With more and more companies producing electric cars, and consumers looking to buy emissions-free vehicles that can save them significant money at the pump, is it any surprise that solar charging canopies are gaining in prominence?
Using solar power to charge electric vehicles (EVs) is becoming more common-place both at residential and commercial sites. General Motors has pursuing more eco-friendly electric vehicles including as the Chevrolet Volt. Now, new solar charging canopies, including the Tracking Solar T have been installed at GM’s Company Vehicle Operations site in Warren, Michigan.
Envision Solar has developed the Tracking Solar Tree, which generates additional solar power by following the course of the sun as it crosses the sky each day. The hybrid multi-axis tracking design increases renewable energy production by 25% compared to traditional solar panels. The Solar Tree can produce up to 30,000 kilowatt hours over a year, which is enough solar energy to charge six electric vehicles per day.
Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy said:
“We are constantly looking for places where we can add a renewable focus. This solar tree is an ideal addition because not only does it provide a space to charge our electric vehicles, but it’s another step in our journey toward cleaner energy use.”
Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO of Envision Solar also stated:
“Our Solar Tree structures can be installed in any location while our unique tracking solution allows us to always get the most from the sun. As such they are the perfect visible embodiment of GM and its dealerships commitment to the environment and the future of electric and other highly efficient vehicles. We look forward to installing many more of our iconic tracking Solar Tree structures for GM in the coming months.”
When it comes to electric vehicles, what do you think about these solar charging canopies?