Advanced Energy, a nonprofit committed to helping communities understand, plan-for and implement electric transportation initiatives, is pleased to announce the availability of an interactive, web-based tool that compares charging stations from various vendors in the United States. Charging Station Technology Review for Plug-in Electric Vehicles is a result of an ongoing comprehensive review of technical information submitted by commercial vendors, service providers and other interested parties on electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), most commonly referred to as charging stations.
The online tool includes an overview of:
- Charging equipment and related systems/services
- Use of “smart charging” concepts
- Projected maintenance/repair schedules and costs; and
- Anticipated charging station billing models/systems.
“With the imminent rollout and adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), there is a clear and present need for evaluating charging stations,” says Jeff Barghout, director, Transportation Initiatives, Advanced Energy. “When exploring newer technologies, best practices demonstrate that planning and technology evaluation are key to implementation. Proper upfront planning is important to enable the successful adoption of electric transportation and to avoid costly mistakes. In fact, communities and municipalities should understand the short- and long-term implications of technology selection, even when installing free or low-cost systems.”
Advanced Energy’s newly launched web tool will assist in the planning and selection process by offering consolidated, nonbiased information about charging stations.
This online tool was made possible through the support of Duke Energy, Progress Energy, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation and Dominion Virginia Power as well as the charging station vendors and stakeholders who supplied information about their products.
Source: Advanced Energy