What is the size of a standard parking space, provides some overhead protection, and can charge an electric vehicle without needing to be plugged into the electrical grid? That’d be the EV Arc, a clever EV charger from Envision Solar that can be deployed anywhere the sun shines and cars can park. The Arc has been updated for 2020 with a fresh, more space-efficient design that is now “flood-proof” to 9.5 feet and offers more parking area beneath it. Envision Solar also modified the Arc so that its solar array can be positioned to fit in angled, perpendicular, and parallel parking spaces.
The Arc consists of a parking pad, a pleasantly arcing structural post, and an umbrella-like solar array. Envision carved out more parking space below by lifting the the Arc’s electrical bits and energy storage off the ground; it now nestles up under the solar array, at the top of the structural post—like coconuts on a palm tree. (This move is also responsible for the Arc’s newfound flood-proofness, at least so long as the water depth doesn’t reach the solar array.) The solar canopy can move to any angle through a 360-degree range to maximize energy soak from sunshine in any parking space, no matter its orientation, following the sun throughout the day.
Per Envision, the EV Arc is capable of Level I, II, and DC Fast Charging levels and can generate enough electricity to “power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day,” while the EV Arc with DC fast charging can “provide up to 1,100 miles per day.” The energy storage built into the unit enables it to deliver juice even at night, using energy gathered during the day. Even with its new design, the EV Arc’s key appeal remains: It can be plopped practically anyplace and provide electric car owners with power. As the company puts it, “The EV ARC™ 2020 is an off-grid solar-powered EV charging infrastructure solution that requires no trenching, no construction, no permitting, no utility bill, and can be deployed in minutes.” Indeed.