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Commonwealth of Massachusetts paves the way for solar powered EV charging stations

EV ARC by Envision Solar

Envision Solar International announced that Massachusetts has awarded the company a new statewide contract for solar powered EV charging stations.

With the contract in hand, state agencies can place purchase orders (PO) with Envision without going through any purchasing process because all due diligence and pricing negotiation has been completed by the state, according to Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Envision Solar.

Envision Solar’s EV ARC products fit inside single parking spaces and generate enough clean solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day. The company’s fast charging systems provide up to 1,100 miles per day. The system’s solar electrical generation is enhanced by a tracking system that the company says means it generates up to 25 percent more energy than a fixed array.

The contract with Massachusetts covers several EV ARC models. The contract also includes Envision’s emergency power solutions, which provide a secure and reliable source of electricity to first responders during natural disasters or other periods of utility grid interruption.

Under similar contracts with the California and the New York City, Envision Solar has delivered the highest volumes of EV ARC units compared to any other customer group or contract vehicle. Wheatley said Envision’s last NYC PO was for 50 units and totaled $3.3M.

The addition of Envision’s high-powered and DC fast charging products will enable Massachusetts government agencies to rapidly deploy a broad set of EV charging infrastructure solutions, which are not grid connected, require no construction or electrical work and will continue to charge their fleet vehicles during grid outages.

“We have learned that having contracts in place with large government purchasing agencies is a highly efficient way for us to get our products to market,” said Wheatley.

Massachusetts actively supports electric vehicle and EV charging adoption through programs such as the MOR-EV Rebate program and the MassDEP open grant program, which provides incentives to Massachusetts cities, towns, state agencies, and public colleges and universities to acquire electric vehicles and charging stations.

The contract will run from December 1, 2019 and is valid until October 16, 2021.