Provider of chargers for electric vehicles, Envision Solar, has announced that it has completed the delivery of a $3.3 million, 50-unit, order of EV ARC units to the City of New York which will provide charging to electric vehicles across multiple departments including New York City’s police and fire departments and other services.
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The engineering, permitting and construction of grid-tied EV chargers can be challenging, expensive and time consuming in large and complex cities like New York City. The EV ARC unit’s rapid deployment, which requires no construction nor planning or installation services, makes it a highly scalable, rapidly and easily deployed EV infrastructure solution. In addition, the EV ARC continues to provide EV charging during power outages, whether caused by weather events, grid capacity failures, public emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances. The EV ARC product’s integrated emergency power panel also has the capability to provide potentially vital power to first responders during these times.
“Envision Solar has provided EV ARC products in more than 90 of the approximately 19,000 municipalities throughout the US” said Desmond Wheatley, president and CEO of Envision Solar. “The successful delivery of this sizeable order to the largest city in the country clearly demonstrates our ability to scale up as we continue to grow. Envision’s EV ARC product provides the City with the cleanest driving-on-sunshine experience while never generating a construction or utility bill, which ultimately results in improved city performance and saves taxpayer dollars. We are delighted to continue to have New York City as a customer and look forward to providing more EV ARCs in the future.”
In a recent newsletter, the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) announced that it had achieved considerable savings after it began switching its fleet to electric vehicles (EV) as part of the City’s ‘NYC Clean Fleet Initiative’ which aims to cut the greenhouse gas emissions of the NYC Fleet (NYCF) by 50 percent by 2025. As of January 2019, New York City had 1,756 EVs on the road, with another 163 on order. As a result, New York City has one of the largest fleets from which it can gather and analyse actual real-world data on the performance of its EV fleet of vehicles.
Invented and manufactured in California, the patented EV ARC and EV ARC HP products fit inside single parking spaces without reducing available parking. The EV ARC units generate enough clean solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day, while the EV ARC HP fast chargers provide up to 1,100 miles per day. The system’s solar electric generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak which enables the solar array to follow the sun, generating up to 25 percent more electricity than a fixed array. The energy is stored in the unit’s on-board energy storage system for charging day or night and can provide charging and emergency grid power in the event of a grid failure.
The units provide Level I, Level II and DC Fast Charging and require no trenching, foundations or installation work of any kind They can be deployed in minutes and can be moved to a new location with ease.