State of California places order for 52 more EV ARC solar powered charging systems

Sustainable EV charging provider Beam Global has announced an order from the California Department of General Services (DGS) for 52 Beam Global EV ARC solar-powered EV charging systems.
State of California places order for 52 more EV ARC solar powered charging systems
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The EV ARC sustainable charging unit is ideal for EV charging, outdoor media, and energy security. The units will expand access to sustainable EV charging and emergency power for 12 state government agencies. They are transportable, off-grid and require no construction, permitting or electrical work, providing fleet vehicles with access to clean, resilient EV charging.

The units are also wind rated to 120mph, flood-proof to 9½ feet and feature an emergency power panel. They can serve as emergency preparedness sustainable generators for fleet operators and first responders as they continue to operate during grid failures and provide power in locations without access to the utility grid.

The order for the units by DGS was funded by a California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) grant and executed by the DGS Office of Sustainability’s Transportation Unit. It will bolster the state’s off grid and resilient EV charging infrastructure for government-owned fleets, which already incorporates Beam Global products previously deployed statewide. The systems will provide power during emergencies and charge State of California EV fleets year-round.

DGS has allocated the new EV ARC systems, according to each agency’s needs, for delivery and deployment within 90 days of order placement. This bulk purchase reflects Beam Global’s capability to fulfill orders of increasing scale while generating recurring demand, particularly in the public sector.

“We believe that this, the largest single order in our history is indicative of an increased emphasis on rapidly deployed and grid independent EV charging infrastructure by all branches of government” said Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley. “The US has a Strategic Petroleum Reserve but there is no Strategic Electricity Reserve. Each EV ARC deployed contributes to our nation’s energy security and in combination, provide the beginnings of a Strategic Electric Reserve. We are observing that this vital capability is becoming increasingly recognized in purchasing decisions and we applaud DGS and OES for taking this leadership position in securing the fuel of the future for California.” 

Federal, state and local authorities are accelerating demand for renewably-powered EV charging in the US in response to recent grid failures and ambitious clean energy and electrified transportation targets. California is a leader in the transition, with Governor Gavin Newsom setting a 2035 deadline for phasing out internal combustion engine vehicle sales and advocating for $1.5 billion in public investments in the state’s EV charging networks. The State of Washington has announced a similar ban five years earlier in 2030. At the federal level, President Biden aims to deploy 500,000 new public EV charging outlets as part of the administration’s strategy to revitalise the country’s transportation infrastructure and fight climate change. 

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