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Siemens employees in Germany to get free EV charging in 2017

Beginning in 2017, Siemens employees at as many as 100 of the company's locations in Germany will be able to recharge their electric vehicles free of charge. This will apply not only to all-electric vehicles but also to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. For this service, Siemens will use its existing network of charging stations, which it is expanding with normal and high-speed charging stations.

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.

“Free charging” will first be available only at Siemens locations in Germany—for example, Nuremberg-Erlangen, the greater Munich area, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Braunschweig and Mülheim an der Ruhr.

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 could become a new trend, as far as perks of employment. How many of us would make employment choices today if one employer offered free fill-ups at work and the other didn't?

Siemens commitment to only use clean electricity generation is also a plus for exhibiting a positive cultural environment.

I seem to recall that Daimler is also installing charging networks in the areas where they have facilities and mandating that their executive car drivers drive electrified vehicles. Another move towards enhancing the presence of electrified vehicles in the marketplace.

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