Siemens has unveiled a concept for an EV charging structure designed for fleets and high-demand charging applications. The idea behind the new VersiCharge XL concept is to electrify new or existing parking lots and building structures quickly and efficiently by using a modular, scalable design.
The new charging system houses all necessary electrical infrastructure components in an above-ground enclosed structure. It’s designed to be added to existing parking lots with minimal installation work.
The VersiCharge XL concept uses proven power distribution technologies used at indoor locations such as data centers and industrial facilities and elevates them above-ground in a weather-resistant, outdoor enclosure. It can be used with Level 2 or DC fast chargers in outdoor environments.
The vertical structure that supports the Siemens Sentron Busway systems that connect to power the chargers is made from a building material called Nexiite, which manufacturer Nexii Building Solutions says has properties comparable to those of concrete, but embodies significantly less carbon.
“With the ever-increasing demand for EV infrastructure, we recognize a real need for fast deployment, scalability, easy upkeep and reliability,” said John DeBoer, Head of Siemens eMobility, North America.
“Construction and transportation are two of the biggest sources of carbon emissions driving climate change today,” says Stephen Sidwell, co-founder and CEO of Nexii. “Bringing together Siemens and Nexii demonstrates the power of rapid ideation and development of solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.”