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Tulsa International Airport, INCOG and PSO Unveil New EV Chargers, Powering 32 Additional Electric Vehicles

April 24, 2024

Tulsa International Airport, INCOG and PSO Unveil New EV Chargers, Powering 32 Additional Electric Vehicles

 Travelers can easily make eco-conscious choices without sacrificing convenience when flying out of TUL.

 

TULSA, Oklahoma  – On this Earth Day, Tulsa International Airport proudly unveiled additional state-of-the-art Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers located in the airport’s parking garage, which will accommodate an additional 32 vehicles. This project, which was realized through a collaboration with the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG), Tulsa International Airport and Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), marks a significant milestone in the airport’s commitment to embracing green technology and providing additional services for its passengers.

Leaders from each organization spoke on their organizations’ excitement for the project, and their commitment to investing in sustainable infrastructure. To add to the fun, local dealerships had a variety of electric vehicles on display, showcasing the latest in EV technology and design.

Funding Sources and In-Kind Donations

  • INCOG: $500,000.00 (Given through a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant)
  • Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust (TUL): $632,976.35 Total hard costs = $1,131,976.35
  • PSO provided equipment such as power cables, electrical transformers and switchgear boxes to support the This tremendous gift along with their time on the project has a total value of approximately $200,000.

The additional install of the 16 new Zevtron dual, level 2, charging stations which supports 32 vehicles in Tulsa International Airport’s parking garage and one shuttle bus in the Economy Lot, is only the first stage of this project. An additional 16 chargers for the parking garage, 30 chargers in the Economy Lotand 4 shuttle bus charging stations will be installed at a later date, as the need develops.

“Our commitment to environmental responsibility is unwavering, and today’s ribbon cutting ceremony marks another milestone in our journey towards a greener tomorrow. By expanding our EV charging infrastructure, we empower travelers to make eco-conscious choices without sacrificing convenience”, said Alexis Higgins, Tulsa International Airport CEO. “This project would not have been possible without the support of both INCOG and PSO. We are so proud to have worked with them and are grateful for their generous gifts.

“INCOG is pleased to have collaborated with the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust and PSO to fund these electric vehicle charging stations. INCOG’s was able to secure and provide $500,000 in federal funding through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program for this project.” Said Tulsa County Commissioner, Karen Keith who also serves as Chair of the INCOG Board of Directors.

“As we unveil these new EV charging stations, we’re not just powering vehicles; we’re fueling a stronger future,” said Leigh Anne Strahler, President & Chief Operating Officer of PSO. “Our commitment to our customers and our communities drives us to innovate and provide a reliable charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, ensuring a brighter tomorrow.”

“We are excited to be partnering with Tulsa International Airport on this project,” said Zevtron founderBob Andrews. “Our software provides extraordinary operational flexibility, allowing the airport to manageEV charging for multiple user groups, including travelers, electric shuttles, and others that may emergein the future. It also provides flexibility to allow the airport to monetize EV charging and keep the EV revenues it earns.”

The new EV Charger project is just one of several major plans within Tulsa International Airport’s multi-year growth plan. Learn more about the other projects at http://www.propeltul.com.

 To view and download photos and videos from today’s opening event, click here. Photos and videos can be used for social media, web or on-air.

About Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust: Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust (TAIT) administers, manages and operates Tulsa International Airport (TUL) and Tulsa Riverside Airport (RVS), both of which are owned by the City of Tulsa. TAIT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, self-supporting airport system for the citizens of the Tulsa metropolitan area and surrounding region.

About Tulsa International Airport: Five air carriers offer nonstop service from TUL to 22 destinations across the country. In 2023, the airport had the highest number of annual passengers since 2008 with atotal of 3.14 million passengers. For more information visit www.flytulsa.com.

About INCOG: The Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) is a voluntary association of local and tribal governments in the Tulsa metropolitan area in northeast Oklahoma.

Established in 1967, INCOG is one of 11 Councils of Governments in the State of Oklahoma, and one of several hundred regional planning organizations across the country. INCOG provides planning and coordination services to assist in creating solutions to local and regional challenges in such areas ascomprehensive planning, transportation, community and economic development, environmental qualityand energy programs, public safety, and services for older adults. INCOG serves Creek, Osage, Rogers,Tulsa, and Wagoner counties, more than 50 cities and towns located in those counties, and the Cherokee, Muscogee, and Osage Nations.

About PSO:

PSO, a unit of American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP), is an electric utility company serving more than 572,734 customer accounts in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma, powering a cleaner, brighter energy future for its customers and 232 communities. Based in Tulsa, PSO has approximately 3,800 megawatts of diverse generating capacity that primarily includes wind and natural gas. It maintains and operates more than 24,000 miles of distribution lines and 3,700 miles of transmission lines and is one of the largest distributors of wind energy in the state. Find news releases and other information at www.PSOklahoma.com and information about electric vehicles at www.gettoknowev.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, NextDoor and Instagram @PSOklahoma.

About Zevtron: Zevtron is a leading national EV software and hardware provider based in Carlsbad, California. The company’s products and services are designed to provide flexibility, manageability, andprofitability to building owners, institutions, and parking owners who offer EV charging. Zevtron is the only leading EV provider to integrate its technology with leading parking access and revenue control equipment for easy and convenient EV charging management, and its hardware agnostic software platform allows owners to keep 100% of EV charging revenues. Zevtron can be found online at www.Zevtron.com.

SP Plus Corporation to Manage New On-Street Parking System for the City of Jackson, Mississippi

April 23, 2024

SP Plus Corporation to Manage New On-Street Parking System for the City of Jackson, Mississippi

 

 

CHICAGO, April 23, 2024  — SP+® Corporation (SP+), (Nasdaq: SP) a best-in-class technology and operations management provider of mobility services for aviation, commercial, hospitality, and institutional clients throughout North America and Europe, today announces its strategic partnership with the City of Jackson, Mississippi, to modernize and enhance the efficiency of on-street parking with a completely new and innovative system.

Available this spring, on-street parking customers will be able to pay for parking using new kiosks located throughout the city, in addition to other payment methods, including text-to-pay with their phone, or via the parking.com app. SP+ Corporation will also assist the city with parking enforcement activities. These efforts will be streamlined by providing vehicles equipped with License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology to enforce expired meter parking and time-limited parking. SP+ will also provide Parking Ambassadors to assist in educating the public on how to use the new parking system, as well as to answer any questions.

SP+ and the City of Jackson collectively developed a customized program geared towards public safety and to support downtown commerce. The new system will allow for parking space turnover and availability, providing convenience and accessibility to everyone visiting the city.

“We are excited to announce the upgrade of our parking meter system in downtown Jackson,” said Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Mayor, City of Jackson. “This modernized system will result in greater parking space availability and convenience for residents and visitors to Jackson. We look forward to this rollout and informing residents of the details.”

“We’re extremely thrilled to support the City of Jackson and bring this project to life,” said Jason Spoeth, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, SP+ Corporation. “We see this as part of a bigger picture – the continued revitalization of downtown (Jackson). We are providing the technology so residents and visitors will have flexible options in how they pay for parking.”

The City of Jackson is the capital of Mississippi, and the most populous city in the state, with upwards of 430,000 residents.

About SP+

SP+ (spplus.com) develops and integrates industry-leading technology with best-in-class operations management and support to deliver mobility solutions that enable the efficient and time-sensitive movement of people, vehicles, and personal travel belongings. With over 20,000 team members located throughout North America and Europe, SP+ is committed to providing solutions that make every moment matter for a world on the go.

SP+ CONTACT:

William Rongey
Director of Corporate Communications
wrongey@spplus.com

 

Ocra Announces Oversubscribed $3.5M Fundraise Led By Parker Technology & MCR Hotels

April 15, 2024

 

 

 

Ocra Announces Oversubscribed $3.5M Fundraise Led By Parker Technology & MCR Hotels

Today Ocra announces its successful raise of $3.5 million in strategic capital in an oversubscribed round led by Parker Technology, a leading technology-led services company in the parking industry, and MCR Hotels, the third largest hotel owner-operator in the United States.

Other strategic partners contributing to the round include Callahan Family Office, HB Companies, Helene Ventures, Long Run Capital, Sunstone Management, and more.

Originally targeted at $3 million, this oversubscribed round reflects a strong vote of confidence in the company’s vision, team, and technology.

It represents alignment from strategic investors on the team’s mission to build the API layer that connects siloed technologies to the outcomes of centralized operations and substantial revenue growth for parking operators and parking asset owners across all sectors of the industry.

“Every dollar of capital we raise is in the spirit of staying vendor-neutral and supports our vision of being the API layer of this industry,” says Ethan Glass, CEO & Co-Founder of Ocra. “This round creates alignment between our company and other industry leaders, as every investor adds tremendous value beyond the capital.”

This infusion of capital plays a crucial role in driving innovation across product lines and enriching Ocra’s centralized demand channel management platform with new features and integrations.

It also allows the company to double down on its core competencies of demand channel expertise and data-driven revenue optimization for parking assets as offered through its managed services model: Ocra CoPilot.

Additionally, this round supports the continued recruitment of top talent for Engineering, Operations, and Revenue who elevate Ocra’s service level and produce even stronger revenue outcomes for its partners.

To learn more, contact the Ocra Team at info@getocra.com.

Press Contact:

Sarah Becherer
VP Marketing

sarah@getocra.com

617-869-3817

Quercus Technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary

April 10, 2024

 

Quercus Technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary

 

 

A quarter-century bringing innovation to parking technology

 

 

 

Quercus Technologies, world leader in technological solutions for monitoring and management of parking facilities, is proud toannounce its 25th anniversary. Throughout its history, Quercus has worked at the forefront of innovation in the parking industry, providing smart, efficient solutions that have transformed the entire parking experience.

Since its establishment in 1999, Quercus has been dedicated to developing state-of-the-art technology to meet a vast range of management challenges in parking facilities around the world. With a unique combination of precision engineering, advanced software and an in-depth understanding of customer needs, Quercus has set the standards for excellence in the parking businesssector.

The celebration of Quercus Technologies’ anniversary is a major landmark that stands for the company’s commitment to excellence, innovation and customer service. It is worth noting that our equipment has been working for some time with artificial intelligence developed in-house. This integration has enabled us to offer even more sophisticated and adaptive solutions, designed to increaseefficiency, security and convenience for millions of drivers and facility operators.

We’re also taking this opportunity to announce that throughout 2024, we will be holding several events in collaboration with our staff to mark the company’s 25 years. These celebrations will consist of diverse activities, all designed as opportunities to reflect on ourfuture goals, and strengthen our bonds as a team.

On another note, we would never miss the opportunity to celebrate this special landmark with our customers and partners at theIntertraffic Amsterdam trade fair. It will be a perfect occasion to express our appreciation for their constant support and trust overthe years.

Last, we want to show our sincere gratitude to all of those who have made our achievements possible. Their dedication andcommitment have been fundamental to our success. Their support has helped us to constantly improve and evolve, putting us on apath we hope to follow for many years to come.

Contact: marketing@quercus-technologies.com

Zevtron and Chauntry Partner to Offer Groundbreaking EV Reservations Platform for Airports

April 02, 2024

 

Zevtron and Chauntry Partner to Offer Groundbreaking

EV Reservations Platform for Airports

 

 

 

Carlsbad, CA (April 2, 2024)—Zevtron, the innovative smart EV charging software and hardware solutions provider, and Chauntry, the parking reservations leader, today announced a partnership to enhance airport EV charging services. This innovative solution leverages Zevtron’s industry-leading smart EV charging software within the existing Chauntry Parkspace reservation system, enabling EV drivers to effortlessly reserve charging stations before their flights. Unlike other EV charging reservations platforms, Parkspace utilizes Zevtron’s industry-leading smart EV charging software, which allows airports to monetize EV charging, keeping all the revenue generating by charging infrastructure.

“This is an important breakthrough for airports,” said Bob Andrews, founder of Zevtron. “Now airports can retain total control over the EV assets for which they are offering prebooking. It’s no longer necessary for airports to cede control over EV charging to closed technology providers if they want to offer EV reservations. Not only will this improve airport EV services, but it will also open up new revenue streams.”

Airports can add EV charging to their existing Chauntry Parkspace portals or, if they don’t yet offer parking prebooking, they can partner with Chauntry to launch Parkspace with EV charging.

“As airports have rebounded from the pandemic, parking prebooking has become essential for improving the travel experience,” said Theresa Hughes, managing director of Chauntry. “Now, the same limited inventory challenges that make parking prebooking necessary are presented by EV charging. If you’re driving an EV to catch a flight, the last thing you need is to arrive at the airport, only to find that there are no EV chargers available. Now, airports can remove travelers’ uncertainty over whether they’ll be able to charge their EV, and the anxiety that uncertainty can cause.”

Reserving EV charging with Parkspace is simple. When flyers log into the airport’s parking portal to reserve a parking space, there will be an option to reserve charger space as well. It’s simply a matter of clicking the EV button. Then, when they arrive at the airport parking facility, they merely drive to their EV charging station, scan the code provided by the prebooking platform, and begin charging. When they return from their trip, their account will automatically be debited for both charging and the parking session. For flyers who are taking longer trips, the platform can be integrated with valet services, and the vehicle can be moved to a regular parking area when it’s fully charged.

Charging is powered by Zevtron’s industry-leading smart charging software. The software provides airports complete control over their charging stations and allowing them to collect and keep all the revues generated by EV charging.

About Chauntry

Chauntry is the world’s leading provider of parking reservations systems. Founded in 1991, Chauntry pioneered the development of innovative parking reservations solutions, and today the company continues to lead the way with the introduction of valuable new parking reservations products and services. Chauntry can be found online at www.chauntry.com.

About Zevtron

Zevtron is a leading national EV software and hardware provider based in Carlsbad, California. The company’s products and services are designed to provide flexibility, manageability, and profitability to building owners, institutions, and parking owners who offer EV charging. Zevtron is the only leading EV provider to integrate its technology with leading parking access and revenue control equipment for easy and convenient EV charging management, and its hardware agnostic software platform allows owners to keep 100% of EV charging revenues. Zevtron can be found online at www.Zevtron.com.

Parking Industry Media Pioneer, Parking Today, Welcomes New Ownership

March 12, 2024

 

 

 

Parking Industry Media Pioneer, Parking Today,

Welcomes New Ownership

 

 

Parking Today Media, the leading parking industry media company, announces a change in ownership. Kevin Uhlenhaker has purchased the company and its related outlets from founder John Van Horn.

Founded by Van Horn in 1996, Parking Today has grown to become the largest parking media company in the industry, with over 14,000 print issues delivered each month plus more than 15,000 unique visits to its digital assets, including Parknews.biz, its parking news aggregator.

“I am pleased and excited to have chosen Kevin as my successor here at Parking Today,” said Van Horn. “He brings fresh perspective, relationships and skills to accelerate Parking Today’s scope and impact. His background in entrepreneurship and parking technology will go far in jumpstarting Parking Today expansion into new offerings and markets.”

“John and his team have created the leading voice of the parking industry and I look forward to working with them to continue Parking Today’s growth with the resources to bring new avenues of spreading parking-focused news both in the US and internationally,” said Uhlenhaker. “I’m excited to build on the robust foundation and strengthen the Parking Today core suite of products for today’s parking professionals. Key to that will be prioritizing the voice of our customers and ensuring we are exceeding their expectations.”

A graduate of Texas Tech’s Rawls College of Business, Uhlenhaker began his career in parking technology at T2 Systems. He was the co-founder and CEO of NuPark, served as the CEO of Omnipark, and most recently was a Senior Vice President at Flash. He brings over two decades of experience in the parking industry. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Prior to founding Parking Today, Van Horn’s tenure has covered both sales and publishing, having led the sales team at a major PARCS company and edited a country weekly newspaper. He will remain involved in the business in a consulting function.

“It’s a testament to John’s commitment to Parking Today to remain as Editor Emeritus, which will help me continue the legacy that has made Parking Today a legend in our industry,” noted Uhlenhaker. “I am thrilled to join Parking Today as CEO and Publisher, and begin working closely with the team and valued customers.”

Contacts:

Kevin Uhlenhaker                                                                   John Van Horn

kevin@parkingtoday.com                                                jvh@parkingtoday.com

512 786 2886                                                                            310 625 5724

Flowbird: Charleston, SC Updates Its Parking System with Effortless Digital Solutions

February 26, 2024

 

 

Flowbird: Charleston, SC Updates Its Parking System with Effortless Digital Solutions

 

 

New touchscreens and mobile payment options offer faster convenience

 

 

Charleston, SC — The City of Charleston, South Carolina has announced an exciting upgrade to its parking system in partnership with Flowbird Group, the leader in curbside management and urban mobility solutions. The City is updating its parking system with modernized touch-screen pay-by-plate parking kiosks, fully equipped with the industry’s latest technology. Additionally, the City will be offering two new digital payment options, the Flowbird mobile payment app and Pay-by-Text! The upgrade is a part of City’s continued efforts to enhance the customer service experience with a modernized solution.

The updated parking system will feature solar-powered parking kiosks with a 9.7” full color touch display available in all City-owned surface lots. The touch screen display has the look and feel of a tablet, walking users step-by-step through the transaction process.

The new parking kiosks will introduce a ‘pay-by-plate’ parking system. This means that users will no longer be required to return to their car to display a receipt on the dashboard. Instead, all they need is their license plate.

“The City of Charleston is excited about the opportunity to upgrade our parking meter technology to improve the parking experience for our citizens and those who visit our wonderful city,” said Director of Traffic and Transportation Robert Somerville.

The City is also excited to announce the release of two other digital parking solutions, the Flowbird Mobile Payment App and Pay-by-Text!

The Flowbird App allows patrons to pay for parking from their mobile devices, receive text notifications when time is about to expire, and extend their time without having to visit a parking kiosk. Designed as a true mobility app, the Flowbird App features a map-based user interface, integrated with Waze and other navigation systems to guide users to their preferred parking location.

The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Pay-by-Text is an easy-to-use web-based solution that allows drivers to pay for their parking session directly from their phone – without creating an account or downloading an app!

By implementing modernized parking solutions with convenient payment options, the City will be able to better manage parking turnover and visitor influx during peak periods and provide a more user-friendly experience. The addition of digital payment options will bring a consistent and higher level of customer service to the parking public.

About Flowbird

FLOWBIRD operates in 4,350 towns and cities across 80 countries. The company is constantly innovating and breaking new ground to help provide solutions. Its mission is to facilitate the individual journey and maximize a city’s unique mobility potential, while considering all city stakeholders and end-user experiences. Through its devices, elite service platform and teams, Flowbird enables a new era for maximizing urban harmony and value throughout the city’s core.

 

Quercus Technologies: Artificial Intelligence takes control of the new SmartLPR – QAI Inside!

February 08, 2024

 

Artificial Intelligence takes control of the new SmartLPR: QAI Inside!

 

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Quercus Technologies, a forerunner in All-In-One license plate recognition cameras, is proud to announce the launch of its latest innovation, the new version of the SmartLPR system. This advanced license plate recognition system redefines industry standards, introducing novel key features that will mark a new era in vehicle recognition, while maintaining the essential characteristics for which Quercus was the first to market.

With the latest version, we’ve not only made significant improvements to the product, we’ve also changed the name of our cameras, from SmartLPR Access to SmartLPR. The change comes as a result of our decision to go back to the roots of Quercus, consolidating our identity and highlighting the constant evolution of our LPR technology. This new name also represents our determination to lead in the field of artificial intelligence applied to license plate recognition systems.

QAI_greyQuercus is consolidating its role as a forerunner by incorporating its internally-developed Artificial Intelligence technology into the core of its products: QAI Inside! The main innovation is based on the use of artificial intelligence algorithms to detect and recognize license plates (OCR).

With the latest evolution of our technology and integration of artificial intelligence, we’ve also made major improvements to the Free-flow operation mode. These optimizations are taking the camera’s reliability rate to new levels, truly enabling ticketless and barrierless systems to work perfectly. In fact, we now quantify faults in terms of incorrect license numbers per thousand read, instead of one hundred, as had been the practice until now. The combination of advanced license plate recognition capacity and the power of our artificial intelligence has boosted the accuracy and reliability of our system, contributing to more efficient all-around parking management.

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Our system now has the capacity to simultaneously read plates from an unlimited number of countries, doing away with the need to previously specify which ones it should be able to read. This advancement is a landmark, as it makes the system more flexible, and expedites its configuration.

The main goal has always been the same, simplify the experience for operators and enhance that of users. At the heart of this mission is a solid foundation of internal research and development. Our highly specialized team doesn’t just follow technological evolution: they drive it. Constant research, exploration of new frontiers, and the improvement of existing solutions are essential ingredients that define our commitment to ongoing development.

IMAGE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

Another major advancement is the taking of better-quality images, with higher levels of definition and sharpness. Compared to prior versions, images are now seen with exceptional clarity and a more attractive overall look for operators’ visual perception. Enhanced quality and brightness play a crucial role in creating more vivid, user-friendly images.

QUERCUS FIRST

Throughout the years, we have been pioneers when it comes to launching different solutions that set the pace for the industry, a sign of our undying dedication to innovating. Quercus First (QF) reflects our ongoing commitment to leading with a visionary, even revolutionary, approach.

  • Worldwide Use: With recognition in over 200 countries, this advanced license plate recognition camera redefines geographic limits. With the same model, the Smart LPR enables successful implementation in a wide range of settings and conditions, ensuring efficient, accurate responses at the international level.
  • Wide Angle Recognition: Optimal license plate recognition at hard-to-read angles.
  • Dual Lamp – Color and IR reading inside the unit. The camera ensures exceptional performance even in dim conditions, for any type of license plate (reflective and non-reflective, in color or black and white).
  • Motorized Lens: The motorized lens provides exceptional agility and unbeatable accuracy, ensuring optimal image capture in diverse conditions.
  • HRR: The SmartLPR cameras can integrate two license plate recognition units per lane, for double license plate reading. This system, based on an artificial vision algorithm, is called HRR, (High Reliability Recognition). It is a parking system that combines all the characters and digits of the front as well as the rear license plates, enabling complete recognition of the license plate number.
  • IP67: The IP67 Certification guarantees optimal performance, even in challenging weather conditions, or in cases of high levels of dust generated inside the parking facility itself. This ensures the integrity of the system and fault-free operation.

With the SmartLPR License Plate Reader, Quercus Technologies reasserts its position as a leader at the cutting edge of technology, getting the most from the power of AI to offer new license plate recognition solutions. The new era in parking technology marks another example of Quercus’ ongoing responsibility toward constant improvement and meeting the changing needs of its customers around the world.

Beam Global Announces Increase in Orders from County-Level Government Entities

January 04, 2024

Beam Global Announces Increase in Orders from County-Level Government Entities

 

SAN DIEGO  — Beam Global, (Nasdaq: BEEM, BEEMW), a leading provider of innovative and sustainable infrastructure solutions for the electrification of transportation and energy security, announced over 20% increase in new unit sales year-over-year from county-level entities with a balance of new county customers (56%) and returning repeat county customers (44%).

County parks, county hospitals, court systems, public works (water and utility), public transit centers, fleet facilities and child support services are among the recipients of the solar-powered EV ARC™ EV charging infrastructure products. Off-grid EV ARC™ systems generate and store their own electricity, and are deployed with no electrical work, no construction and no utility bill, reducing the county governments’ costs through avoided construction, electrical upgrades, operational disruptions and ongoing utility bills. The systems can continue to charge EVs during blackouts and include an optional Emergency Power Panel that can provide vital electricity to first responders during disasters, emergencies and power outages.

“County level entities have a broad area to cover and are expanding EV charging infrastructure to support sustainability initiatives, community programs, fleet electrification and emergency preparedness,” said Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley. “In the past we’ve seen strong orders for county fleet vehicles, which continue to grow, and this year we are also seeing an expansion in public charging at county parks, hospitals and civic centers, allowing more and more people to Drive on Sunshine.”

There are 3,143 counties in the United States. Beam Global is supplying EV ARC™ systems to a growing number of them and considers county governments as another significant growth opportunity. Local, state and federal government entities, including utilities and academic institutions can procure Beam Global products using the California Department of General Services (DGS) contract #1-22-61-16 which is open to government entities outside California and ensures the best negotiated pricing. Beam Global products are also on the federal General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Contract Number 47QSWA21D0006 as part of GSA’s Disaster Purchasing Program which allows state and local government entities to buy directly from all GSA Schedules to facilitate disaster preparation, response, or major disaster recovery.

About Beam Global

Beam Global is a clean technology innovator which develops and manufactures sustainable infrastructure products and technologies. We operate at the nexus of clean energy and transportation with a focus on sustainable energy infrastructure, rapidly deployed and scalable EV charging solutions, safe energy storage and vital energy security. With operations in the U.S. and Europe, Beam Global develops, patents, designs, engineers and manufactures unique and advanced clean technology solutions that power transportation, provide secure sources of electricity, save time and money and protect the environment. Headquartered in San Diego with facilities in Chicago, Belgrade and Kraljevo, Beam Global has a deep patent portfolio and is listed on Nasdaq under the symbols BEEM and BEEMW. For more information visit BeamForAll.com, LinkedIn, YouTube and X (formerly Twitter).

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Government funding awarded to project to prove EVs are assets to the grid

December 19, 2023

 

Government funding awarded to project to prove EVs are assets to the grid

 

 

 

  • The project, led by 3ti, will demonstrate that EVs plugged in at workplaces, leisure destinations, fleet depots and delivery hubs can help balance peaks in electricity supply and demand
  • Innovative ‘V2X FastHub’ will be based on 3ti’s award-winning Papilio3 pop-up mini solar car park and EV charging hub, which can be rapidly deployed in under 24 hours
  • Final phase of the project includes a six-month real-world trial using fleet of 10+ EVs as grid assets
  • Project’s DC microgrid design is significantly more cost- and energy-efficient than bi-directional AC systems, making vehicle-to-everything (V2X) energy management commercially viable in the near term and accelerating decarbonisation and net-zero goals

 

Leatherhead, 20 December 2023 – A consortium of British companies has secured £1,344,552 in government funding to explore how electricity stored in electric vehicle (EV) batteries can be used to smooth out peaks in supply and demand on the UK’s electricity grid. 3ti, the UK’s leading designer, installer, funder and operator of solar car parks (SCPs), is leading the new project funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, delivered by Innovate UK. The project is setting out to integrate bi-directional DC charging and the associated power management systems into Papilio3, a pop-up solar car park and EV charging hub. The ‘V2X FastHub’ project will be a watershed moment for future energy security, providing a clear pathway to help resolve the issue of intermittent supply from renewables by using EV batteries as grid assets.

 

The project consortium brings together renewable energy experts 3ti with advanced EV power solutions provider Turbo Power Systems (TPS), smart energy company GridBeyond, and EV & decarbonisation experts Cenex, in a 17-month collaboration to deliver a state-of-the art system, including a six-month real-world demonstration.

3ti will lead the project, delivering a customised Papilio3 with smart grid controls and a 280 kWh DC battery. TPS will harness its DC microgrid systems, managing the bi-directional charging technology through both CCS and CHAdeMO EV charge points, while GridBeyond will oversee energy management and aggregation services through its flexible Energy Management System (EMS). Cenex will host the vehicle trial, which will include the procurement of the trial vehicle fleet, data capture, analysis and final report to Innovate UK.

Specially adapted as a V2X FastHub unit for the project, 3ti’s innovative Papilio3 is a smart grid ‘in-a-box’ that can host up to 12 EVs at a time, housed within an upcycled, rapidly deployable shipping container that can be placed almost anywhere. With a solar canopy and energy storage battery, the system has already delivered in a range of applications for factories, hospitals, leisure centres and council buildings across the UK. For this particular application, Papilio3 will implement a new DC microgrid system – integrating three times faster, bi-directional DC EV charge points with a 280 kWh integral battery storage system and 20 kWp solar roof array.

Through a ‘charge-as-a-service’ business rental model, the unit simplifies installation and reduces up-front costs – or the need for long-term commitment. The result is a commercially attractive, replicable and scalable EV charging solution for a multitude of organisations, including medium dwell-time workplaces, destinations, return-to-base fleets and delivery depots. The provision of EV charging at amenity and business locations maximises revenue generation and enables the faster roll-out of EV charging while simultaneously reducing the burden on carbon-intense rapid charging infrastructure.

Mark Potter, CTO at 3ti, said, “Everybody wants more EVs on the grid. They represent a massive scale, distributed energy resource that can be used to balance real-time supply and demand. This project will prove that bi-directional EV charging can work in the real world. Connected EVs will be teamed together to act as virtual power and energy storage facilities, with each car releasing and replenishing its stored energy according to user preferences and grid demand. This generates income and cost savings, which can be passed on to our customers.”

Smart Microgrids support a more sustainable and reliable energy transition, helping the UK meet its Net Zero and Energy Security targets. This project will be the first in the world to trial a 12 charge point DC Smart Microgrid for CCS V2X based on ISO15118-20, published in April 2022. Each charge point will also support CHAdeMO for compatibility with existing vehicles. This innovative set-up will provide faster, bi-directional EV charging at speeds up to ±30 kW, with much higher power and round-trip energy efficiency than AC solutions.

Potter continues, “Being able to recharge at 30 kW is critical to success in this market. In destination charging, most EVs will only charge at 7 or 11 kW using AC, even if the charge point is rated at 22 kW. Being able to charge at 30 kW regardless of vehicle limitations makes more energy available for V2X export without impacting the overall net charge.

“With DC microgrid V2X, meaningful energy and power levels can make it worthwhile to the asset owners, also offering up to 95% round-trip efficiency – compared to typically 60-70% in the AC domain. The key to unlocking V2X value is having lower OpEx and CapEx, and this project will deliver both.

Dr. Matthew Knight, Principal Technical Specialist at Cenex, said, “With almost a decade of experience in developing V2X technology, Cenex is excited to bring a novel concept to life in this space. We’re creating pre-fabricated hub solutions that integrate renewable generation, energy storage, and the latest bidirectional EV charging technology to maximise energy use and value while reducing emissions.

 

“In this project, our role as a Research & Technology Organisation involves running a technology demonstration, focus group workshops, trial data collection, technical analysis and business case modelling. Thereby embodying our commitment to identifying and evaluating solutions that drive both the commercial and technical viability of V2X through public dissemination in the multitude of forms Cenex is renowned for.”

 

Micheal Phelan, CEO at GridBeyond, said, “GridBeyond are delighted to be participating in this innovative, ground breaking project which will help demonstrate the potential of vehicle to grid technology and how it can help support a low carbon grid of the future. We are excited to be working alongside key stakeholders and partners to bring all our expertise together for future market insight

Dr Nigel Jakeman, Engineering and Business Development Director at Turbo Power Systems, said:  “It’s both gratifying and exciting to see the world first advanced EV charging technology we have developed on the back of our 40 plus years at the forefront of power solutions, being used within a partnership of true innovators to create a system which will play a pivotal role in decarbonisation and solving climate change, one of the biggest threats our planet faces today.”

The V2X FastHub project, part of the V2X Innovation Programme, is funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, delivered by Innovate UK. The V2X Innovation Programme is part of the up to £65m Flexibility Innovation Programme, funded from the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.

 

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About 3ti

3ti is the UK’s leading designer, installer, funder and operator of Solar Car Parks (SCPs). 3ti has a unique three technology (“3t”) approach to generating renewable energy from car parks.

By integrating local mains electricity with solar power, Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) and EV charge points, 3ti provides secure, consistent, clean solar energy for businesses whilst simultaneously providing low carbon, fast EV charging infrastructure for employees, suppliers, customers and the general public.

3ti is passionate about renewable energy and believes that providing low carbon EV charging infrastructure is the key to decarbonising the transport sector.

Solar energy from car parks is a low cost, low carbon and innovative way to power buildings and EV chargers, enabling customers to generate their own renewable energy and work towards achieving net zero emissions.

The 3ti team is responsible for the two largest SCPs in the UK, at Bentley Motors, Crewe and JP Morgan Chase, Bournemouth, is working on multi-site projects for the Ministry of Defence, and has already installed around 15 MWp of solar PV across almost 3,000 parking spaces around the country.

 

About Cenex

Cenex, established as the UK’s Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies in 2005, lowers emission in transport & associated energy infrastructure and operates as an independent, not-for-profit research technology organisation (RTO) and consultancy.

Our independent experts find the right solutions that reduce pollution, increase efficiency and lower costs, and offer informed commentary on the latest policies, technologies and innovations.

About Turbo Power Systems

Turbo Power Systems (TPS) is a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge power conversion systems with applications for industry, transport and energy. We design and manufacture everything in-house at our 55,000sqft facility in Gateshead, shipping our products worldwide.

Our 40-year track record in the development and deployment of power electronics and electrical machines has seen us deliver innovative solutions to- and in collaboration with- some of the world’s most important businesses.

About GridBeyond 

GridBeyond’s vision is to deliver a global zero carbon future. By leveraging AI, we innovate and collaborate with our customers to create optimal value from energy generation, demand and storage to deliver a zero-carbon future.

By bridging the gap between distributed energy resources and electricity markets, GridBeyond’s technology means every connected asset – whether utility-scale renewables generation, battery storage, or industrial load – can be utilised to help maximise opportunities and enhance the grid. By intelligently dispatching flexibility into the right market, at the right time, asset owners and energy consumers unlock new revenues and savings, resilience, and management of price volatility, while supporting the transition to a Net Zero future.

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