Technology manufacturer Siemens Smart Infrastructure and green construction technology company Nexii have unveiled a scalable and sustainable electric vehicle (EV) charging concept, the VersiCharge XL.
The solution enables quick installation at scale and easy expansion and maintenance to help meet the growing demand for EV charging infrastructure. The modular, scalable design was created to enable quick electrification of new or existing parking lots and building structures and is designed to charge large numbers of electric vehicles using either level 2 or level 3 EV chargers in outdoor environments such as small office building parking lots and last-mile delivery hubs.
The solution, which resembles a modern-day fueling station, was developed in 2021. The VersiCharge XL concept (UL standard) leverages power distribution technologies used indoors at locations like data centers and industrial facilities and moves them above-ground in a weather-resistant outdoor enclosure. It houses the necessary electrical infrastructure components that power EV chargers in an enclosed and low-carbon structure.
The prototype was created using Nexii’s building material Nexiite, which has comparable properties to concrete with less embodied carbon, as the vertical structure to support Siemens Sentron Busway systems that connect to power the EV chargers. The above-ground design requires minimal disruption to existing parking lots by eliminating costly, time-consuming and substantial civics works and therefore on-site construction waste and environmental impact.
Stephen Sidwell, co-founder and CEO of Nexii, said, “Construction and transportation are two of the biggest sources of carbon emissions driving climate change today. Bringing together Siemens and Nexii demonstrates the power of rapid ideation and development of solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. We’re excited to unveil this initial EV charger prototype and look forward to even more innovations we can make working together.”
Markus Mildner, CEO of eMobility at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, said, “The massive growth of electric mobility requires an easy and rapid expansion of a reliable and sustainable charging infrastructure. This specific concept shows how Siemens and its partners are working on new, innovative ideas to help support this growth in the US market. Working closely with partners globally to meet local needs is very important to us and this cooperation embodies that spirit.”