State of California Signs New Contract for Solar-Powered EV Charging


Envision Solar International Inc. has been awarded a new multiyear contract from the State of California to supply its solar-powered EV ARC electric vehicle charging stations.

The contract term is for two years with an option to extend for two additional one-year periods. The use of the contract is mandatory for all State of California departments and is available for use by local governmental agencies. The contract covers several EV ARC models and also includes, for the first time, Envision’s DC fast-charging EV ARC models. The contract also includes Envision’s emergency power solutions, which can provide a source of electricity to first responders during natural disasters or other periods of utility grid interruption.

Under a previous contract, Envision Solar delivered multiple EV ARC units to agencies including Caltrans, the Department of General Services, the Office of the Inspector General, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the State University System. The new contract will enable California government agencies to deploy a broader set of EV charging infrastructure solutions as they work to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order mandating the installation of 250,000 public EV chargers by 2025.

Invented and manufactured in California, the EV ARC fits inside a parking space without reducing available parking and generates and stores enough solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day. The system’s solar electrical generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak, which causes the array to follow the sun, generating up to 25% more electricity than a fixed array.

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