Solar powered electric vehicle charging stations launch in SF
Electric vehicle owners in San Francisco now have a new option to charge their rides thanks to some good old solar power. Making it even better than charging from your home power outlet is that it's completely free.
Thanks to company +Envision Solar, three Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Chargers have been installed in San Francisco, allowing completely off-the-grid charging.
The solar powered units each generate 3.3 kilowatts of electricity, and are connected to a lithium-ion battery pack capable of storing 22.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity.
The charging stations are said to be valued at $45,000 each, and San Francisco's Department of the Environment and Charge Across Town were also responsible for bringing them to the city.
The 3.3kW of electricity puts the units at the units in Level 2 classification, albeit at the lower end, but this is still more efficient than charging a car from a typical 120V power outlet.
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