New highway charging station in Georgia has solar panels and 175 kW of power

The Ray, a nonprofit transportation lab, has overseen the opening of a solar-powered public fast charging station at the visitor information center on I-85 in West Point, Georgia. The station is strategically located to facilitate travel between the state capitals of Georgia and Alabama, and charging is free.

This charging location was originally opened in 2015 with a 50 kW charger. That has been upgraded to an ABB 175 kW Terra HP, a modular system that can be scaled up to 350 kW at a future date. The site features a grid-connected system with 12 solar panels.

“At The Ray, we want to demonstrate what’s next and showcase the electrification of transportation,” said John Picard, VP of The Ray. “With this new charger, we can show how easy it is to store energy and rapidly recharge.”

Cincinnati-based Donovan Energy served as the technology partner for the project. “We felt the flexible architecture of the ABB Terra HP high power solution was an ideal fit for what The Ray was looking to accomplish in this upgrade of their charging infrastructure,” said Jeff Martin, COO of Donovan Energy.

“Having EV chargers in convenient locations like rest stops are the next frontier for electric vehicle charging,” said Tim Echols of the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Source: The Ray

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