ANNAPOLIS, Dec. 1, 2011 – Johns Hopkins University and SemaConnect, a leading developer and producer of smart networked electric vehicle charging stations and sophisticated electric vehicle (EV) station software, today announced the installation of several ChargePro EV charging stations at JHU’s South Garage.
“Our ChargePro charging stations are a perfect fit for universities,” said Mahi Reddy, CEO of SemaConnect. “Students, faculty, staff and guests at Johns Hopkins will now have an easy, safe and reliable way to power the new generation of electric vehicles.”
The Maryland Energy Administration allocated approximately $600,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to aid the development and integration of electric transportation into Maryland’s transportation system. The investment resulted in the construction of sixty-five charging stations throughout the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, providing the necessary infrastructure to allow electric vehicle owners to travel throughout the region. The Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative (BEVI) in partnership with SemaConnect is developing fifty-five electric charging stations.
“We are excited to offer electric charging stations for what we hope is a growing list of vehicles. Currently, the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Toyota’s Plug-in Prius use this type of adapter and future electric vehicles will also standardize on this design. We have had the opportunity to test the chargers and they are extremely convenient and easy to use,” said Greg Smith, Associate Director at Homewood Facilities Management.
The need for convenient, public charging is growing fast as most major automakers are already producing electric cars, or will be in the near future. The early focus on EV infrastructure has been on installing charging equipment in homes and municipal garages. However, many urban locations don’t have access to home or garage units, and all EV drivers need to have the confidence they can find a charge if their battery runs low while they are on the road.
Specifically designed for commercial-grade applications, SemaConnect’s ChargePro Charging Station is a sleek, compact charging unit that is easily installed and integrated into developing and existing facilities at multifamily, office, retail, fleet and municipal parking locations.
This intelligent, network-based EV charging system features:
• Smart card authentication – for open or restricted access.
• Smart Grid Integration – for easy energy metering and demand response.
• Automatic billing/payment system – for easy revenue generation.
• Easy Installation – use our turnkey solution or your own contractor.
About Johns Hopkins University
The mission of The Johns Hopkins University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life- long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world. Exploration and discovery have formed the core of the undergraduate experience at Johns Hopkins ever since its founding in 1876. Students challenge the frontiers of every subject imaginable, with the resources of Baltimore and Washington, DC, at their fingertips, from the comfort of a close-knit campus community. The nearly 5,000 undergraduate students on the Homewood campus choose from 50 majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.
About SemaConnect, Inc.
SemaConnect is a leading provider of electric vehicle charging stations and sophisticated software for station owners and electric vehicle drivers. Our ChargePro Charging Stations utilize CDMA and Zigbee Wireless technology and offer advanced features such as smart-grid integration, RFID card authentication, sustainability reporting and more. To purchase your charging station, contact us at (410) 384 – 4223, or visit www.SemaConnect.com. Follow us on Twitter @Sema_Connect and learn more about EV infrastructure on our YouTube Channel, SemaConnect.