‘Sky’ Network for Charging with Minimal Grid Impact,
Preparation Too for Larger, Heavier EV Fleet to Come
Greenlots will provide a network of more than 100 electric vehicle chargers as the Los Angeles Police Department fields an initial 100 all-battery BMW i3 vehicles.
The network will help the city learn how best put electricity to work for vehicle power as it adds more and larger EVs under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainability Plan, known as pLAn. Not quite qualified as full-fledged patrol vehicles, the 100 BMW i3 cars will be used for LAPD administrative work (F&F, May 10).
Greenlots is to supply 100 Level 2 chargers and four DC fast chargers to LAPD, and integrate its software with LAPD’s fleet management program, providing a custom fleet charging and reporting system.
Largest EV Fleet for Police to Date
“This will represent the largest electric vehicle fleet and charging installation to ever serve a police department and underscores the City’s dedication to improving Los Angles air quality by adopting innovative transportation solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Greenlots said this morning
Under pLAn, Los Angeles has a 50% EV procurement guideline for all new light duty fleet vehicles, rising to 80% by 2025. Greenlots says that its Sky network will manage the charging to minimize both costs and the impact on the electricity grid, reducing ToC – total cost of ownership.
“When the LAPD building is nearing peak capacity, Sky will reduce the charging load based on priority, allowing LAPD to optimally charge electric vehicles while avoiding overloading the building,” Greenlots says.
“You can throttle the load to a charge station and incentivize people to charge according to grid conditions,” says Greenlots CEO Brett Hauser. For fleets, “It’s about understanding which vehicle needs to be charged according to its priority.”
Infrastructure Costs Reduced
“By using our system, you’re able to defer or avoid expensive infrastructure investments,” Hauser told F&F – organizations like LAPD – and greater Los Angeles – can avoid immediate investment in trenching, conduit, and transformers.
“You have to look at the holistic situation,” Hauser says. The Sky system, he says, takes “infrastructure requirements and impediments” into account.
LAPD’s goal is to add 500 more vehicles over the next five years. Lessons learned will be applicable to the broader pLAn scheme as well.
Rachel Moses is infrastructure solutions director at Greenlots.
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Source: Greenlots with Fleets & Fuels follow-up