Siemens is co-sponsoring Towards a Greener Fleet 2012 in Edinburgh on Wednesday 30 May. Organised by Holyrood magazine, Scotland’s leading policy conference provider, the event brings together experts in green technology and transport infrastructure to discuss the exciting challenges involved in creating the ‘green fleet.’
In addition to exhibiting the company’s increasingly popular electromobility solutions for the evolving UK Electric Vehicle market, Siemens representatives will lead one of three panel discussions for delegates during Session 2, Preparing for Change which will examine what steps the private sector needs to take to ensure a smooth transition.
On show at the event will be the Siemens CP500A fast charging point that can provide fast charging facilities for two electric vehicles at the same time.
In central London, a Siemens CP500A fast charging point is in operation at Climatecars, an environmentally-friendly private hire car service offering an alternative to black taxis and minicabs. The company has recently extended its low-carbon hybrid fleet with two 100% electric saloon cars with zero emissions.
Siemens charging stations can fully charge vehicles in just one hour ensuring greater availability. The company also provides a full supply, installation and maintenance service. As the UK’s largest provider of traffic control and signalling equipment, Siemens has a specialist field service operation that is able to support EV charging infrastructure as part of a much larger portfolio of work.
This ensures that the EV chargers are maintained to a high and consistent service level ensuring the highest performance in terms of availability and safety. In recent years the Scottish Government has set a number of targets and announced a raft of initiatives that aim to propel Low Carbon Transport into the mainstream of the Scottish transport experience. Scotland is set to reduce its carbon emissions by forty-two per cent by 2020 and transport has been sighted as the area of greatest concern.
At Towards a Greener Fleet 2012, speakers will explore the detail behind the Government’s emissions targets and what we need to do to meet them. They will analyse the practical challenges behind the targets and how the move to low carbon vehicles can be facilitated. They will also analyse the benefits and challenges of building a sound infrastructure of charging points to help promote the low carbon alternative.
Speakers will analyse how strong leadership across public bodies can help the sector reach carbon reduction targets at a time when budgets are under pressure.
Siemens’ solution for the UK market is built on four key components; industry leading fast charging technology, modular back-office management software, extensive contact centre capabilities and comprehensive service packages. All are tailored to meet individual customer requirements and ensure maximum system availability and safety.
Siemens has already delivered its first three phase EV charging points in the UK. Fast charging units have been supplied and installed at the University of Lincoln as part of a collaborative work programme with the University to establish a new Engineering School.
As part of a low carbon transportation solution for the City of Lincoln, the fast charging units are primarily being used by electric vehicles supplied by Nissan to transport staff, customers and students between Siemens’ Service business and the University.
Siemens is a delivery partner for Source London, the Capital’s plan to develop the UK’s largest electric vehicle charge point network with more charge points than petrol stations in the city, providing IT and services for the back office operations. Siemens capabilities in the Electric Vehicle market extend significantly further, from charging infrastructure and software to service maintenance, call-centre management and fleet services.
Siemens is already engaged in major projects across Europe to devise and develop solutions and business models that will help establish Electric Vehicles as a viable and attractive transport option for the long term.