Mock Up Of Two Car Charging Station
Princeton Satellite Systems, a New Jersey based company, has designed an EV charging system that will be powered by solar panels.
The system, called SunStation, uses solar panels to charge EVs via a 240-AC connection with a battery backup. The standard version can charge a 1.6-kilowatt battery in about 10 hours. Consisting of 4 solar panels, this version costs around $27,000.
“Other charging stations require you to put them where you have access to power. It reduces your flexibility,” said Michael Paluszek, president of Princeton Satellite Systems.
Sunspot's Smallest Solar Charging Option
Princeton Satellite System also offers a larger version, with a price around $55,000, that offers even more flexibility and capacity.
"With its built-in battery it can charge EVs 24 hours a day. The SunStation provides 240 V AC power and can fully recharge a Nissan Leaf in 8 hours, a Chevy Volt in 4 and a Toyota Prius Plugin Hybrid in 1.5. The high-efficiency solar panels produce the maximum power with the minimum footprint. The station can charge up to two EVs simultaneously."
The company is expected to put the SunStations on the market within the next three months and will start with parking lots and mall operators. The company can also design charging stations to suit needs. A commercial venor can opt to include a credit card reader in its system, although Paluszek said that probably is not a good idea.
“It’s not very profitable, I think the better business model is to offer it for free and hope that people stay a while in your store. We anticipate that companies will want to provide these stations as a service to attract customers,” Paluszek said. “These are very expensive cars right now ... so people driving them are the type of people you want to attract to your store anyway.”