Envision Solar International, Inc., a sustainable infrastructure product designer and developer, announced today that it has completed the engineering and fabrication of what it is calling the world's first fully autonomous, fully mobile, fully renewable Electric Vehicle Charging station. The EV ARC is ready to ship to customers.
The EV ARC is a standalone solar charging station that requires no foundation, no trenching, no building permit and no grid connection.
Designed to fit inside one standard parking space the EV ARC does not reduce available parking because vehicles park on its ballasted pad. EV ARC is ADA compliant and will offer EV Charging day or night through the use of on board battery storage. The EV ARC is delivered to the customer site ready to operate and requires no installation work.
Invented, engineered and fabricated in the United States, the EV ARC generates approximately 16 kWhrs per day that are stored and ready for use in the 22 kWhr on board battery storage. The system's clean solar electrical generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak, which enables the solar array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25% more electricity than a conventional fixed array.
The past year has seen a major uptick in deployments of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). This acceleration is a direct result of developments in the market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant's Energy Practice, the EVSE market is expected to expand steadily as well. Unit sales of EVSE will rise from under 200,000 in 2012 to 3.8 million in 2020. According to the Pike Research study, 11.4 million EV charging stations will be in operation worldwide by 2020.
For more about solar car charging, see "Electric Vehicles: Charged by the sun".