Sargent & Lundy’s Leaders in Electric Vehicle Infrastructure to Discuss Fleet Electrification

Firm to host booth and participate in two panels at 4th Annual Fleet Electrification conference

April 2, 2024 – Two Sargent & Lundy innovators will join colleagues from throughout the power and electric transportation industry next month to share insights and experience at next month’s Fleet Electrification U.S. conference in Washington, D.C. The fourth annual conference comes as transit agencies, government entities, and businesses are increasingly planning to electrify their fleets to meet net-zero goals. Sargent & Lundy will also host a booth at the conference on April 9 and 10.

Sargent & Lundy, a sponsor of this year’s conference, supports electric transportation projects with both technical and financial expertise. The firm has been instrumental in providing design engineering and engineering support services for electric transportation projects across the country, while also helping clients reduce costs through available tax incentives and public subsidies.

Recently, the firm conducted feasibility and technical studies to help a family-owned bus transportation company in California’s Central Valley earn a $3 million state grant to helpKalpesh Chaudhari | Sargent & Lundy electrify a quarter of its fleet through 37 bidirectional charging stations. The chargers will power the buses during the school year and provide grid reliability and resiliency during the summer’s peak demand period when the buses can be used as a backup battery electric storage system.

Kalpesh Chaudhari, Ph.D, who oversees e-mobility analytics and solutions at the firm, will moderate a panel at the conference discussing how these vehicle-to-grid, or V2X, systems can be used as a revenue source, offsetting the overall cost of converting conventional internal combustion engine fleets to electric.

“These fleets act as batteries on wheels and can be used to provide grid resiliency in case of extreme weather events,” Chaudhari said. “This type of vehicle-to-everything technology is among the factors fleet owners need to consider when they are calculating the total cost of ownership for electrification.”

Alex Coologeorgen | Sargent & LundyAlex Coologeorgen, a senior principal energy consultant for Sargent & Lundy, will take part in a separate panel discussing the experience of commercial fleet operators and how they have overcome challenges in making the switch to electric vehicle fleets. Coologeorgen will discuss valuable lessons learned in undertaking electrification projects, including site design and utility coordination challenges and the solutions that were developed.

Sargent & Lundy’s EV infrastructure services include site selection, feasibility studies, grid resource assessments, technology selection, procurement, design, contract negotiations, environmental reviews, construction management, and startup. The firm has also designed and engineered EV charging station microgrids to offset grid upgrades to support DC fast charging stations.

For more information about Sargent & Lundy’s services, stop by our booth.

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