Electrify America Opens 8 Solar-Powered Charging Stations; 22 More To Come

No grid service? No problem.

Electrify America has announced the opening of eight of the thirty planned solar-powered charging stations that are designed to offer EV owners a way to charge at rural California destinations. 

We first reported on the planned $2 million rollout of the thirty Envision EV ARC 2020 solar-powered charging stations earlier this year. Back then, Electrify America explained to us that these stations will have minimum impact on the area where they are located because they don’t require any construction to install them. They simply drop them on the site and turn them on.

Each charging station has two Level 2 chargers with the ability to charge up to 3.5kW. The stations are independently rated to withstand winds up to 120 mph and floods up to 9.5 feet, and can operate in the event of a blackout or power outage.

The charging stations have a 4.28-kW sun-tracking solar array and a 32 kWh battery to store the energy so EVs can use the stations even when the sun isn’t shining. The systems provide off-grid EV charging that’s truly zero-emission, with 100% renewable electricity. The units can be placed where there is currently no access to electricity or at a site that has electricity, but the supply isn’t robust enough to support EV charging.