Sunday, April 25, 2021

Verdek Electrifies Ithaca NY Bus Lines

 

Verdek Electrifies Ithaca NY Bus Lines
Verdek is pleased to announce the completion of our bus line electrification project in Ithaca, NY, which includes installations of seven Proterra 125kW charging stations alongside TCAT's new fleet of Proterra ZX5 Catalyst electric buses.

TCAT is one of several projects that will serve as Verdek's blueprint moving forward for many similar bus electrification endeavors for the company throughout the US.

If you are seeking such a solution for your electric bus fleets, please do not hesitate to get in touch via e-mail or phone:
+1 (888) 336-3734
Project Mission

Verdek, TCAT, Proterra, and NYPA worked together to deliver a path to sustainability for Ithaca's busy public bus transportation routes, which in 2019 served 4.2 million rides, a 54% increase from the previous year. Our electric solution supports a brand new fleet of Proterra ZX5 Catalyst e-Buses to be deployed in Summer 2021.

TCAT's bus lines operate 22- ½ hours a day, seven days a week and 360 days a year, with only five days of downtime per year for holidays. This power-demanding operation schedule necessitated the need for a sustainable electric solution and Proterra's overnight, automated charging system complemented this need perfectly.

Ithaca's network of bus lines primarily serves riders to Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College, as well as the numerous retail, entertainment, commercial, residential and professional centers that serve those communities.

The economic and environmental impact of bus line electrification will greatly impact the long-term health and sustainability of one of Upstate New York's largest population centers.


Our Turnkey Solution

The TCAT project was a fully turnkey solution provided by Verdek, from the initial engineering drawings to the city permitting, site construction, training, and ongoing stationse.

Verdek's technical support team will monitor these installations moving forward using a remote online portal which receives real-time updates on charger status and provides the site owner full control over the operation schedule of the stations.

This online portal also monitors the charge level and charging demand for all e-buses in the fleet, giving priority to buses most in need of charging and scheduling them earlier in the queue.

The system also monitors energy costs, allowing the site owner to select the most economical times to charge, or the times that work best for the fleet hours of operation.

This electric fleet charging solution is included with every new Verdek project.
About Verdek

Founded in 2008, Verdek Green Technologies is a nationally-known provider of EV charging solutions, with over 4,000 completed installations across the US.

We are equipped to handle large scale installations of DC-fast and ultra-fast charging stations for highway corridors, bus depots, or other large scale fleet infrastructure projects.

To learn more about Verdek’s EV charging solutions for your commercial fleets, depots, or off-highway applications, please contact us at info@verdek.com or +1 (888) 336-3734

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Verdek Green Technologies Completes DC Fast Charging Infrastructure Project in Utah

 Verdek Green Technologies Completes DC Fast Charging Infrastructure Project in Utah

Verdek is happy to announce the completion of eleven DC fast charging sites for the Utah Department of Transportation, located not only along the main highway corridors of the state including I-15, I-70, and I-80, but also in strategic locations along southern touristic routes (see map left).

Each site is equipped with 2 ChargePoint CPE250 62.5KW DC fast chargers paired to deliver 125kW. All sites also include pairs of ChargePoint CT4000 level 2s for convenience charging.

All stations are now in operation and accessible through the Chargepoint and PlugShare Apps. We're already seeing testimonials from happy EV drivers on various charging app reviews.
 
Verdek and UDOT’s objectives for this project were to create a unified, coordinated, and responsible EV infrastructure strategy for the advancement of EV charging across Utah, with the overarching goal of improving air quality through increased zero emission transportation throughout the state.

Allowing for the continued increase of EVs and electric hybrids within the State Fleet, as well as personal EVs owned by Utah residents and tourists, Utah’s Fleet EV Expansion Team provided technical and infrastructure support and expertise in the development of this plan.

 

As Utah continues to be a popular location for travel, especially amongst those who want to experience the outdoors, the increased availability of EV charging stations within the Utah highway system facilitates access to the state’s wide range of visitor destinations, including popular sites such as Bryce Canyon and the national parks of Southern Utah, to all the national monuments, recreation areas, forests, state parks, and base camp towns.
 
It is with great pride that we add this project to our resume of more than 4,000 installations completed nationwide, the most recent of which have been large-scale installations of DC-fast and ultra-fast charging stations for highway corridors, bus depots, and other large scale fleet infrastructure projects.

To learn more about Verdek’s EV charging solutions for your commercial fleets, depots, or off-highway applications, please contact us at info@verdek.com or +1 (888) 336-3734

Friday, October 23, 2020

Verdek Green Technologies completes the installation of first DC Ultra-Fast chargers at Tops Friendly Market in Lagrangeville NY

 

Verdek Green Technologies completes the installation of first DC Ultra-Fast chargers at Tops Friendly Market in Lagrangeville NY

 

Verdek Green Technologies announced the completion of the installation of 4 DC Ultra-Fast DC chargers at Tops Friendly Market in Lagrangeville NY. The site is strategically located right off the Taconic Parkway at Highway 55. Drivers will be able to shop at Tops or walk 2 minutes to Downtown Lagrangeville. This is the first of 200 NYPA’s (New York Power Authority) installations that will allow EV drivers to move with confidence around New York State.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the first NY Evolve site took place on September 22 with the presence of Kathy Hochul, New York’s Lieutenant Governor who drove for the occasion a Chevy Bolt and Gil Quinones, NYPA President/CEO. They both underlined the importance of Evolve New York initiative to create a statewide network of 200 charging sites conveniently located to facilitate the adoption of EVs and New York’s commitment to a decarbonized future.

The ABB Terra HP are the most advanced ultra-fast DC chargers. They are dual chargers with the CCS and CHAdeMO connectors that can charge any EV, including Teslas using the CHAdeMO adapter.

The Terra HP has ultra-high current charging capability and can charge both 400 V and 800 V cars at full power. With 375 A output, a single power cabinet can charge a 400 V car at full 150 kW continuously. With Dynamic DC power sharing technology, a two-power cabinet Dynamic DC charger configuration can charge two EVs simultaneously, distributed between two charge posts, with up to 350 kW and 500 A available, while optimizing the available grid connection. The Lagrangeville installation offers the Dynamic Charging feature the allows charging the new generation of  EVs (Audi e-Tron and Porsche Taycan) at 800 V  and in the case of the Porsche Taycan the ABB Terra HP will charger up to 270KW which is the max power that the Porsche can take. 

The ABB Terra HP chargers offer a fueling experience close to the one of a gas-powered vehicle.

NYPA has a promotional rate of $0.01/KWH through te end of 2020. EV drivers can use GreenLots RFID cards, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and any credit cards.

Verdek is a national EV Charging Solution Provider specialized in turnkey project from Multi-Family Properties to DC Ultra Fast chargers on and off-highways to eBuses. Verdek provides engineering, construction, after sales service and technical support.















Monday, October 19, 2020

JFK International Airport Installation

 

October 16, 2020

Verdek completes the installation of 4 Chargepoint CPE250 Express at JFK International Airport

Verdek announced the completion of the installation of 4 DC Fast Charging stations that will charge Proterra electric buses at JFK International Airport. The Port Authority of New York will use the Proterra buses to transport passengers to their departure concourses.

The Chargepoint CPE 250 are the latest generation of DC Fast Chargers designed to deliver 62.5 KW as single stations or 125KW when 2 stations are paired together. For this installation Verdek configured the stations to work in pairs to benefit of their maximum performance.

The chargers are in the parking lot of Building 141 next to an incredibly special place, a memorial from the Twin Towers and September 11, clearly visible in on of the enclosed pictures.

Verdek is a national EV Charging Solution Provider specialized in turnkey projects.


 




 


While these chargers can also charge Teslas, they will be temporarily bus-only.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Testing the Limits of Tesla Range on My Trip to NY




The November 10 headline In Green Car Report says “Report from Germany: Tesla years ahead, German automakers falling behind.”

Well…on November 14 I corroborated myself that Tesla leadership is real, and it will take a while for any other car manufacturer to match it.

I live in Madison CT and I had to drive to Ithaca NY (285 miles) for a meeting in Ithaca NY. I have gone many times New York (95 miles) o Boston (120 miles) but never this far. It also was my first trip with cold temperature. The morning I left it was 20 F.

I  started my journey at 4:30 am with 350 miles available. Normally  I have used 300-330 Whr (watts per hour) per mile driven but with the cold weather I noticed we started with 450-500 Whr.

I set the destination and the computer calculated the route, found all Tesla Super Chargers on the road and suggested to stop in Roscoe NY after 164 miles. I decided instead to stop in Middletown NY after 135 miles. It was 6:30am and I was ready for a cup of coffee. I had 150 miles left when I stop and restarted with 250 miles after 20 minute. I also stopped for approx. 10 minutes in Roscoe for a coffee refill. Then I went all the way to Ithaca where I arrived at the Tesla super chargers with approx. 20% left. I charged the car for 45 minutes and left for my meeting. I will tell you more about my meeting in the future. On my way back the computer planned a stop in NewburghNY.  This is a very busy charging location. There were only 2 out of the 8 stations available. The computer was telling me to stop for 20 minutes and then stop for 15 minutes in Orange CT. I decided that I would stay longer enough so that I would make it back home with no more stops. I charged for 30 minutes and I made it back home.

My experience on the road was the living testimony of the headline on Green Car Report a few days early. It will take a while until any other electric car will be able to go from Madison CT to Ithaca NY and come back in the same day.

Tesla has close to 6,500 super chargers in the US.

Electrify America states that it will have 2,000 super chargers by the end of 2019, EVGO has approx. 1,200.

It will take a while until any alternative charging network will be able to match Tesla’s network.
It will be very important for the growth of these vehicles. It is true that most of the time home charging the prevailing mode but if you want you use an EV like any other cars the charging infrastructure becomes critical. 200 new EV models will be launched in to the US market in the next 2 years and many more DC fast chargers will be needed to allow drive across the US just as I was able to do with my Tesla.

Verdek is Nationwide provider of EV charging infrastructure with offices in CT, CO, TX, AZ and CA.
  
Tesla Middletown NY

Tesla Roscoe

Tesla Newburgh

Tesla Ithaca

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Congress Urged to Reinstate Alt-Fuel Tax Credit



One of the main factors enticing people to make the switch to electric vehicles is the incentives provided by the government. In mid-January, Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVA) called on Congress to reinstate the Alternative Fuels Tax Credit (ATFC), which provided tax relief at a rate of $0.50 on the gallon for using alternative fuels.

During an administration which has sought to cut back regulations on the fossil fuel industry, these tax credits are sorely needed in order to boost both interest and investment in EV technologies. As this credit lapsed December 31st, 2017, an extension to these clean air investment incentives would pair nicely with several car manufacturers entering the EV market in 2019. With increased affordability and variety of electric vehicles, in combination with tax incentives, we'll see great benefits for the industry in the years to come.

Read more at the NGT news site here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Expansion of Food Waste Separation in NYC
The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) recently published a proposed rule that aims to expand organic waste source separation. According to the proposal, food scraps and other organic waste make up more than one-third of all commercial waste in NYC. “Diverting this material from landfills to use for soil enhancing compost, or as an energy source in aerobic and anaerobic digesters, is a key component of the city’s goal of sending zero waste to landfills by the year 2030,” said the DSNY in the proposal. The MicroboxBio is a great solution to treat raw gas from the anaerobic digesters.