New York extended how far electric vehicles (EV) can drive in the state with the installation of an Envision Solar EV ARC charging station at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve near Buffalo, NY. The off-grid and portable charging carport features a 2.3-kilowatt solar panel canopy and a 21.6 kilowatt-hour battery system that produces enough energy to charge up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day.
"Together with our partners, we're making it easier for drivers in western New York to use sunshine for fuel with the installation of a new solar carport," said the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Regional Director Abby Snyder. "The station provides us with a way to use the sun to fuel an electric vehicle without connecting to the energy grid, helping us lead by example and engaging our visitors to explore how our transportation needs can be met with clean energy."
The charging station will provide solar power to charge the nature preserve’s and visitors’ vehicles. The carport includes 120v AC and USB outlets that can provide emergency back-up power for first responders in case of a grid outage, or charge employees’ and visitors’ electronic devices. It also features a digital information kiosk to provide visitors with information about park events.
"I am thrilled to see the installation of solar powered electric vehicle charging stations at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve," said NYS Assembly member Monica Wallace. “This new feature will go a long way to attracting more families to visit this beautiful nature preserve and learn more about how we can protect and preserve our environment."
The 9 foot by 16 foot EV charger can be moved to different locations, deployed in minutes and fits in a parking spot. Due to its off-grid portability, the charging station does not require permits and certified electricians for installation or the need to build a foundation and dig electrical connection trenches.
The EV ARC will produce about 16 kilowatt-hours of electricity a day, enough to fully charge one EV. It has a photovoltaic tracking panel on movable mounts that are programed to follow the sun. The tracker also swings in such a way that keeps it from exceeding the linear alignment of a parking space.
"We want to help people realize that electric cars are the future, but that doesn't mean that travel has to be limited," said Reinstein Woods Center Director Meaghan Boice-Green. "Innovations like this charging station demonstrates how solar power can be harnessed anywhere."
The installation of the EV ARC at Reinstein Woods comes just weeks after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the Drive Clean Rebate program at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. The $70 million initiative includes rebates of up to $2,000 to drivers that purchase new EVs, plug-in hybrid electric cars or hydrogen fuel cell cars. The initiative is expected to reduce carbon emissions in the state by 115,000 metric tons annually, or the equivalent of removing 24,000 vehicles off the streets.Tweet