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Loudoun County is a green living and dynamic county with an outstanding quality of life, located just 25 miles from Washington, D.C. The home of Dulles International Airport, Loudoun has established a reputation as an international center for technology, communications and transportation. Bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains and Potomac River, Loudoun is widely known for its beautiful scenery, rich history and strong sense of community. The county also enjoys a reputation for high quality services, including a first-rate educational system.

Siemens Energy, Inc. has been commissioned to provide electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to support Loudoun County, Virginia’s new commuter park and ride lot in Scott Jenkins Memorial Park. Located 30 minutes outside of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County’s initiative with Siemens represents one of the first EV infrastructure deployment projects in the area. 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 charging stations are scheduled to be installed at the Loudoun County park by May 2011.

Siemens will install five multi-level charging stations for Loudoun County’s park. Siemens’ multi-level charging stations are dual output stations designed for public outdoor applications. The stations deliver Level II charging and Level I charging through two separate outputs. Both outputs can deliver energy simultaneously.

Siemens’ EV charging stations will be 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 and is the only charging network with mobile apps for real-time station status and charging notifications.

“Siemens’ EV infrastructure solutions offer municipalities, corporations, fleets and utilities a smart, safe and simple method to charge electric vehicles,” said Paul Camuti, president, Smart Grid Applications USA of Siemens Energy, Inc. “Installing EV chargers in Loudoun County is a great project for Siemens, because we are able to help the county meet its energy efficiency goals while providing drivers reliable, user-friendly charging stations.”

Loudoun County is involved in a wide range of efforts to reduce the county government’s energy consumption, improve energy efficiency and raise awareness about energy conservation. One step toward facilitating these goals is to install Siemens’ EV charging solutions to provide the basic infrastructure needed to serve the first wave of electric cars. Initially, the EV charging stations will be installed at the county’s Scott Jenkins Memorial Park to enable charging for commuters, as well as recreational visitors to the park. In either instance, visitors are likely to park for multiple hours, which makes the park an optimal location for EV drivers to charge their vehicles.

“The County is beginning to think strategically on how to provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure to its residents and how to integrate these new technologies into our own vehicle fleet,” said Nicole Steele, Loudoun County energy grant specialist. “We look forward to working with Siemens to provide convenient EV charging at the county’s new park and ride facility.”

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. Further information is available at:

This ChargePoint station is located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Stevenson, WA, -- an area that is adjacent to the city's shops, restaurants, spas and art galleries. | Photo courtesy of Port of Skamania.
This ChargePoint station is located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Stevenson, WA, — an area that is adjacent to the city’s shops, restaurants, spas and art galleries. | Photo courtesy of Port of Skamania.
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