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Newark, CA – November 11, 2021 – FreeWire Technologies, a leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging and power solutions, has partnered with Apollo Sunguard Systems, Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and contractor with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to provide ultrafast EV charging to the federal fleet industry. The collaboration combines Apollo’s past performance federal government services expertise with FreeWire’s infrastructure-light charging technology (the Buy America compliant Boost Charger™) to enable fast deployment of high-power charging.
“We are proud to partner with FreeWire to accelerate decarbonization of the federal transportation sector,” said Apollo Sunguard President, Kevin Connelly. “The federal fleet’s transition to zero-emissions EVs should catalyze adoption nationwide, and with Boost Charger, the federal government can accelerate the scale-up of charging infrastructure while reducing the need for burdensome and costly grid upgrades.”
Apollo sells directly to federal, state, and local government agencies as a pre-approved vendor and bypasses the need for a lengthy competitive bidding process. With less than one percent of the government’s 657,000 vehicles currently electric, the White House has vowed to replace the nation’s fleet with clean electric vehicles. Deploying faster chargers as quickly as possible, and at a lower total cost, is critical to making the transition to electrification successful.
“FreeWire’s inclusion on Apollo’s GSA schedule will support government and military fleets in accelerating the build-out of fast EV charging stations, reducing costs and strain on the electric grid,” said Arcady Sosinov, FreeWire Technologies Founder and CEO. “Apollo’s deep expertise in serving government agencies as a distributor of EV charging solutions is especially crucial as state and federal fleets transition to electric vehicles.”
The first battery-integrated fast charging solution to be added to the GSA schedule is especially ideal for remote and urban areas, giving agencies the ability to deploy in hours, not months, and deliver fast charging where grid power is limited. As demonstrated by FreeWire’s recent deployment of Alaska’s first ultrafast charger, the Boost Charger plugs into the existing low-voltage utility service and delivers high-power charging in areas that typically need extensive grid upgrades. Because the fully-integrated systems charge EVs directly from the battery, and not the electric grid, demand charges are virtually eliminated with peak-shaving and load-shifting capabilities, in addition to proprietary management software which reduces costs and provides additional energy services. An independent report from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) found potential cost-savings of $30,000 a year in energy fees and charges.
In addition to cost-savings and energy services, the Boost Charger’s semi-permanent design allows fleet operators the flexibility to assess utilization or return on investment and scale or relocate their infrastructure as needed.
FreeWire recently announced its compliance with Buy America provisions under the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requirements for domestic sourcing of components in the production of its Boost Charger, increasing control over its supply chain and making it one of a few preferred fast charging vendors for federally-funded transportation investments.
About FreeWire Technologies
FreeWire’s turnkey power solutions deliver energy whenever and wherever it is needed for reliable electrification beyond the grid (see video). With scalable clean power that moves to meet demand, FreeWire customers can tackle new applications and deploy new business models without the complexity of upgrading traditional energy infrastructure.
FreeWire has deployed battery-integrated chargers with Fortune 100 companies, commercial customers, fleets, retail locations, and gas stations. FreeWire and ampm, a bp subsidiary and convenience store chain with over 1,000 locations, have already deployed multiple public charging stations in the U.S.
About Apollo Sunguard Systems EVSE GSA Contractor
Since 2012, Apollo Sunguard has sold and distributed EV charging stations across the country, including over 100 federal agencies such as the State Department of Defense, FBI and the United States Fish and Wildlife Services. In 2017, we were awarded a blanket purchase agreement by GSA Fleet (BPA GS-30FGA082) making us one of only two vendors with a BPA for the sale of electric vehicle supply equipment. This allows us to sell ChargePoint EV stations, network plans, and EV accessories to federal agencies. With FreeWire added to the GSA schedule, we now have two leading fast charging solutions for government fleets. For additional information, please visit: https://apollosunguard.com/ev-charging/
Cheray Keyes-Shima, APR, CPRC
Director, Marketing Communications
Apollo Sunguard Systems
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