Envision Solar has announced that the City of Oakland, California, has become the first municipality to re-deploy its EV ARC units to COVID-19 response facilities.
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The solar-powered EV chargers are off-grid so can be readily relocated, unlike in-ground EV chargers. The emergency power panel and rapid redeployment capability uniquely equip EV ARCs to serve double duty as an emergency source of electricity in times of need.
The EV ARC is off-grid, solar-powered and transportable, which means it can be easily re-deployed to locations with an increased need for EV charging or emergency power. It can also be deployed into environments where power is needed but a connection to the utility grid is not available, such as surge facilities, pop-up testing centres and emergency shelters. Diesel generators have traditionally been the go-to source of power for these requirements, but the combination of exhaust and noise pollution make them less desirable than the silent and emissions-free electricity provided by the EV ARC products, which are now being transported to facilities engaged in the city’s response to the coronavirus.
Using electric vehicles powered by the sun at these facilities further reduces local airborne pollutants which could cause additional harm to those with respiratory health concerns. The power delivered by the City’s EV ARC units is free in contrast to the option of renting generators and buying liquid fuels. The City of Oakland took an early lead in preventing the spread of COVID-19 with a stay at home order placed on March 17th, two days earlier than the statewide stay at home order was enacted.
“The City of Oakland utilises sustainable/resilient equipment that may be deployed creatively to accomplish a variety of missions” Oakland Public Works Assistant Director Richard Battersby said. “In this case, zero-emission solar powered electric vehicle chargers are being used to provide electrical power to emergency response field sites. Yesterday this EV ARC was a solar powered electric vehicle charger providing fuel to the City’s zero emission vehicle fleet, and today it is providing zero-emission electrical power to a COVID-19 response site.”
Desmond Wheatley, CEO at Envision Solar, added that the units cost nothing to run and they deliver service with precious little care or maintenance and that’s exactly what they are designed to do.
“But they are also designed to provide a highly reliable and clean source of fuel for transportation and other requirements in the event that the utility-grid cannot deliver” Mr Wheatley said. “We could not forecast when the requirement would hit or what it would be, but we designed the products knowing that one day they might be the only reliable source of power our first responders and frontline workers could rely upon. Tragically, COVID-19 has delivered an opportunity for EV ARC to demonstrate its multiple layers of value. I am proud to support Oakland and our other customers at this time.”