Liberty Access Technologies has shipped Hydra Control Units to Ronald Reagan National Airport

Electric vehicle owners will have access to 50 more Level 2 EV chargers at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Santa Barbara, CA – December 7, 2019

Liberty Acess Technologies, the maker of the cutting edge HYDRA electric vehicle control system, recently sold its EV charging system to Ronald Reagan National Airport.

The airport will be deploying 5 HYDRA Control Units to meter and provide continuous metering and management of 50 Clipper Creek EV chargers in the long term parking structure at the Washington DC airport.

“This sale and delivery of our HYDRA product along with the highly regarded ClipperCreek EV chargers is a testament to a product with a reputation for reliability in all sorts of environments and with constant use,” said Chris Outwater, the CEO of Liberty Access.

Chris further adds that the HYDRA system will only be doing metering in the initial phase to collect and supply data to the airport management. This will allow them to further analyze and study the charging patterns of airport parkers and help create a smooth charging experience.

Will Barrett of ClipperCreek adds, “Clipper Creek is excited to be part of the new EV charging system at Ronald Reagan airport. Clipper strives to offer the most reliable chargers in the industry and we are pleased that the airport authority has chosen our chargers.”

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is, along with Washington Dulles International Airport, part of a two-airport system that provides domestic and international air service for the Washington DC and surrounding regions.

The installation of these EV charging systems comes as part of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s green initiative which looks to reduce the environmental impact of automobile emissions.

Liberty Access Technologies Selected to Provide HYDRA Systems for Arizona Public Service (APS) Employee Charging

Liberty’s HYDRA EV charging system and ClipperCreek have proven that they can take the heat.

Santa Barbara, CA – November 20, 2019/ Liberty Access Technologies (Liberty) is proud to announce that it has been selected to supply its HYDRA EV charging system featuring ClipperCreek HCS-40 charging stations for all Arizona Public Service (APS) employee charging. This decision is based on the equipment’s durability and ability to withstand harsh conditions in addition to its ease of use and advanced functionality.

APS, Arizona’s largest electric utility, had previously installed HYDRA systems at their Palo Verde Nuclear Station and their service center in Prescott. APS was initially concerned with the thermal safety and durability of EV charging systems, many of which fail when exposed to the extreme desert heat during summer months.

However, after prolonged successful operation of the HYDRA systems at the Palo Verde and Prescott sites, APS has chosen Liberty and charger manufacturer ClipperCreek as their preferred providers for employee charging and will be adding HYDRA systems across all of APS’s sites.

“We are always striving to bring additional value and solutions to our customers,” said Will Barrett, the Director of Sales at ClipperCreek. “Our materials and in-house manufacturing ensure that our EV chargers can provide excellent performance even in the summer climate. Liberty’s HYDRA has proven to be a durable smart charging product in these sites”.

Employee charging systems will be installed or expanded in metropolitan Phoenix and surrounding areas, with the first new HYDRA system installation scheduled for the Deer Valley Center. In the coming months, Liberty will be supplying up to 7 HYDRA EV charging systems, along with access control and billing services for the rapidly growing number of APS employees who are choosing to go electric and drive EVs.

Chris Outwater, CEO of Liberty said, “The adoption of EVs is rapidly accelerating across the United States and we are very excited to work with APS to increase their EV charging sites for employees.”

Arizona Public Service Company is the largest electric utility in Arizona and the principal subsidiary of publicly traded S&P 500 member Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, which had been formerly named AZP Group.

For more information, please visit http://www.libertyaccesstechnologies.com.

Liberty Access Technologies Announces More School Bus Charging Projects

Santa Barbara, CA – November 15, 2019: Liberty Access Technologies (LAT) reported they have shipped 5 HYDRA-RX AC Fast Charger Controllers to 4 school districts who are preparing to receive new electric school buses. Rescue Union School District received two HYDRA-RX systems with a total of 14 charging stations, Exeter Unified received one HYDRA-RX system with 10 chargers while Eureka Union and Calaveras Unified School Districts each received one HYDRA-RX system for 3 charging stations.

“These deliveries mark the real start of the campaign to provide our children with a clean and safe school transportation system.” Said Chris Outwater, President of LAT who added “The transition to electric school buses requires a coordinated effort on the part of utilities, charger makers, the bus OEMs, their dealers and school district transportation management. We’re proud to be in the vanguard of this rapidly growing national movement.”

The HYDRA-RX is a local controller specifically designed to control high output alternating current (AC) charging stations that provide over twice the charging power of standard AC chargers. The extra power is needed to charge the much larger battery packs of electric school buses, both overnight and also during the day when the buses are idle while school is in session.

“AC Fast Charging (ACFC) is ideal for the medium duty electric buses and trucks that travel less than 120 miles per day and are parked overnight in a central yard or depot” Mr. Outwater continued. “Using high output basic chargers provides quick recharging times at a fraction of the cost of DC Fast Chargers (DCFC).”

Mr. Outwater says another 5 school districts have committed to order the HYDRA-RX and is in discussions with at least twice that many, the result of significant funding for electric school buses coming from several state agencies such as the California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) as well as several local air quality management districts including the South Coast AQMD and Bay Area AQMD. Approximately $70m from the state’s share of the Volkswagen Mitigation Fund has also been dedicated.

Liberty Access Technologies and WattTime Partner to Bring Green Charging to EV Fleets

Smart charging technology will allow schools and workplaces to charge electric buses, vans and more with clean energy

Santa Barbara, CA and Oakland, CA, October 16, 2019 — Today electric fleet charging technology company Liberty Access Technologies (Liberty) and environmental tech nonprofit WattTime announced a new clean charging partnership to support schools and workplaces in their transition to all-electric fleets. WattTime’s Automated Emissions Reduction (AER) software will integrate with Liberty’s charging technology to allow buses, vans, and more to automatically charge with clean power.

Liberty offers electric vehicle charging systems for the new generation of electric school buses and delivery vans. Their current clients hail from the utility space, government, the private sector, and include names such as San Diego Gas and Electric, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Los Angeles County. Expanding to support school districts’ electrification of transportation is the next step in the company’s growth. Liberty’s core offering is the HYDRA-RX AC Fast Charger Controller, which produces quick charging times at a fraction of the cost of DC Fast Chargers, enabling schools to convert more quickly to electric buses.

“As firm believers in a clean mobility future, we feel it’s imperative to support schools and workplaces as they make the switch to all-electric fleets,” said Chris Outwater, CEO of Liberty. “By incorporating WattTime’s AER software with our cost-saving charging technology, we can ensure they benefit from both financial savings and carbon savings. We’re excited to help these groups reach their sustainability goals without sacrificing the quality of service.”

WattTime’s recently-released EV charging report—How Emissions-Optimized EV Charging Enables Cleaner Electric Vehicleshighlights just how powerful their AER-enabled smart charging can be. In the report, WattTime finds emissions-optimized EV charging can further reduce associated EV-charging emissions by nearly 20 percent annually and up to 90 percent on individual days. This is above and beyond standard emissions savings that come from choosing an electric vehicle over a gas-powered alternative.

“School buses and corporate fleets represent a perfect opportunity for AER to drive emissions reductions; these vehicles are only used a fraction of the day and can otherwise remain plugged in to optimize charge times for the cleanest electricity,” said Gavin McCormick, founder and executive director of WattTime. “The added bonus is that—instead of exposing schoolchildren or employees to tailpipe emissions—we’re helping make electric vehicles the norm.”

Electric mobility is just one of many sectors that technology provider WattTime is involved with. Their solutions make it easy for anyone to choose clean energy and achieve emissions reductions without compromising cost and user experience. WattTime’s AER software enables smart devices of all kinds—from EV chargers to smart thermostats to water heaters—to automatically opt to use clean energy. AER monitors power generation and marginal emissions rates in real-time, then uses that data to optimize energy use based on the environmental impact of consuming electricity at a given moment.

Liberty’s announcement to team up with WattTime comes soon after another partnership launched with electric company PG&E. The two will work together to support the electrification and clean energy goals of a school district in Northern California by collaborating on eco-friendly charging options for electric buses. Their pilot will be a test case for PG&E’s new FleetReady program.

About Liberty Access Technologies

LAT specializes in access control systems for electric vehicle charging in the parking industry, fleet EV and multi-tenant dwellings. LAT’s patented Synchronous Code Generation technology enables secure charging without expensive networks, and the Hydra Multi EVSE Control system enables cost-effective large scale EV charging solutions for workplace and multi-tenant. Our mission is to use our patented technology to enable our customers to control access, costs and carbon emissions via our “grid-aware” technology.

Find out more at www.libertyaccesstechnologies.com or www.linkedin.com/company/liberty-access-technologies

About WattTime

WattTime is a nonprofit with a software tech startup DNA, dedicated to giving everyone everywhere the power to choose clean energy. Our Automated Emissions Reduction (AER) technology can shift the timing of flexible electricity use to sync with times of cleaner energy and avoid times of dirtier energy. We sell solutions that make it easy for anyone to achieve emissions reductions without compromising cost and user experience. WattTime is a subsidiary of Rocky Mountain Institute.

For more information, please visit WattTime.org.

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AC FAST CHARGING

The right fit for medium-duty EVs By Paul Beck

What’s the largest mass transit system in the United States? Is it the public transit network? Nope. Commercial airlines? Guess again. Passenger rail? Not even close. Here’s a hint: the vehicles are colored yellow. Give up? It’s school buses, and in terms of sheer numbers, this fleet is 2.5 times larger than all other forms of mass transit combined. And therein lies a big, dirty problem.

According to a 2018 study by the US Public Interest Research Group, 95% of the nation’s roughly 500,000 school buses are diesel-fueled. Numerous studies have documented the negative impact breathing diesel exhaust has on respiratory diseases like asthma. In fact, the AC FAST CHARGING has classified diesel exhaust as a likely carcinogen. These negative effects are especially pronounced in children.

But change is on the way. The entire medium-duty vehicle market, which also includes delivery vans and other commercial vehicles, is on the edge of an electric precipice. Thee cost savings and environmental benefits of electrifying these vehicles can no longer be ignored.

“The medium-duty plug-in vehicle industry is definitely in the midst of a strong surge,” Will Barrett, Director of Sales for EV charger manufacturer ClipperCreek, told Charged.

This surge may pair well with an EV technology that many in the US seem to have forgotten about: high-power AC charging.

AC charging that operates at the upper limits of the J1772 connector specs can provide up to 19.2 kW of power. While that’s significantly less than most DC chargers, it’s perfect for school buses and other medium-duty EVs.

While ultra-fast DC charging is grabbing all the headlines in new highway corridor projects, high-power AC charging may be the perfect fit for school buses, delivery trucks, and other medium-duty fleet vehicles.

The wheels on the bus

“Public charging is now almost wholly defined as installing DC fast chargers along heavily traveled corridors,” said Forest Williams, a strategic marketing consultant for charging solution provider Liberty PlugIns. “DCFC is the silver bullet for range anxiety.”

However, while EV drivers and public charging networks are rapidly embracing ultra-fast DC fast charging, Williams is telling medium-duty EV fleet operators that there may be a better solution. He calls it AC fast charging, or AC charging that operates at the upper limits of the J1772 connector specs. With an output current up to 80 A, Level 2 AC fast chargers can provide 19.2 kW of power. While that’s significantly less than most DC chargers, Williams argues that it’s perfect for school buses and other medium-duty EVs

“Level 2 chargers with 80 A of output can recharge a big Type D bus with a 150 kWh battery in around 9 hours, perfect for overnight charging,” Williams explained.

The salient fact about school buses, delivery vans and many other medium-duty fleet vehicles is that they’re predictable. A school bus drives relatively short distances (typically less than 75 miles) at moderate speeds, makes frequent stops to pick up or drop off passengers, then returns to a centralized depot. Delivery vans operate in a similar fashion.

“This is an ideal profile for the application of electric drive technology and what we’re calling AC Fast Charging, or ACFC, is absolutely adequate and many times less expensive than installing a DC fast charger,” Williams said.

Pretty much all the EVSPs never developed Level 2 chargers with more than 40 amps output because they fi gured the public really wants DC fast chargers.

A push for EV fleets

In 2017, the state of California allocated 75 million dollars to the California Energy Commission’s School Bus Replacement Program. This money, offered to public schools throughout the state, aims to replace old diesel-powered school buses with electric alternatives. Thanks to this program, the funding for 243 electric buses was awarded to schools throughout California.

Residents of Colorado are also pushing to electrify the more than 4,000 school buses powered by diesel in their state. In 2018, the Colorado government set aside $18 million to replace approximately 450 state vehicles, including school buses, with electric or alternative fuel vehicles. Fittingly, the money came from Colorado’s share of the Volkswagen settlement for cheating on diesel emissions tests.

Package delivery companies are also turning to electrification. In 2018, Ingka Group, the parent company of furniture giant IKEA, announced plans to use EVs for all its last-mile deliveries as early as 2025. Earlier this year, the company revealed that it has already met this goal in its Shanghai operations. One of the most popular delivery companies in the world, however, has been far less proactive. In 2018, Amazon announced it had purchased 20,000 Mercedes-Benz vans for its new private delivery fleet. None of the vans were electric. However, Williams predicts that soon, Amazon and other delivery companies may not have this option.

“Regardless of the name on the van, all of these vans are running around doing last-mile delivery, re-stocking all of the local bodegas, the local neighborhood clothes stores and restaurants,” said Williams. “Pretty soon, cities are going to mandate that those switch to electric.”

ACFC hardware

Although AC fast charging seems to be the perfect fit for medium-duty EVs, it’s a niche that’s been ignored by most EV charging hardware providers and network operators.

“Pretty much all the EVSPs never developed Level 2 chargers with more than 40 amps output, because they figured the public really wants DC fast chargers,” Williams explained. “If you’re talking about 15-30 minutes of charging at a rest stop or travel plaza on the way to grandma’s house, they’re right. Who wants to sit in a gas station for several hours?”

“But if you’re a medium-duty delivery van,” he continued, “you’ve got all night to charge up. Quick charge times are of little benefit, especially when you consider the enormous costs to install and supply even one DC fast charger.”

Two EVSE companies in the US that have not ignored this niche are ClipperCreek and WattZilla.

In fact, high-power AC charging has been the core focus of Massachusetts-based WattZilla, which o ers products that can charge up to four EVs at 80 A simultaneously.

“We sell to a lot to electric school bus users,” WattZilla’s Frank Gangi told Charged. “Also, we’ve had a lot of recent activity with mining companies that buy electric underground mining vehicles. That whole industry is switching over to J1772, and we sell a ton of 80-amp chargers to those folks.”

California-based ClipperCreek also o ers a few AC fast charger options.  e company’s CS-100 is an 80 A charger with a J1772 connector that can output up to 19.2 kW (in commercial applications, ClipperCreek’s Will Barrett explains, these chargers typically operate at a lower voltage, and deliver about 17 kW).

“We definitely agree that the higher-power Level 2 AC charging solutions can be a really good fit for a lot of medium-duty applications,” said Barrett.

ClipperCreek also offers the HCS-80, a 64-amp AC charger. It has a smaller footprint and lower cost than the CS-100 models, though it delivers less power. Notwithstanding, Barrett says it’s still a practical and popular option for many medium-duty EVs.

It’s a massively lower cost solution compared to DCFC and we’re being contacted daily by school districts in California.

Both ClipperCreek and Wattzilla also have three-phase AC charging products that can increase the power output to levels that approach the lower end of DC fast charging options. However, three-phase AC requires a different, larger connector than the popular J1772 connection.

“There are a couple of medium-duty vehicles out there that utilize that three-phase AC charging,” said Barrett. “We can get up into a power range that’s similar to lower-power DC fast charging (28 to 33 kW), but at a much more compelling price point from a hardware standpoint.”

Forest Williams points out two other ACFC options: BTCPower manufactures a 70-amp AC charger with a 16.8 kW output, and Sun Country Highway offers a 70/80-amp selectable AC charger called the SCH100. However, with these four companies, the list of J1772 AC fast charger providers in North America is nearly complete. Williams suggests that, in the coming years, that list may grow: “I suspect that over time, schools and delivery van people would like to have more options.”

Don’t miss the bus

Williams is betting that the early adopters of electric school buses, delivery vans, and other medium-duty EVs will understand the advantages of AC fast charging. In his work with Liberty PlugIns, he’s noticed that demand for AC fast charging is on the rise.

“It’s a massively lower-cost solution compared to DCFC and we’re being contacted daily by school districts in California who just received grants for two, three, four or five buses. Next year it will be the independent last-mile delivery fleets competing for Amazon’s delivery contracts in the wake of FedEx’s recent decision to end its relationship with Amazon.”

Liberty Access Technologies Launches Crowdfunding Campaign on StartEngine for Carbon-Friendly and Grid-Sensitive Electric Vehicle Charging

Santa Barbara, CA, – Liberty Access Technologies (Liberty), creators of a multi-vehicle carbon-friendly charging platform for fleets, apartments, and commercial locations, today announce their Title III Regulation Crowdfunding Campaign is live on the StartEngine platform. Regulation Crowdfunding allows everyone, regardless of their net worth or income level, to invest in securities issued by startup companies. You can invest in creating better multi-vehicle charging solution here.

Liberty is a pioneer in multi-vehicle and fleet charging and has multiple clients in the utility, government and private sectors such as San Diego Gas and Electric, Bristol Meyers Squibb and Los Angeles County. Liberty holds several patents and is a leader in integrating renewable energy with electric vehicle charging. Liberty provides the charging infrastructure management tools required to successfully integrate renewable energy systems with the clean transportation methods needed to meet climate goals.

Liberty’s current focus is on electric transportation for medium- to heavy-duty vehicles, such as school buses, helps to address air pollution. While electric buses are a viable option, transitioning to electric transportation requires careful planning. With a unique operating schedule, school buses have an opportunity to take advantage of distributed renewable energy, such as wind and solar, to charge during the day.

“We believe that Liberty’s vision to enable smart and carbon-friendly charging will appeal to investors who see evidence of climate change everywhere” according to Chris Outwater, Liberty’s President and Founder. “We think that our proprietary technology and growing customer base of utilities, municipalities and Fortune 500 companies coupled with the rapid adoption of electric vehicles bodes well for future growth. We need capital to scale our growth to match the exploding demand for charging infrastructure.”

Liberty has also recently announced it is now offering electric vehicle charging systems along with the convenience and security offered by the world-class HID global proximity access card systems. By incorporating the highly popular HID card/reader system into EV charging, Liberty allows employees and tenants to use their existing building access proximity cards and fobs to also securely access EV charging on the Liberty Hydra™ system.

About Liberty Access Technologies

LAT specializes in access control systems for electric vehicle charging in the parking industry, fleet EV and multi-tenant dwellings. LAT’s patented Synchronous Code Generation technology enables secure charging without expensive networks, and the Hydra Multi EVSE Control system enables cost-effective large scale EV charging solutions for workplace and multi-tenant. Our mission is to use our patented technology to enable our customers to control access, costs and carbon emissions via our “grid-aware” technology.

Liberty Access Technologies provides HID card compatible EV charging system for Cushman & Wakefield

Liberty Access Technologies’ EV charging system incorporates the convenience and security offered by HID global proximity access card systems used by millions of global users.

Santa Barbara, California – Liberty Access Technologies (Liberty) of Santa Barbara, California announces that they are now offering electric vehicle charging systems along with the convenience and security offered by the world-class HID global proximity access card systems.

Chris Outwater, CEO of Liberty explained that “Competing EV charging systems with secure access control often requires the EV driver to obtain and use a proprietary RFID key fob or card which can be inconvenient.”

By incorporating the highly popular HID card/reader system into EV charging, Liberty allows employees and tenants to use their existing building access proximity cards and fobs to also securely access EV charging on the Liberty Hydra™ system. See how it works here.   

Most recently, Liberty has installed two HID access control systems at Cushman & Wakefield corporate offices located in Tampa, Florida. Liberty’s unique HID enhanced Liberty Hydra feature has been said to be a very attractive feature for Cushman & Wakefield

According to Cushman & Wakefield, they chose the combined Liberty and HID access solution because it allowed them to use the same “prox” cards and smartphones NFC features that they have been using for years at their offices.

Both Hydras systems at Cushman & Wakefield incorporates an HID keypad combination access control device, which allows employees to authenticate their charge sessions by using their existing HID prox card.

On the other hand, under the direction of a Los Angeles municipal agency, Liberty has recently supplied 3 HID integrated keypads to the EV charging system at UCLA Harbor Medical Center, as well as completing an installation at the County Fire Department.

Liberty Access Technologies Delivers Innovative Electric Bus Charging Solution for PG&E

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— Liberty Access Technologies is working on a pilot project for PG&E on an innovative eco-friendly approach to charging electric buses for the Pittsburg Unified School District (PUSD) that will support the school district’s electrification and clean energy goals.

Through the pilot, PG&E has funded and installed eight new electric bus chargers to facilitate charging of eight electric buses. In conjunction, PUSD installed 200 kilowatts of onsite solar systems to power their administrative buildings and bus depot. With the school district, PG&E will test cost-effective ways for PUSD to incorporate clean, renewable electricity when charging each bus in order to lower the total overall cost of ownership and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

The pilot will be a test case for PG&E’s new FleetReady program, recently approved by the California Public Utilities Commission. Through the program, PG&E is funding and aiding in the installation of the infrastructure from the electric grid to the charger for customers with medium-duty, heavy-duty and off-road fleets such as transit agencies, school districts, and delivery fleets.

Liberty provides the charging infrastructure management tools required to successfully integrate renewable energy systems with the clean transportation methods needed to meet California’s climate goals.

Integrating Renewable Energy with EV Charging

The focus on electric transportation for medium- to heavy-duty vehicles, such as school buses, helps to address air pollution. While electric buses are a viable option, transitioning to electric transportation requires careful planning. With a unique operating schedule, school buses have an opportunity to take advantage of distributed renewables, such as wind and solar to charge during the day.

Liberty is working with PG&E to develop a novel charge management platform that can optimize charging for cost and optimizing renewables. This partnership will ensure PG&E and PUSD are able to successfully integrate renewable energy systems with the clean transportation methods needed to meet California’s climate goals. Upon development the platform will test several charging scenarios to help lower total cost of ownership of electric transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the school district:

  • Charging when there is a high amount of renewables forecast to be on the grid
  • Charging using only the onsite solar and wind energy the school installed
  • Optimizing the charging across the grid and the district’s onsite renewables to enable the PUSD to use the most low-cost, clean energy available while ensuring the buses are fully charged for each school day

Liberty is able to leverage its existing grid and carbon-friendly technology to allow bus and fleet charging operators to optimize when and how they charge in order to achieve the environmental and financial goals,” explained Michael Keane, Liberty’s CTO.

About Liberty Access Technologies

Liberty Access Technologies (LAT) specializes in access control systems for electric vehicle charging in the parking industry, fleet EV and multi-tenant dwellings. LAT’s patented Synchronous Code Generation technology enables secure charging without expensive networks, and the Hydra Multi EVSE Control system enables cost-effective large scale EV charging solutions for workplace and multi-tenant. Our mission is to use our patented technology to enable our customers to control access and costs and reduce electricity consumption via our “grid-aware” technology.

Small Santa Barbara Tech Company Gets Big Electric Charging Contract

Liberty Access Technologies Beats Out National Competitors

A small but scrappy Santa Barbara tech company recently beat out a field of Goliath-sized competitors on a pilot project to charge electric school buses. PG&E awarded Liberty Access Technologies a contract to install its firmware in eight new bus chargers in Contra Costa County as part of the utility’s FleetReady program, which funds renewable energy infrastructure for customers with heavy-duty vehicles.

Founded in 2009, Liberty Access Technologies is headed by serial entrepreneur Chris Outwater. Originally a 3-D imaging engineer for Disney, Outwater created DNA security and imagery treasury companies before deciding to jump into the green tech industry. He recognized the need for a system to control grid management, billing, and all the other practical aspects of electric vehicle charging, and, alongside CTO Michael Keane and head engineer Ethan Zakai (both also Santa Barbara residents), developed an AC fast-charging product perfect for buses and trucks that plug in overnight. 

Liberty’s internet-based system ― called HYDRA ― puts less strain on the grid and is less expensive than a typical DC system. It can be accessed from any computer or smartphone and can figure out the best time of day or night to start charging, even pushing electricity back into the grid during peak use periods or during power outages. That latter feature is especially attractive to energy providers who like to avoid having to fire up their gas-powered peaker plants when the grid gets strained.

Liberty’s firmware is also a major piece of the puzzle to reduce greenhouse emissions from big vehicles. “We need to get these diesel buses off the road as soon as we can,” said Outwater, “and we need to get kids away from the diesel particles they’re breathing in.” Replacing all of America’s gas buses with electric buses could reduce emissions by as much as 5.3 million tons a year, according to the US Public Interest Research Group. Each electric bus could also save districts nearly $2,000 a year in fuel and $4,400 a year in reduced maintenance costs.

Original Source: https://www.independent.com/ by Tyler Hayden

Liberty Access Technologies Unveils HID Access to EV Charging Systems

The new model includes a built-in HID credential reading technology that gives customers the convenience and security to use HID Global’s proximity access card systems.

Liberty Access Technologies, a division of Liberty PlugIns Inc., is excited to announce that the company’s Hydra ™ R EV chargers now accept HID Global’s proximity access card and fob systems. HID Global is a world leader in the access control systems, and this new integration will open up opportunities for fast authentication and access to HID users when they charge their electric vehicles.

Chris Outwater, the CEO of Liberty Access explained, “Competing EV charging systems with secure access control cannot use existing HID cards, but require the user to obtain and use a proprietary RFID key fob or card. We’ve solved that problem.”

With millions using HID products, this ultimately adds convenience and security to Liberty’s existing and highly popular card reader system. Employees and tenants can just use their existing building access proximity cards and fobs to access EV charging on the Liberty Hydra ™ system.

The HID authentication is easy to activate – customers simply need to key in the location of the charger on the keypad next to the HID reader, and then present their HID card in order to authenticate the user’s account and enable charging.

Under the direction of a large Los Angeles municipal agency, Liberty has recently supplied 3 HID/keypads to the EV charging system that manages 24 Level 2 chargers at UCLA Harbor Medical Center.

The new HID access system has also been installed at a condominium project in Atlanta. This was done in partnership with Envirospark Energy, based in Atlanta.

Aaron Luque, Envirospark’s President added, “The Liberty Hydra platform is uniquely positioned as a perfect =t for our clients who want their employees or tenants to be able to use the same access card or fob to access EV charging stations as for the parking garage, building, elevators, etc. It has been a huge hit among our clients who have deployed the system, to say the least!”

The Hydra™ R is essentially a “smart gateway” allowing for centralized management and access control of multiple chargers. It is ideally suited for workplace, fleet, retail and multifamily commercial properties. Hydra differs significantly from conventional “gas pump” EV chargers due to its ability to provide valuable real-time data and feedback to owners with regard to usage and costs across multiple charging stations. The Hydra system allows you to be “greener” in that it is tied into the local electrical grid and can tell you when the best times to charge are to save money and reduce carbon emissions. The system is comprised of the Hydra Control Module which centralizes access control, data recording, and communications, as well as a keypad that is used to initiate charging that can be activated via a code, sent to a mobile phone that expires after a certain period of time.

The industry-leading Hydra™ R can directly control power supplied to each charger and can work with virtually all brands, giving owners a choice in EVSE hardware. Using the Hydra™ R is simple. Drivers merely connect their EV, enter the charger number and charge authorization code in the keypad and begin their charging session. Hydra™ R pairs the driver’s code with usage data and sends it to Liberty’s servers every 15 minutes. The records can be viewed by owners to prepare for billing and optimize usage to minimize costs and reduce carbon emissions by promoting charging during periods of lower electrical demand.

About Liberty Access Technologies:
Liberty Access Technologies (LAT) specializes in access control systems for electric vehicle charging in the parking industry, fleet EV and multi-tenant dwellings. LAT’s patented Synchronous Code Generation technology
enables secure charging without expensive networks, and the Hydra Multi EVSE Control system enables cost-effective large scale EV charging solutions for workplace and multi-tenant. Our mission is to use our patented technology to enable our customers to control access and costs and reduce electricity consumption via our “grid-aware” technology. For more information, please visit: http://www.libertyaccesstechnologies.com.