Siemens To Offer Employees Free EV Charging In 2017

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Starting in early 2017, the industrial giant Siemens will begin offering free electric vehicle charging to employees at up to 100 company locations in Germany, according to a new press release from Siemens.

Since the press release makes a point of specifying this, I will as well — the offer extends to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) as well, not just to all-electrics (EVs).

The press release provides more: “To reduce their carbon footprint, the charging points will supply electricity only from renewable energy sources. The electricity and the use of the charging stations will be free in 2017. Thereafter, Siemens will decide on future electricity pricing from year to year — enabling the company to react flexibly to cost developments and other factors such as government subsidies.”

The offer will utilize the existing Siemens plug-in vehicle charging network, which the company is currently working to expand. This charging network includes some fast-charging stations as well as normal destination chargers.

“A Siemens ID card is all that is needed to use the charging stations. However, only vehicles registered in the name of Siemens employees or their family members may be charged. For the future, the company is aiming to link the charging stations via an international network so that using a company ID card to charge car batteries will be just as easy at Siemens locations outside Germany as it is within the country’s borders. The charging stations are equipped with smart charging technology and software from Siemens that integrate an electricity meter, billing and user identification.”

This free employee EV charging promotion will initially be available only to those in Germany, but it may be expanded elsewhere at a later point.

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