Over the past several years, numerous designers and architects have worked on the problem of what to do with the millions of metal shipping containers that come into this country every year from places like China. Since we don't actually make much in the U.S. anymore for export, no one likes to send back empty containers.
There have been attempts to transform containers in to modular homes and storage units. The latest is a product of New York based Beautiful Earth Group. Two containers are stacked on top of each other and a solar array is mounted on top. The upper container holds the transformers and energy storage that allows a car to be charged. The bottom unit becomes a recharging garage. The company has a demonstration unit set up in Brooklyn with a MINI E being charged. It's a completely off grid solution that also repurposes containers. A good deal all around.