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City Installs Largest EV Charging Facility in Metro Atlanta

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Tesla V3 Charging Stations at Peachtree Corners

Twelve Tesla V3 Superchargers are now operational at Peachtree Corners Town Center

Hubject, an eMobility consultancy specializing in assisting cities in accelerating their community’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs), and Peachtree Corners city leaders have worked together to create a comprehensive electrification plan for 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 plan is a holistic electrification model that can serve as a clear example for other municipalities and counties. Hubject was selected to manage the project due to the company’s extensive global knowledge of and world-class experience in the eMobility landscape. The inaugural project is a state-of-the-art EV fast-charging plaza capable of fast-charging up to 16 vehicles simultaneously.

“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.”

In June of 2020, city leaders engaged Hubject to provide guidance and technical support in developing a future proof EV charging plan. Hubject’s analysis identified 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 is well placed for drivers, offering 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 metro Atlanta.

“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 of Peachtree Corners. “Not only is this a significant economic driver for our city, attracting retail and other related activities, but it’s also serving as a model for other communities across the nation to follow as electrification continues to expand.”

The chargers installed at the Peachtree Corners Town Center were funded by the charging network providers, who recognized the value of the site to their customers.

“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. Included are additional grant-funded electrification projects and other EV charging efforts – paving the road for easy residential and fleet electrification within the city of Peachtree Corners and their smart city technology innovation center, Curiosity Lab.

“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. “With the help of Hubject and our partners, we were able to create an advanced infrastructure plan that further reinforces us as a model for the American city of the future – embracing the latest emerging technologies to better the lives of residents.”

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Peachtree Corners named Finalist for Gwinnett Chamber Small Business Awards

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The City of Peachtree Corners has been named a finalist for the 2022 Gwinnett Chamber Small Business Awards. The annual awards program is designed to recognize entrepreneurs and small businesses in the greater Gwinnett region. This year’s program will be held at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville on Friday, December 9, 9 a.m.

“We are honored to be a finalist for the Support System Award by the Gwinnett Chamber,” said City Manager Brian Johnson. “As a city government, we are dedicated to supporting our small business community.

“We put a large focus on their success by offering many free tools including grant programs, incentive programs, streamlined planning and development, and local organization support,” he added.

Honoring individuals and organizations alike, there will be awards in 10 categories:

  • Community Contributor Award,
  • Culture Creator Award,
  • Emerging Entrepreneur Award,
  • Founder Award,
  • Launch Award,
  • Minority-Owned/Woman-Owned Small Business Award,
  • Small Business Award (0-5 employees),
  • Small Business Award (6-24 employees),
  • Small Business Award (25+ employees, and
  • Support System Award.

“Small businesses account for 90% of all businesses in Gwinnett and are a critical component to our thriving economy,” shared Nick Masino, President and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber. “We congratulate Peachtree Corners on their designation and look forward to celebrating with them at this upcoming awards program.”

For more information on this event or to register to attend, visit GwinnettChamber.org/Small-Business-Awards.

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Town Hall Hosted by Peachtree Corners Councilman Phil Sadd

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Peachtree Corners Councilman Phil Sadd held a town hall meeting at the Winters Chapel United Methodist Church on Nov 2. It was attended by a group of approximately 75 residents.

As part of the presentation, Sadd invited Gwinnett County Police Department’s Major Edward Restrepo and Dunwoody Councilman Tom Lambert to be part of his panel.

The presentation included information regarding a variety of topics. They included:

  • The Forum current state / future vision,
  • Key Construction Project Updates (including Spalding Drive widening; Winters Chapel / Spalding Drive; River Exchange / Holcomb Bridge; New Town Farms neighborhood; and Winters Chapel intersection at Dunwoody Club Drive),
  • Multi-use trail update,
  • Peachtree Corners Town Center update,
  • Curiosity Lab Innovation Center update,
  • What is on the November 8 ballot, and
  • Peachtree Corners Crime Prevention Initiatives.

The audience had the opportunity to ask questions of each panelist. Major Restrepo gave them greater insight on how the use of technology has enabled the police to quickly apprehend criminals and prevent future crimes.

According to feedback from one of the attendees, Major Restrepo’s explanation of how law enforcement works to contain and control crime in our area was not only helpful but very encouraging. They said they went home feeling more secure and less concerned about crime control in the area and in the entire county.

Councilman Sadd began holding these town hall meetings in 2013. He believes that they are an important part of representing the city’s residents.

“I believe that it is very important to meet with constituents and residents to provide them with information regarding the city,” said Sadd. “These types of events not only allow me to provide our residents with information and answer questions, but also allow me to hear directly from them about their concerns, appreciation and what they expect from the city in the future.”

From left, Councilman Phil Sadd, Gwinnett County Police Department’s Major Edward Restrepo and Dunwoody Councilman Tom Lambert

In addition to the audience, there were several local leaders and elected officials that attended the town hall. Attendees included:

  • Georgia House Representative Beth Moore,
  • Peachtree Corners Councilman Eric Christ,
  • Peachtree Corners Councilman Joe Sawyer,
  • Board of Education District 3 Representative Mary Kay Murphy,
  • Georgia State House Candidate Scott Hilton,
  • Georgia State House Candidate Ruwa Romman,
  • Georgia State Senate Candidate Austin McDonald,
  • Peachtree Corners DDA Representative Tim Le,
  • Peachtree Corners Planning Commission Member Alan Kaplan,
  • Peachtree Corners Zoning Board of Appeals Member Marcia Brandes, and
  • Winters Chapel United Methodist Pastor Steve Ring.

As it is an election year, Sadd spoke about the importance of voting. Sample ballots were made available to those in the audience at the completion of the program.

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Peachtree Corners Enlists IMS to Conduct Pavement Survey

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Laser Crack Measurement System (LCMS-2)

Residents of Peachtree Corners will soon have an objective assessment of the town’s pavement. Using funds dedicated to infrastructure management, the City has contracted with Infrastructure Management Services (IMS) to conduct the pavement survey.

The company has over 30 years of experience in the field of pavement management and has helped municipalities throughout the United States and Canada. IMS will be responsible for completing an objective pavement condition survey as well as a budget and rehabilitation analysis.

IMS survey vehicles hit the streets in early October using their Laser Crack Measurement System (LCMS-2). The LCMS-2 is a 3D imaging sensor that collects continuous 3D pavement imagery along with rutting and roughness measurements.

How it works

The LCMS-2 will determine surface distresses including load cracking, block cracking, rutting, raveling, reflective cracking, loss of section, bleeding, edge distress and patched areas. Information will be collected on a segment-by-segment basis. The collected data and imagery will be linked to the City’s existing GIS data system.

Once the data has been collected, the City will create a work program using a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) that will rate road segments between poor and excellent. The City will then use the PCI rankings to create an infrastructure work plan based on actual road conditions.

This data-based planning will allow Peachtree Corners to provide more efficient and equitable repairs and maximize the City’s repair budget.

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