more than just a charging plug for electric cars, it is a complete unit
with an info-terminal and payment system
The automobile industry is working feverishly on cars which do not need gasoline or diesel. The range of electromobiles is currently much smaller than that of cars powered by traditional fuels. A network of charging points as closely spaced together as possible, and reliable information about their locations are therefore important for electric cars, which means making considerable changes in infrastructure ranging from power generation and distribution to automobile components and the provision and invoicing of the necessary amounts of electricity. The Sitraffic Epos charging station fulfils these requirements.
The smart charging station from Siemens is markedly different from those previously tested and used in pilot applications. Sitraffic Epos is a modular system which can be configured as a sole charging point or as a station with up to ten satellite connections. It can be installed anywhere where multiple electric cars need to be charged, i.e. in public places, where it can be combined with car park ticket machines, for example, or on company property. The occupancy of a charging station can be wirelessly reported to a back office system, which therefore continually monitors the utilization and availability of the charging stations. The integrated user identification of Epos which is achieved by means of a contactless card allows optimum access control and gathers information about actual usage and invoicing. High standards of safety are also ensured: the Epos charging satellites are only powered when a car is connected and the terminal has actually been released.The charging station is fitted with a color display which guides each user very simply through its operation. The connection to a data center means that additional information can also be shown on the display, such as city information, tourist destinations or nearby hotels and restaurants. It is planned to transmit the locations of the electric charging stations directly to the route planners in automobiles. This way, the driver will always know where to find the nearest available charging point.Since the electric charging points have the same design as the Sitraffic pay & display machines from Siemens, they blend into the cityscape.
Siemens Industry SectorThe Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the
worldwide leading supplier of environmentally friendly production,
transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated
automation technologies and comprehensive industry-specific solutions,
Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its
customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector
consists of six divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies,
Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility und Osram. With
around 207,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry achieved in fiscal
year 2009 total sales of approximately EUR35 billion.
Mobility DivisionThe Mobility Division (Erlangen, Germany) is the
internationally leading provider of transportation and logistics
solutions. With Complete mobility, the Division is focused on
networking the various modes of transportation in order to ensure the
efficient and environmentally compatible transport of people and goods.
Complete mobility targets the goal of sustainability and combines the
companys competence in operations control systems for railways and
traffic control systems for roadways together with solutions for
airport and postal logistics, railway electrification, rolling stock
for mass transit, regional and mainline services, as well as turnkey
systems and forward-looking service concepts. With around 25,000
employees worldwide Siemens Mobility posted sales of EUR6.4 billion in
fiscal year 2009 (ended September 30)