Tech giant Siemens and
Vancouver, BC-based green building firm Nexii just debuted the VersiCharge XL, a turnkey
electric vehicle charging prototype that can be installed in just a few days.
Siemens says it can charge large numbers of EVs using either level 2 or 3
The VersiCharge XL is a concept
charger that was developed in late 2021 and then installed in three days at
Siemens in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
Siemens created it using Nexii’s
building material Nexiite, which has comparable properties to concrete, but
with a lot less embodied carbon. The weather-resistant, vertical Nexiite
structures house Siemens Sentron Busway Systems, which are power delivery
solutions that connect to power the EV chargers.
Siemens claims it’s the first EV
charging system to house all necessary electrical infrastructure components
that power EV chargers in an above-ground, enclosed, and low-carbon
And because it’s an all-in-one
solution, installation will cause minimal disruption to existing parking lots
by eliminating costly, time-consuming civics works and reducing onsite
construction waste and environmental impact.
It’s designed to be installed
anywhere from small office-building parking lots to last-mile logistics hubs to
stadium parking lots.
Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux
(D-GA) said in a statement about the VersiCharge XL:
As more and more consumers choose
to go electric, we must ensure that our communities have the infrastructure to
accommodate electric vehicles. When I ran for Congress, I made a commitment to
FutureFit our suburbs, and Siemens EV charging technology helps to deliver
cost-effective electric charging in our community.
With 2030 only eight years away,
it is critical we get to work building a network capable of supporting our
climate goals and millions of new electric vehicles.
The VersiCharge XL prototype is
still in its early stages – it went from concept to reality in six months – so
a Siemens spokesperson told that the company is going to continue to test
it in order to get it ready for broad production. We’ll keep an eye on its
development and announce when EV drivers can expect to see it installed in
parking lots for consumer use.
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