Within the next three months, select businesses and the general public will have access to the area’s first Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations. A unique partnership between Fort Collins Utilities, Schneider Electric, Inc. and Fort Collins-based Spirae, Inc. will build an innovative Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE) system to support the community’s electric vehicle market. Jeff Drees, U.S. President of Schneider Electric, was in Fort Collins to celebrate the new partnership with Spirae and Fort Collins Utilities on Thursday, May 5.
The partnership will roll out the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in phases. Initially, thirteen stations will be installed, with more planned in the future, including an expanded partnership with local car dealerships who sell EVs, such as the Chevrolet Volt. The stations will be installed in the City’s fleet lot, private business parking lots and four in public parking lots across Fort Collins; specific locations are still to be determined. Building charging stations is the first step in encouraging the adoption of new technology and making it a viable investment for residents, businesses and government agencies.
Global Electric Vehicle Market to Reach 2.6 Million by 2015
A recent report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. illustrates the growing trend in electric vehicle market; within the next four years more than 2 million electric vehicles will be on the road. The U.S. market is approximately fifty percent of the global estimate. Fort Collins businesses and residents have a history of being on the leading- edge of new energies and adoption of energy conservation practices. Providing businesses and residents new technology to support their choice of energy-efficient vehicles is another way the City encourages this shift.
The City of Fort Collins, locally-owned Spirae, and global energy company, Schneider Electric will share the costs of installing the charging stations. Ongoing service and maintenance will be covered by Schneider Electric. Stations will be deployed by late summer. As more details are confirmed, the City will establish a webpage for people to find specific locations of the charging stations.
The mission of FortZED, Fort Collins’ Zero Energy District, is to transform the downtown area and the main campus of Colorado State University into a net Zero Energy District through conservation, efficiency, renewable sources and smart technologies. The technology required for EV charging stations is in line with the FortZED mission and utilitizes the Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration (RDSI) tools, including Fort Collins Utilities’ Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), or smart meter, wireless communications system. Learn more about smart meters at fcgov.com/smartmeter
. Visit FortZED online, http://FortZED.com
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of more than $26 billion in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.” http://Schneider-Electric.us
Spirae was founded in 2002 and is based in Fort Collins, Colorado and specializes in Smart Grid solutions for electric utilities including facilitating high penetration of renewable and distributed generation, demand-side energy management, and electric vehicles integration. htp://Spirae.com
Read more about the Global Industry Analysts, Inc. report at http://prweb.com/releases/electric/vehicles/prweb4545594.htm