Target: Hans Streng, Head of The ABB Group’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Unit
Goal: Applaud a project that will construct the world’s largest network of electric vehicle chargers
Navigant, a specialized global expert services firm, predicts that worldwide sales of plug-in electric vehicles will reach 3 million per year by 2020. In order to deal with this increased demand, countries must find ways to incorporate necessary technologies into their national infrastructure. Meeting this issue head-on, the Netherlands will be developing the world’s largest network of electric vehicle chargers.
In a contract with Fastned (a Dutch infrastructure group) and ABB (a Swiss engineering firm), more than 200 electric vehicle stations with chargers will be supplied by the end of 2015. Due to “range anxiety” — the fear an electric vehicle may run out of power before reaching a charger — these cars have been shunned by most drivers. In order to combat this doubt, ABB chargers will be no further than 50 km (31.1 miles) from anyone living in the country. This means that all of the Netherlands’ 16.7 million inhabitants will have access to charging stations.
These “fast-chargers” will have many impressive features. The chargers will be capable of recharging the battery of any plug-in electric vehicle in 15-30 minutes. They will be able to offer drivers features such as easy payment systems, remote assistance and management, and tracking of data and statistics. Each station will also have a canopy of solar cells that serve multiple purposes.
Hans Streng, head of ABB’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Unit, states that this project “sets an extremely positive signal for consumers and car makers alike to move forward with electric mobility.” By signing this petition, you are applauding the Netherlands’ massive electric vehicle initiative. This extensive project incorporates advanced technologies and cost effective measures in a way that will have a positive impact on the environment. Hopefully, this concept will be adopted and further improved throughout the world.
Dear Mr. Streng,
It is predicted that worldwide sales of plug-in electric vehicles will reach 3 million per year by 2020. In order to deal with this increased demand, countries must begin to approach improvements to their national infrastructure in new ways. In a contract with Fastned and your company, the Netherlands will tackle this issue by developing the world’s largest network of electric vehicle chargers.
This is the second contract your company has won; recently, ABB installed 165 chargers in Estonia. Certainly, your firm will profit from increased international pressure to reduce pollution and diminish dependency on fossil fuels.
These projects will also benefit society as a whole; they incorporate accessibility and other cost-effective measures in a way that will have a positive impact on the environment. Furthermore, these initiatives will help to lessen the fears that people have regarding electric vehicle transportation. I am applauding your charging station project in the Netherlands. Hopefully, this concept will be adopted and further improved throughout the world.
[Your Name Here]
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