Envision Solar announced that the City of Madison, Wisconsin deployed the its EV ARC, an off-grid, solar-powered EV charger for government fleet vehicles. Envision Solar said it is the first in the state.
Madison joins over 100
municipalities that benefit from Envision’s zero construction, zero utility
bill, off-grid EV charging infrastructure. The emergency power panel included
in the unit enhances energy resiliency and emergency preparedness, according to
“The City of Madison is pleased to own and operate our first EV ARC solar charging station. This unit will be based downtown at Brayton Lot. For years to come we will power the City’s electric cars from the sun’s rays, the most environmentally sustainable source available,” said Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayor of the City of Madison in Wisconsin.
“There will be zero emissions
from the cars and the electrical power. Additionally, solar charging gives us
resiliency in case of emergency or power blackouts. We are proud to lead
Wisconsin as the first government fleet in the state to operate a solar charging
station. We hope others will join us in this and our many efforts to electrify
transportation and switch to renewable energy,” she added.
The City of Madison, which currently operates more than 30 EVs, has a goal to achieve 100% carbon neutral operations by 2030. Deployment of the EV ARC solar-powered charging station is a visible commitment to the greening of the City.
In 2020 the City is planning to receive its first electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks and busses. Madison is also investing heavily in additional solar infrastructure for facilities in addition to EV charging.