Under a new three-year contract with Envision, New York City is adding in new at least 30 solar-powered EV ARC electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The agreement is helping the city achieve Mayor de Blasio's NYC Clean Fleet initiative, allowing vehicles charged by the systems to be 100 percent emissions free.
"New York City is one of the world's most recognizable brands," said Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Envision Solar. "Amongst all the available choices they have selected our American made, secure, solar powered EV charging station showing that the world's greatest city can drive on sunshine and save lives with our solar powered energy storage units.”
It’s the largest order to date for Envision, which has already delivered the first units under the contract. The first chargers were delivered on May 10th and were not only showcased at the city's 29th Annual Fleet Show at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows, but used them to power the event. Afterwards they relocated to permanent locations at the World's Fair Marina and Thomas Edison High School in Queens.
Envision has been making inroads in New York. Earlier this month it announced the installation a remote EV ARC charging station at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve near Buffalo, NY, extending the possible range of EVs in the region.
The EV ARC units will charge city fleet vehicles and allow the city to power its fleet even if the city experiences a blackout. The model selected by the city also can fold down during a hurricane to reduce the likelihood of it being destroyed or damaged. But even in that low-profile configuration it can still generate, store and deliver electricity, according to Envision. Also, the chargers are equipped with an emergency power (E-Power) panel, allowing emergency personal to use it as a generator during disasters or other grid outages.
To suit New York’s needs, it’s also ordered Envision’s ARC Mobility trailer system, allowing the city to move the systems if needed. Ultimately the city will have EV ARCs installed across its five boroughs.
The city is purchasing Envision’s EV ARC systems under an initial, $3.8 million contract. However, it the contract could be expanded at its end.Tweet