Georgia city embarks on EV infrastructure installation in smart city push

eMobility consultancy, Hubject and city leaders at Peachtree Corners, Ga., have worked together to create a comprehensive electrification plan for what they say will be one of the first true smart city environments in the United States.

Taking into consideration the EV charging needs of the city’s residents, businesses and visitors now and into the future, the holistic electrification model can serve as a clear example for other municipalities and counties, said the company. The inaugural project is a state-of-the-art EV fast-charging plaza capable of fast-charging up to 16 vehicles simultaneously.

In June of 2020, city leaders engaged Hubject to provide guidance and technical support in developing a future-proof EV charging plan. After analysis, Hubject determined that Peachtree Corners was essentially an EV fast-charging desert, especially when considering the growing statistics concerning electric vehicle ownership in and around the city.

The company analyzed the city’s residential, business and retail layout, as well as traffic patterns and electrical capacity to identify the ideal location for a charging plaza. Located at Peachtree Corners Town Center, the charging plaza selected offers extensive shopping and dining options. Twelve Tesla V3 Superchargers are now operational at the plaza and four universal charging stations, two 350 kW chargers and two 150 kW chargers, will go live in the new year.

By early January, the plaza will be capable of charging all types of EV models. This plaza will be one of the largest public charging facilities in the state of Georgia and the largest in the Metropolitan Atlanta area.

“More than 55,000 vehicles a day will pass by the new charging hub via a main corridor, reflecting our initiative’s immense impact on the larger region, in addition to Peachtree Corners residents,” said Brian Johnson, city manager.

The chargers installed were funded by the charging network providers.

“As EV adoption increases exponentially, both in Georgia and nationally, our infrastructure will have to grow rapidly to support the needs of drivers and business owners,” said Tim Echols, Public Service Commissioner for the State of Georgia. “We’re excited to see progressive municipalities like Peachtree Corners leading the way by working with partners like Hubject to create infrastructure models that can be used as learning tools within the state.” 

The partnership between Hubject and Peachtree Corners is set to continue into 2021 as the electrification plan continues to roll out.

“As one of the first real-world smart cities in the country, we pride ourselves in leading the way with ‘firsts’ — from fully autonomous electric shuttles driving alongside regular vehicles, the world’s first fleet of teleoperated e-scooters deployed for residents to now the largest EV charging hub in the entire Metro Atlanta area,” said Brandon Branham, chief technology officer and assistant city manager of Peachtree Corners.

“We enjoy working with motivated and forward-thinking municipalities because together we are able to efficiently create a well-planned electrification strategy that supports the entire city”, said Thomas Doran, Senior Director of Hubject North America. “We hope that this project with Peachtree Corners will inspire other municipalities nationwide to actively begin planning their city’s electric vehicle infrastructure, ensuring residents and businesses are able to easily electrify.”

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