TE Connectivity and the FREEDM Systems Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center focused on Smart Grid technology research, today announced the in-kind contribution of a plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) charging station to the FREEDM Systems Center. The level II charging station is the first unit installed in the parking deck of the Keystone Science Center, which is home to the FREEDM Systems Centerâ€s 1 MW Green Energy Hub Testbed lab.
The parking deck is capable of housing a number of charging stations including high-voltage, fast charging stations.
With a history of over 50 years in developing and manufacturing next-generation electronic components, TE Connectivity continues to be on the cusp of the latest advances in the technology revolution. As an associate member of the FREEDM Systems Center, TE actively participates in contributing to advancing the Center's research. The donation of the level II charging station will further the Center's mission to study and refine current Smart Grid technology.
"TE Connectivity's commitment to supporting the globally evolving electric vehicle initiative will expand with collaborative efforts with organizations like the FREEDM Systems Center," said Director of Marketing Eric Freid, TE. "The new charging unit will not only advance the Center's vision, but is a working symbol of both organizations dedication to contribute to N.C.s priority to promote the use of electric vehicle charging stations."
"The FREEDM Systems Center's goal in working with industry members is to bridge the gap between university research efforts and marketplace demands," said Dr. Ewan Pritchard, director of industry, collaboration and innovation, FREEDM Systems Center. "We will benefit greatly from TE Connectivity's generous donation and look forward to building our relationship with them in the future."
Ten charging station ports have been installed in the Keystone Science Center's parking lot, and the level II unit from TE is one of two charging stations currently installed. The FREEDM Systems Center has a Toyota Prius car, Chevy S-10 electric truck, and an electric scooter in its electric and hybrid vehicle fleet. The Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC) is affiliated with the FREEDM Systems Center, and ATEC researchers conduct experiments on fleet automobiles to advance development of improved battery packs for electric vehicles.