ATLANTA—Siemens recently announced its commitment to invest in and expand its U.S. manufacturing operations to support electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in America. The company said in a release that it will bolster its existing EV infrastructure manufacturing footprint with the VersiCharge Level 2 AC series product line of commercial and residential EV chargers. With this addition, Siemens is preparing to manufacture more than 1 million electric vehicle chargers for the United States over the next four years.
Siemens’ investment is part of the company’s strategic plan to meet accelerating demand for electric vehicle charging, expand its manufacturing capabilities, and increase transportation electrification job opportunities at all levels in the United States. The new facility will be the company’s third U.S. eMobility® hub, and is projected to support 100 jobs across the manufacturing site and regional supply chain. Siemens is currently conducting local site evaluations, the company said in the release.
“We’re incredibly encouraged by the continued commitment from the Administration and the Senate’s bipartisan approval of a historic $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes a $7.5 billion investment to construct electric vehicle stations,” said John DeBoer, head of Siemens eMobility solutions and Future Grid Business in North America, in the release. “Siemens is answering the call to accelerate EV charging production in the United States. This latest manufacturing investment proves Siemens will continue to support crucial improvements in America’s infrastructure, manufacturing, and electrified transportation that will make our economy more resilient, competitive, and sustainable.”
Siemens plans to identify a location this year and bring a facility online to begin manufacturing AC chargers in the United States in early 2022, according to the release.
“At Siemens, we are developing technologies that truly transform the everyday, and as America embraces electrified transportation, we are ensuring the infrastructure is in place to support it,” said Ruth Gratzke, president of Siemens Smart Infrastructure U.S., in the release. “To meet this moment, Siemens is enthusiastically investing in the growth of our U.S. eMobility footprint that will help advance our nation’s climate policy while adding green jobs to the American workforce.”
The plant will serve as a counterpart to Siemens’ existing operations in Wendell, North Carolina, where the company manufactures charging products for buses, trucks, and heavy-duty electric vehicles. In 2019, Siemens expanded the 272,000-square-foot Wendell facility to manufacture DC fleet EV chargers, adding more than 50 jobs. The Wendell location also works with local educational institutions, including North Carolina State University and Wake Tech Community College, for training and workforce development.
Siemens’ sites across Texas, California, and South Carolina develop make-ready electrical infrastructure equipment and technology that are said to “seamlessly couple with the charging solutions.” At its research and development headquarters in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, the Siemens eMobility solutions team explores cutting-edge electric vehicle opportunities. It also develops and tests charging technologies to ensure the interoperability and accessibility of its solutions, the company said.
Siemens said in the release that it continues to show its commitment to building strong domestic electrification through its Siemens eMobility Partner Ecosystem. The ecosystem is said to include more than 25 electric vehicle service providers (EVSPs), installers, and project developers, as well as EV original equipment manufacturers, fully support the future of transportation electrification.
Siemens eMobility solutions include AC and DC chargers that are deployed in all 50 states. They range from in-home chargers to depots and charging infrastructure systems that power electrified bus lines in some of the largest cities in the country. The Siemens PlugtoGrid™ eMobility product portfolio encompasses charging infrastructure hardware, electrical equipment, software, and services in the EV market across North America. The solutions are geared to maximize the abilities of EVs to act as distributed energy resources, and to enable the effective harnessing of renewable sources, the company said in the release.