Envision Solar wins contract to provide EV ARC solar-powered chargers to New York City

Envision Solar’s EV ARC is a stand-alone solar-powered charger that fits inside a parking space and generates enough electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving each day. New York City has awarded the company a three-year contract worth $3.8 million. The city’s first order will be for at least thirty EV ARC units in 2017, making it the largest order in the company’s history so far.

The first units have already been delivered, and were featured at the city’s annual Fleet Show at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows. The EV ARC units charged EVs and supplied the event’s power needs before being relocated to their permanent locations at the World’s Fair Marina and Thomas Edison High School in Queens.

New York has also ordered the company’s ARC Mobility transportation system, which allows a single operator to pick up and move an EV ARC anywhere within a 1,500-mile radius. The EV ARC units will be deployed across the five boroughs and will be used to charge the city’s fleet of EVs.

Each EV ARC is also equipped with an emergency power panel, which allows first responders and utility personnel to use the EV ARC as an emergency generator during disasters or other grid outages.


Source: Envision Solar

  • Vincent Wolf

    Good deal for the environment.


      Think this is a major waste of city money, for so little power and mileage conversion. These chargers realistically will only be able to charge one city fleet car per day, and they won’t even be able to use that car fully electric for the whole day.. Fast chargers are the way to go, yes they will be grid tied. But established charge stations is not such a bad thing. More power equals more miles off gas.

  • Pat Campbell

    An extremely expensive way to deliver 60 kWh/day. My home Blink unit does better than double that. Political toys …

    • Benjamin Nead

      And you home Blink is off the grid and exclusively solar powered? Please, tell us more.

      • Pat Campbell

        No. I am on the grid. A very expensive machine to provide a few solar kWH to a few people is a waste of money. You could provide a massive number of standard grid tied L2 chargers for the same cost. The grid could supply solar/wind/hydro power more effectively than a few panels attached to a battery and charger located in a concrete canyon. It’s political theater that doesn’t get BEV use moving ahead.

        • Sailingsoul

          Hay Pat! You’ve raised some valid points. Reminds me of “solar roads” which are the same “political theater” where public money is involved. I say, forget all the costs that come into the equation with designing batteries into the mix & their semiannual replacement costs, along with the charge controller cost needed. Simply have the panels directly grid tied. Every watt the panels produce is either put into the grid or goes to charging a car. That eliminates the charge/discharge losses that designing batteries into the device will come with.

    • qorw

      Not actually such a daft idea if the excess power which is not used to charge the EV goes back into the City’s Grid! All the charge stations should be “grid-tied” so that the excess power (or when there is no vehicle in the parking bay)will feed into the grid effectively earning its worth from electricity “sales” to other consumers, AND if there is an EV in the bay during bad weather the EV still charges off the grid!