It seems like almost every day now we are seeing more and more news on electric vehicle chargers and related installations, which is all and good except for the fact many Americans still aren’t sold on the notion of owning such cars. Perhaps having the infrastructure already in place first will convince more to get on board? If such is the case, one innovative system that’s clean energy autonomous because of included energy storage might be a solution.
Envision Solar, which we knew of previously because of their Solar Tree electric car charger design, is now expanding into a new product known as EV ARC. It is described as the “world’s first fully autonomous, fully mobile, full renewable electric vehicle charging station.” It is a standalone solution that seems to need no digging, permitting or grid connection to function – you just drop it in and it apparently is ready to fully charge your Leaf or Model S through solar energy.
Engineered and fabricated domestically, EV ARC is designed to fit inside one standard parking space. It generates up to 16 kWh from solar power each day that can be stored and ready to use in the included 22 kWh on-board battery storage. To make sure it gets maximum sun exposure during the day and thus more solar energy potential, it is equipped with technology which tracks the sun’s movement. This enables the solar array to follow along, generating reportedly up to 25 percent more power than a regular fixed solar installation.
The notion of energy storage attached to solar charging stations such as this is something we see catching on slowly, appearing in places like Chicago. It holds a key benefit over regular solar charging installations, such as this one in Vermont, in that it need not be grid connected since, in theory, the combination of renewable power and energy storage provide for a self-contained solution.