Siemens has unveiled what it calls a new, sustainable EV charging concept structure designed for electrifying fleets and high-demand charging applications at scale. The new VersiCharge XL concept was created to electrify new or existing parking lots and building structures quickly and efficiently by using a modular, scalable design made in partnership with Nexii Building Solutions (Nexii) using its proprietary, sustainable building material with low-carbon footprint. The solution, which Siemens says resembles a modern-day fueling station, was developed in late 2021, and then installed in three days at Siemens’ R&D hub eMobility and North American Headquarters for Electric Products.
This product was rapidly developed and co-patented with Nexii and, according to Siemens, is the industry’s first EV charging system to house all necessary electrical infrastructure components that power EV chargers in an above-ground, enclosed, and low-carbon structure. The above-ground design requires minimal disruption to existing parking lots by eliminating civics works and reduces on-site construction waste and environmental impact, the company says.
The VersiCharge XL concept leverages power distribution technologies used indoors at locations like data centers and industrial facilities and elevates them above-ground in a weather-resistant, outdoor enclosure. With its scaling and versatile capabilities, this concept is designed to be installed to charge large numbers of electric vehicles using either level 2 or level 3 EV chargers in outdoor environments ranging from small office building parking lots to last-mile logistic hubs, and up to a stadium parking lot.
The prototype was created using Nexii’s building material Nexiite, which has comparable properties to concrete with significantly less embodied carbon, such as the vertical structure to support Siemens Sentron Busway systems that connect to power the EV chargers.