open-system EV charging network allows access to all manufacturers of vehicle charging stations, provides 24/7 station monitoring and driver support, is the only charging network with mobile apps for real-time station status and charging notifications, and is accessible from leading location, navigation and telematics in-vehicle and mobile devices.
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.
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2010 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately EUR25.5 billion and received new orders totaling more than EUR30.1 billion and posted a profit of more than EUR3.6 billion. On September 30, 2010, the Energy Sector had a work force of more than 88,000.
About Town of Cary
At just over 143,000 people, Cary is a thriving community in the heart of central North Carolina's renowned Research Triangle Park region.† Cary is consistently ranked as one of the safest places in America and has been praised for its high quality of life by MONEY Magazine, Forbes, and Frommmer's.† Cary's beautiful, award winning Booth Amphitheatre serves as the summer home of the NC Symphony and hosts the best in professional music and entertainment. One of only six NCAA Championship cities in the nation, Cary operates the¬†WakeMed Soccer Park-- home to professional soccer's Carolina RailHawks; the USA Baseball National Training Complex, which supports the US Olympic Baseball Team; and the Cary Tennis Park, which regularly hosts collegiate and†USTA tournaments.