On July 7, Mitsubishi Motors unveiled its solar-powered charging station at its headquarters in Cypress, CA. The station, which includes two 110-volt ports, one 220-volt plug-in point and a single CHAdeMO quick-charge setup, is open to the general public. So open, in fact, that Mitsubishi says that all plug-in vehicle owners are welcome to pull in and fill up free of charge.
Beautiful Earth Group (BEG), a Brooklyn, NY-based renewable energy company, has installed a solar-powered plug-in vehicle charging station right in its own backyard. Well, sort of. You see, BEG's solar charging units sits in Brooklyn Bridge Park – an 85-acre sustainable waterfront piece of land with views of New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline.
Researchers at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory concluded a study on the costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the U.S. and discovered that the average installed price for PV systems dropped dramatically in 2010.
Charging an electric vehicle (EV) via solar power is not a novel idea, but the Car Arc concept from modular bike park system designer Bike Arc attacks the task of capturing the sun rays with some modern flair. The Car Arc's curvaceous structure is made from extruded metal tubes that are shaped to form a carport-like structure that can be installed just about anywhere.