The holy grail of EV charging?

Electrify America announced today a $2 million investment in Envision Solar infrastructure. The effort will further increase rural Californians’ access to sustainable electric vehicle charging.

The move will place 30 solar-powered "EV ARC 2020" charging stations with two Level 2 EV chargers each and help Electrify America continue to expand access to public charging options across rural California. 

Envision Solar - EV ARC
Envision Solar - EV ARC

The EV ARC 2020 charging stations include two level 2 chargers capable of delivering 6 kW. The units have 32 kWh of onsite energy storage and a 4.28-kilowatt sun-tracking solar array. The system allows for true off-grid EV charging with 100% renewable electricity and can be placed where there is currently no access to an adequate supply of electricity to support EV charging. 

“Envision Solar’s innovative technology allows us to offer renewable energy solutions for electric vehicle charging,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer of Electrify America. “Along with supporting California’s broader air quality goals, this investment expands reliable, low-cost charging solutions to California residents living outside of major metropolitan areas – further demonstrating that electric vehicles are for everyone.”

These 30 stations will offer access to sustainable electric vehicle charging to drivers in rural areas, including the Central, Coachella, and Imperial Valleys of California.

Electrify America points out that these stations will have minimum impact on the sites because they don't require any construction to install them. They simply drop them on the site and turn them on: "because of the custom size and flexible nature of the EV ARC™ 2020, the stations can be deployed quickly and without disruptive construction. Deployment takes only minutes, and the chargers can fit easily inside a standard parking spot, preserving available parking."

“Electric vehicles accounted for about 8% of car sales in California in 2019 but EV penetration is still less than half a percent in rural areas,” said Desmond Wheatley, chief executive officer of Envision Solar. “Electrify America’s deployment of our rapidly deployed, solar-powered EV charging products will help the state get closer to its goal of 250,000 charging stations by 2025 while putting fully emissions free driving within reach of those who need it most. We look forward to continuing to support Electrify America’s efforts now and in the future.”

In a perfect world, all EV charging would be done from 100% renewable sources. On-site energy storage is needed for installations like this because of the peaks and valleys of usage as well as generation and the EV ARC 2020 looks on paper to be a great solution for a number of use cases. 

We'd like to know what you think about these units. Do you see more of these being used in the future? Or is it better for the long run to just bring grid electricity to these remote places? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Electrify America Invests $2 Million in Envision Solar Infrastructure, Further Increasing Rural Californians’ Access to Sustainable Electric Vehicle Charging


Placement of 30 durable, solar-powered EV ARC™ charging stations with two Level 2 EV chargers each will help Electrify America continue to expand access to public charging options across rural California


RESTON, VA (February 27, 2020) – Electrify America is investing $2 million in solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in rural California that are not tied to the electrical grid. The investment will expand access to sustainable EV charging to drivers in rural areas, including the Central, Coachella, and Imperial Valleys.


Electrify America is sourcing the chargers from Envision Solar (Nasdaq: EVSI, EVSIW), a San Diego-based sustainable technology company. The EV ARC™ 2020 is a transportable, solar-powered electric vehicle-charging infrastructure product. Each standalone station is equipped with a 4.28-kilowatt (kW) sun-tracking solar array, 32kWh of on-board battery storage, and two Electrify America Level 2 EV chargers capable of charging speeds up to 6kW. This combination allows for two customers to charge their vehicles at the same time using 100 percent renewable electricity – regardless of weather or time of day.


“Envision Solar’s innovative technology allows us to offer renewable energy solutions for electric vehicle charging,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer of Electrify America. “Along with supporting California’s broader air quality goals, this investment expands reliable, low-cost charging solutions to California residents living outside of major metropolitan areas – further demonstrating that electric vehicles are for everyone.”


Electrify America will dispatch 30 standalone EV ARC™ 2020 stations to carefully selected areas in rural California. Because of the custom size and flexible nature of the EV ARC™ 2020, the stations can be deployed quickly and without disruptive construction. Deployment takes only minutes, and the chargers can fit easily inside a standard parking spot, preserving available parking.


“Electric vehicles accounted for about 8% of car sales in California in 2019 but EV penetration is still less than half a percent in rural areas,” said Desmond Wheatley, chief executive officer of Envision Solar. “Electrify America’s deployment of our rapidly deployed, solar-powered EV charging products will help the state get closer to its goal of 250,000 charging stations by 2025 while putting fully emissions free driving within reach of those who need it most. We look forward to continuing to support Electrify America’s efforts now and in the future.”


The unique ability of EV ARC™ 2020 to operate independent of the electrical grid not only provides ease and flexibility in installation, but also makes it a reliable source of power. The units are built to withstand extreme weather – holding up against winds up to 120 mph and floods up to 9.5 feet. This keeps the technology operating in the event of a blackout or power outage, allowing EV customers to charge their vehicles and get home. Additionally, the chargers can serve as a resource for first responders who may need to quickly relocate the transportable units to provide power in the event of an emergency.


Installation of the Envision Solar chargers will begin in the first half of 2020. Like all public charging stations on the Electrify America network, the EV ARC™ 2020 chargers being deployed by Electrify America promote consumer choice by supporting all light-duty electric vehicles.
More details about Electrify America’s California Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plan can be found at https://www.electrifyamerica.com.


About Electrify America

Electrify America LLC, the largest open DC fast charging network in the U.S., is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. The investment will enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the build-out of a nationwide network of workplace, community and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable. Electrify America expects to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers by December 2021. During this period, the company will be expanding to 29 metros and 45 states, including two cross-country routes, delivering on its commitment to support increased ZEV adoption with a network that is comprehensive, technologically advanced and customer friendly. Electrify America also offers home charging solutions for consumers with flexible installation options. For more information, visit www.electrifyamerica.com and www.media.electrifyamerica.com. Connect with Electrify America on social media: @ElectrifyAm /ElectrifyAmerica @electrifyamerica /electrifyamerica


About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, produces and sells unique and patented sustainable infrastructure products, for electric vehicle charging, energy security and outdoor media, including the EV ARC™ and the Solar Tree® with EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, SunCharge™ solar Electric Vehicle Charging, ARC™ technology energy storage, and EnvisionMedia™ solar advertising displays.

Based in San Diego, the company produces Made in America products. Envision Solar is listed on the Nasdaq under the symbols EVSI and EVSIW. For more information visit www.envisionsolar.com or call (858) 799-4583. Follow us on social media to keep up with the latest news: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


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