EV charging company Envision Solar International, Inc., has announced that its EV ARC solar charging station has been selected for deployment at Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
The City of Santa Monica, California will deploy Envision Solar’s EV ARC solar charging station at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport to provide emissions free EV charging and emergency power. The EV ARC was invented in California and is manufactured in Envision Solar’s San Diego facility by combat veterans, the disabled, minorities and other highly talented team members. It fits inside a parking space and generates enough clean solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving per day. The system’s solar electrical generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak which causes the array to follow the sun, generating up to 25 percent more electricity than a fixed array.
The energy generated by the EV ARC is stored in its energy storage unit for charging day or night and to provide emergency power during a grid failure. The EV ARC requires no trenching, foundations or installation work of any kind and can be deployed in minutes while also being able to be moved to a new location with ease.
“Putting in EV charging infrastructure is actually quite complex and this technology hopscotches most of the headaches” said James Conway, Senior Sustainability Analyst for the City of Santa Monica. “This investment marks an early and important demonstration of how distributed energy generation can work for us. It is modular and flexible and supports our mission to provide innovative, renewable, reliable, and convenient sources of energy to get us closer to our ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.”
Envision Solar CEO Desmond Wheatley added that airports have some of the busiest parking lots in the country and trenching and other construction work is generally even more complicated and expensive than in other locations.
According to the CIA World Factbook there were 15,079 airports in the United States in 2010 and that number is increasing. EV ARC products are ideally suited for environments where construction and electrical work is complex and expensive. Additionally, airports have a higher than normal requirement for the stand by and emergency power delivered by EV ARC. Envision Solar believes the airport market is another significant opportunity which has been validated by this order from one of the nation’s best known Municipal Airports.