Russelectric, a Siemens Business and energy supplier, has installed electric vehicle charging in its facility in Hingham, Massachusetts. In 2017, the company built a renewable, hybrid microgrid which is situated at its Hingham location, which has a solar photovoltaic generation system, a diesel generator, grid power and an energy storage system.

The primary objective of developing this microgrid is to serve as a renewable source and facility emergency back-up power. It would also be used as an exploration and production forum toto provide solutions to customers. Two VersiCharge charging stations were recently installed to supplement the microgrid of Russelectric. The level 2 charging facilities have the capability to charge electric vehicles at up to 30A (7.2 kW), which will provide most EVs with full charge in less than four hours.

Siemens’ charging technology is developed such that it is future proof. This means that they can provide energy back to a building from the EV battery for future use. If many people could have adopted electric vehicles during the 2020’s lockdowns, they could have used the energy stored in the battery of their electric vehicles back in their homes. This is because most cars were parked in the garages and driveways unused for all this period.

The installation comes as the market share of electric vehicles is increasing day by day. Although electric vehicles’ prices remain high compared to conventional vehicles, the prices decrease as many customers embrace EVs. Electric vehicles are expected to play a vital role in combatting climate change.

This is because the majority of greenhouse gas comes from the transport industry. If people adopt the use of EVs, this means that carbon emissions would significantly decrease. Apart from carbon emission reductions, electric vehicles would help create job opportunities for both the youth and professionals. Thousands would be employed in the car manufacturing factories and charging stations. Also, many contractors would get contracting work for the installation of charging stations’ infrastructure.

Many automakers such as General Motors, Ford, Tesla, Nissan, among others, are working very hard to produce electric vehicles. In 2020, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, these car manufacturers developed many EVs. Government and private entities have placed their orders for electric vehicles. Even though battery anxiety remains a challenge toward the full adoption of electric vehicles, many battery producing companies are producing batteries with a long-range. This will help to build trust among the customers and embrace electric vehicles.

By Adam

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