Allego signs up Siemens to support Electric Vehicle fast charging in the UK
Allego, a leading provider of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging solutions and cloud services, has appointed traffic technology supplier Siemens to support the deployment and operation of EV fast-chargers in the UK beginning with its first project in London.
As hardware supplier and service partner, Siemens will supply, commission and service the project for the first 12 months under contract to Allego. The new service agreement is supported by Siemens 24/7/365 UK Service Operation Centre, 350 trained field service engineers and rapid on site response. The engineers are also trained and qualified specifically to work on petrol forecourts to support petrol forecourt and UK service station customers.
From November 2017, Siemens started commissioning multi-standard rapid charging equipment at all pilot sites with the company’s QC45 Rapid Chargers, which combine dual DC output for both CCS and CHAdeMO integrated into a single cabinet for safe and user friendly charging of electric vehicles. With power output up to 50kW, each unit is capable of charging from 20% to 80% in less than 30 minutes.
Robust, tried and tested, Siemens technology is supported by the company’s expert engineering teams to serve the requirements of the UK EV market and continuously adapt through product developments to meet the specific needs of the petrol forecourt locations.
In collaboration with the automotive industry, government agencies, service providers and electricity network providers, Allego will manage all customer-oriented services and sales including user accounts and tariffs for the project.
According to Anne Buckingham, Head of Electromobility at Siemens, the pilot project represents one of the most significant developments in the UK market following the Government’s recent proposal to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 to tackle poor urban air quality. “Inevitably, the announcement has generated a lot of interest in the need to bring forward plans that accelerate the substitution of diesel and petrol vehicles with electric vehicles – which increases the need for greater volumes of reliable, rapid charge points,” she said.
Earlier this year, the government also set out its legislative agenda in the Queen’s Speech, and its plans to introduce a Bill on automated and electric vehicles. As well as boosting the invention, design and use of driverless cars, it wants to extend the EV charging network and encourage motorway services and major petrol stations to install more charging points for electric vehicles.
Siemens was established in the United Kingdom more than 170 years ago and now employs 15,000 people in the UK. As the world’s largest engineering company, Siemens provides innovative solutions to help tackle the world’s major challenges. Siemens has offices and factories throughout the UK, with its headquarters in Frimley, Surrey.