Electrify America has added 30 solar-powered EV charging stations with two Level 2 chargers each to its network in California.

The off-grid, stand-alone chargers are located throughout the Central Valley and inland areas of Southern California, intended to provide greater access to sustainable EV charging for drivers in rural parts of the State.

Electrify America’s EV charging infrastructure plans in California include a commitment to increasing access to EV charging infrastructure in rural areas to both facilitate regional travel and drive adoption of EVs in countryside communities.

With complementary charging, the new solar units help combat two of the biggest barriers to EV adoption in the locations – access to public charging and affordability. The network ensured more than half of these chargers were located in disadvantaged and low income communities.

“Electrify America’s mission centres around increasing access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure to meet the differing needs of drivers across a diverse set of communities and lifestyles,”  said Electrify America senior manager, home and ecommerce, Nina Huesgen.

 “We believe adding renewable energy to our offerings and expanding access to public charging in rural communities will help continue to spur EV adoption in the State.”

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Twenty of the 30 solar-powered charging stations are located at health care centres. With input from public and private stakeholders, Electrify America identified educational and health care institutions as ideal charging points due to high amounts of traffic and extended hours of access.

Locations were selected after further analysing communities with the greatest need for charging, existing charging options and local travel patterns, among other factors.

Ten solar-powered charging stations were deployed in coordination with the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency. All 30 EV ARC charging stations were sourced from Beam Global (formerly Envision Solar), the San Diego-based clean tech company, which manufactures EV ARC infrastructure products in California.

Onboard ARC Technology energy storage enables the chargers to operate at night, in inclement weather and in the event of a blackout or power outage.