[Updated 8/19/13 9:00 am EDT to include more product and price details]
It sounds too good to be true: an easy-to-install, standalone solar charging station that requires no foundation, no trenching, no building permit and no grid connection. But that’s just what San Diego-based Envision Solar (OTCQB: EVSI) is offering. The company has announced that its new EV ARC is ready to ship to customers.
According to Envision Solar, the EV ARC is designed to fit inside one standard parking space, is delivered to the customer site ready to operate and requires no installation work. It will offer EV Charging day or night through the use of on-board battery storage. It’s even fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“EV ARC is a paradigm-shifting technology product which should appeal to anyone who is interested in rolling out EV chargers,” said Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO of Envision Solar. “The fact that these units are installed in minutes and can be moved without disrupting the host site makes EV charger installation painless and available to anyone for the first time. They are very attractive and act as a billboard for sustainability.”
According to the company, the US-made EV ARC generates approximately 16 kWh per day, and stores the energy in a 22 kWh on-board battery pack. The solar panels use the company’s EnvisionTrak technology, which enables the solar array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25 percent more electricity than a conventional fixed array.
Wheatley told Plugincars.com that the new system is “agnostic” to EVSEs, uses batteries from All-Cell in Chicago, and solar modules from Mage. He said the off-grid charger costs $40,000, although the price will drop by as much as 50 percent with large orders.
“We believe the cost points will end up being incredibly competitive,” he said. “First, you will get half the cost off your federal tax liability, and there’s no need to dig a trench, install a transformer, face demand charges or, indeed, any bills from the utility—it’s instant EV charging.”