These 2 Automaker Giants Are Working With Siemens For Innovative Charging Solutions

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These 2 Automaker Giants Are Working With Siemens For Innovative Charging Solutions

A VersiCharge XL prototype has already been completed at the Siemens research and development center for e-mobility solutions in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. The prototype is the industry’s first electric vehicle charging system to house all the essential components to power EV chargers above ground in a closed, low carbon structure. This eliminates costly and time-consuming construction work while reducing construction waste and environmental pollution on site.

The VersiCharge XL concept produced in collaboration with Nexii Building Solutions creates proven power distribution technologies comparable to those employed in data centers and industrial plants. It enables new or existing parking lots and building structures to be electrified fast and efficiently. This solution can be installed outdoors and can be equipped with Level 2 or Level 3 fast chargers, according to the needs of respective customers. It also allows an easy way to boost the installation as needs change and streamlines maintenance.

Tesla is working with Siemens on ways to reduce the time it takes to install fast chargers by using pre-fabricated systems. Not only do pre-fab techniques lessen construction times, they lower costs as well. Tesla is using pre-fabrication techniques to get new Supercharger plazas installed early. The latest 12-charger plaza in Brooksville, Florida, was constructed in just 8 days, as pre-assembled chargers came loaded on a flatbed truck to the job site. Tesla anticipates improving the size of its Supercharger network by 31% in 2022, from 3,382 stations and more than 30,000 stalls to an additional 1,047 stations and 10,000 more stalls. About 38% of the Supercharger network has V3 chargers that deliver up to 250 kW of power, according to Inside EVs. Tesla is in the process of increasing the power of its V3 chargers to 324 kW and is working on V4 equipment that will exceed 350 kW.

Siemens eMobility declared that it has worked with Ford on the Ford Charge Station Pro, a custom electric vehicle (EV) charger for the Ford F-150 Lightning. This innovative charger is the first bidirectional-ready EV solution set for release at retail customer scale to receive certification under the newly expanded Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 9741, an important industry-wide benchmark that ensures products meet safety standards. The new charge station also features a peak power of 19.2kW, achieving the maximum power rating currently open for a Level 2 charge station.

In August 2021, Siemens had revealed it would invest in and expand its US manufacturing operations to support electric vehicle infrastructure in the States, adding the VersiCharge Level 2 AC series product line of residential and commercial chargers. The third-generation VersiCharge AC charger, introduced earlier in 2021, delivers up to 11.5 kW of AC charging power. The M3 and other EV's DC-DC inverter that supplies the 12V battery can be used to power a 12V-120VAC inverter hooked up with 10g extension cords to power a fridge or heater during a power outage for a few days. “The enormous growth in electromobility requires the simple and rapid expansion of a reliable and sustainable charging infrastructure,” says Markus Mildner, CEO of eMobility at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. The concept demonstrates how Siemens and its partners are operating on innovative concepts “to support this growth in the US market.” 

As more electric vehicles take to the road worldwide, the demand for better charging speeds will rise. Siemens is setting an example in pre-manufacturing charging infrastructure that will not just economize time and money but reform the e-mobility competently and swiftly.