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Utility pole-mounted EV chargers help turn Melrose green

Data suggests that mounting the EVSE chargers at 10-feet elevation on wooden utility-owned poles will reduce installation costs compared to ground-mounted stations by 70 per cent.

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Installed station includes the EVSE charger in single or dual configuration
Installed station includes the EVSE charger in single or dual configuration

The city of Melrose, Massachusetts, is to install 16 electric vehicle (EV) chargers as another step in moving the community closer to achieving its net zero 2050 goal.

 

Early data suggests that mounting the EVSE chargers at 10-feet elevation on wooden utility-owned poles will reduce installation costs compared to ground-mounted stations by as much as 70 per cent. The single- and dual electric vehicle chargers with their, retractable cable design will also help save Melrose money, the company reports.

 

Ease of servicing

 

The installed station includes the EVSE charger in single or dual configuration, gateway with cellular modem for communication, and mounting backplate with power disconnect for ease of servicing. At ground level is a QR code for easy driver scanning using a smartphone and AmpUp app.

 

Users open the EVSE mobile app on their phone and scan the QR code located on the pole at ground level. Once the QR code is scanned, the charging cable automatically extends and lowers to ground level. The cable is 25 feet (7.6 metres) in length and can extend to a length of two parking spaces.

 

After reaching for the connector, the driver presses the connector latch, and while depressing it, walks the automatically extending cable to the connector inlet on the vehicle. Releasing the latch when enough cable has been extended, the cable is plugged into the vehicle. When the driver is ready to leave, the connector is removed from the vehicle and automatically retracts into the elevated charging station.

“With our electric vehicle chargers, municipalities can eliminate digging and related construction activities, avoid pedestrian injury, and reduce or eliminate damage to the equipment from vehicles and vandals”

While the charging stations have proven durable, claims EVSE, it also has made servicing the charging station simple, if necessary. The technician can repair or remove the charger by cutting power at the local backplate breaker and easily mount a new charger on its backplate. This is safer for the technician and saves cost over the lifetime of the equipment.

 

“We are truly elated to be at the forefront of bringing a clean energy future to our community,” said John Fahy, president, EVSE. “With our electric vehicle chargers, municipalities can eliminate digging and related construction activities, avoid pedestrian injury, and reduce or eliminate damage to the equipment from vehicles and vandals.”

 

The electric vehicle chargers are scheduled to be installed by mid-summer 2021.

 

EVSE designs and manufactures electric car charging stations and charging support equipment in the US at its headquarters in Enfield, Connecticut. With a full line of electric vehicle charging stations, networking options, and support equipment, EVSE offers rugged, public EV charging solutions that are configurable to the installation requirement.

 

EVSE is a division of Control Module Inc (CMI). Founded in 1969, CMI has developed products that are used worldwide for workforce management, fleet management, and electric vehicle charging.

 

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