Two Siemens charging stations supply power to electric cars in the European Commission’s offices
As part of the European project “Green eMotion”, Siemens installed two electric car charging stations in the outdoors area of the European Commission’s General Directorates for Energy and Transports. The stations were recently inaugurated by Siim Kallas, the European Commission’s Vice-President and Commissioner for Transports, and Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy, on the occasion of the European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week. The new charging stations will be leveraged for tests that will take place in the context of the “Green eMotion” project. This initiative is co-developed by Siemens and EURELECTRIC, the European association of electric power industries. The goal of this initiative is to become a decisive step of the European Commission towards the adoption of electric mobility.
Siemens participates in Green eMotion, the large-scale European program for electric mobility, since last year. The project, which was launched in March 2011 and is will be running until 2015, brings together 43 organizations from the industry and the energy sectors, electric vehicle manufacturers, as well as municipalities, universities and research institutions. The total budget of the project is €42 million, with the European Commission covering €24 million. Green eMotion is part of the European Green Cars Initiative, which is part of the European Economic Recovery Plan.
“Green eMotion aims at defining the European framework for electric mobility. The project will recommend an interoperable system, thus preparing the ground for a mass electric mobility market,” said Heike Barlag, Project Coordinator for Green eMotion at Siemens. “The project reviews the basic standards a European interoperable, electric mobility system should meet, while pursuing to define a specific IT architecture for the European electric mobility market. Moreover, it proposes ways to optimize smart grids and charging infrastructures. In the context of the project, special tests of the electric mobility system take place in the cities participating in it, while there is also an effort to analyze the interoperability of electric cars under real-life conditions, in order to develop policies and proposals for the mass market that is under planning mode”, she added.
Siemens holds a leading role in the research part of the “Green eMotion” project. With its top-level know-how, the company contributes to the development of software and solutions for charging infrastructures, as well as to the establishment of the necessary industrial standards for electric mobility. With the installation of the charging stations outside the European Commission’s offices, Siemens aims at informing and raising the awareness of visitors around the initiative’s ambitious goals. Moreover, another goal is to demonstrate the electric mobility technology that is already used in 12 European countries. The installation of the charging stations considerably contributes towards the direction of the successful adoption of electric mobility, as it highlights that the required solutions and infrastructures are already available.
More information on Siemens’ participation in Green eMotion, as well as the company’s electric mobility solutions, is available at www.siemens.com
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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the world’s largest provider of environmental technologies. Around 40 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. In fiscal 2011, which ended on September 30, 2011, revenue from continuing operations totaled €73.5 billion and net income from continuing operations €7.0 billion. At the end of September 2011, Siemens had around 360,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations. Further information is available on the Internet at: www.siemens.com.