Mitsubishi – which is about to enter the U.S. electric-vehicle (EV) market – has installed a solar-powered EV charging unit at its North American headquarters in Southern California. The solar charging canopy can refuel up to four cars at a time, and offers Level 1, 2, and 3 options, the fastest of which can charge a vehicle in under 30 minutes.
The newly installed charging station is powered by 96 175-watt photovoltaic modules from Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics, with the charging station itself from Eaton and the arch-like structure by California Green Designs. Of course, Mitsubishi is highlighting its lastest electric car, the Mitsubishi i EV, as the perfect example of transportation that can benefit from the chargers, but other models will also be able to use the station, too.
We recently reported on another solar-powered charging station in the United States, a project at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. While that installation is larger, the units are only partially powered by the sun.
Located near the 405 and 605 freeways in Cypress, the Mitsubishi charging station comes just after Google announced a similar project. And although it won’t technically be a part of the “Green Highway” that will run from California to Canada, it will offer one more option for Mitsubishi i EV drivers who need a boost of energy.