Chicago has just unveiled the first solar-powered electric vehicle charging station. The Solar Plug-In Stations will be used daily by the City of Chicago Department of Fleet Management to power the city’s electric cars.
Scott Emalfarb, CEO at Carbon Day said, “Without these stations it would be like driving around in traditional cars without the availability of gas stations. The day of true plug-in electric vehicles will be here sooner than most people realize and the world needs to be ready to accommodate them. Carbon Day will build them and they will come.”
Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies said, “Carbon Day and the City of Chicago are demonstrating true innovation, ingenuity and initiative… Solar energy and electric vehicles are an inevitable partnership that is one more step to reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”
Carbon Day Automotive’s Solar Plug-In Station(TM), built by Carbon Day Construction, was designed by the world renowned firm of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.
Wanxiang America Corporation manufactured the solar panels that form a tree-like canopy built by Residential Steel. Pure Energy, LLC, Northbrook installed the sculpted piece and interfaced it with the concealed underground battery pack enhanced to store solar energy, specially designed and developed by ALL CELL Technologies.
Carbon Day Automotive hopes to have thousands of these stations nationwide by 2011. It’s time for the rest of the world, especially the sunnier parts, to get serious about a strategy to match the predicted decline in oil reserves with an increase in renewable energy sources.