10.2.2012 ChargePoint Services to charge Olympics
To support London 2012's vision is to be the sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has commissioned ChargePoint Services Ltd (CPS) to supply and install electric vehicle chargers and provide on-going after sales support.
CPS will supply 120 GE Energy's DuraStation electric vehicle chargers for the fleet of 200 BMW and MINI electric vehicles that will be used to transport athletes and officials between venues during London 2012, as well as providing and operating the Central Management System Software that will monitor and control the charge posts.
After the Games, the chargers will become part of London's public electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and supporting electric car use in the British capital. CPS has already installed the UK's largest commercially funded charge point network on behalf of Ecotricity, the UK's biggest provider of green energy. The network spans the UK motorway network and provides both 3-pin 13 amp and 7-pin 32 amp charging facilities to electric vehicle drivers.
Alex Bamberg, Sales Director of CPS says, "The contract with LOCOG is a fantastic endorsement of our capabilities to enhance GE's DuraStation design to meet the LOCOG requirements and also provide on-going back office support for the charge points. Our relationship with GE has gone from strength to strength and we look forward to delivering many more projects in the near future where we have already put forward a joint offer."
In addition to a growing range of electric vehicle charging points, GE Energy provides the full range of electrical systems and smart grid technology necessary to develop and manage a complete electric vehicle infrastructure. Their equipment also supports faster charging using higher voltages and currents that require specialized connectors.
Todd Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer of GE Energy's Industrial Solutions says, "We are delighted to be supplying the Olympic and Paralympic Games with our EV chargers, showcasing them to the world. Major manufacturers are now launching electric cars into the mainstream market; however the power grid will require significant investment to make their widespread use possible. It will be up to companies such as GE Energy, to provide the technology and expertise to make this possible."
It is estimated that every electric vehicle that comes on to the roads will require 1.5 charging points; in Europe alone, electric vehicle sales are expected to reach 0.5 million per year by 2015. As part of GE's on-going product development for this important market GE is also releasing the WattStation wall-mounted residential units early in 2012.
To see widespread adoption of electric vehicles, the power grid must be modernized to accommodate the changing patterns of demand. The stations must be accessible, quick and easy. GE Energy can provide the full range of components, subsystems and service expertise necessary to install and maintain small and large scale electric vehicle charging infrastructures and, through its Capital and Fleet businesses, GE is in a position to provide the financing, vehicles, and fleet management know-how to support the widespread adoption of electric vehicle technology.
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