New solar-powered EV chargers have been built in New York, expanding the city’s total number of solar chargers to 89.
Beam Global, the company behind the chargers, has produced all the 9.5-feet tall chargers which feature a huge flat solar array and can tilt to track the sun’s course across the sky.
Despite their size – the chargers are even wind tested to 120 mph – they are transportable and require no construction, permitting or electrical work. The chargers aren’t connected to the grid, either, meaning that New Yorkers will be able to charge their cars regardless of any power outages that may occur.
“We are seeing an increase in extreme weather events across the US and globally. Nobody can afford to lose their fueling infrastructure for prolonged periods. The EV ARC can charge EVs during the power outages that are an increasingly common result of this climate shift and other factors affecting our grid,” says Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley.
“Organizations in areas subject to hurricanes, rising seawater and flooding due to unusually heavy rainfall can experience permanent damage to traditional electric infrastructure. The EV ARC product can survive these events and provide vital power when the grid cannot.”
Based in San Diego, Beam Global has also deployed its chargers in California and Hawaii.