WEDNESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER, 2009 |
Solar Powered EV Charging Stations For California
One of the hurdles facing pure-play electric cars is the ability to recharge
them on long journeys. Another is the source of the electricity. A car being
charged by electricity generated by a coal fired power station somewhat
tarnishes the green street-cred of this mode of transportation. Yet another
hurdle is the time it takes to recharge an EV.
A new project in the USA seeks to help address all three issues.
US companies SolarCity
and Rabobank, last week announced a partnership to construct the world’s first
solar powered fast-charge electric car charging corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The four charging stations will allow all-electric cars to complete the journey
emission-free, courtesy of solar energy.
SolarCity is no stranger to the technology and has installed over 2,500 EV
charging stations to date, mainly for private use in connection with grid
on the roof of a home generate DC electricity which is then converted
to AC by an inverter
suitable for use in the home. The charging station is connected via the home's
main circuit board. Using this method makes the electricity used to recharge the
The SolarCity owned and operated corridor will be built in cooperation with electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla
Motors and will provide a full charge in one-third the amount of time of other charging stations.
Of all the US states, California is widely considered the most aggressive in its
support of electric vehicles. The corridor would be the first interregional effort of its kind and would be the first to include solar power at a charging station.
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