Fresno County Unveils Countywide Solar-Powered EV Charging Program Using Envision Solar’s EV ARC™
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – May 26th, 2017 – Envision Solar International, Inc., (OTCQB: EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewably energized EV charging, outdoor media and energy security products company, announced that the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency (FCRTA), San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and CALSTART unveiled a program providing the Company’s EV ARC™ solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations in 13 rural incorporated cities throughout Fresno County. This is the largest single deployment of solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations in the County and the first to link all the rural cities in one single county.
FCRTA selected Envision Solar’s EV ARC™ product, which is the only rapidly deployable, transportable solar-powered EV charger available while simultaneously being the only renewably energized EV charging solution which provides both EV charging and emergency power during a grid failure.
State of California contract #1-15-61-16 was awarded to Envision Solar to supply EV ARC™ products to State of California Departments and other local government agencies or entities. Both the SJVAPCD and FCRTA provided funding for the purchase and deployment of the EV ARC™ products, which include back-up energy storage for emergency services. The CALSTART San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center is funded, in part, by a grant from the CEC. The FCRTA funding was provided, in part, by Caltrans.
“This project is a great model of what can be done via partnerships and cooperation to develop truly sustainable transportation. The California Energy Commission, through its support of the CALSTART center, is very pleased to be part of this project that makes cars powered by the sun a reality in rural Fresno County,” said Commissioner Janea Scott.
An electric vehicle which is recharged by EV ARC™ products has a total emission level which is effectively zero. The EV ARC™ products will provide no-cost charging for San Joaquin Valley EV drivers, helping to make electric cars more affordable for Fresno County residents. 12 of the 13 units are located in disadvantaged communities.
“This is an important project that demonstrates that running cars powered by the sun is not a dream but an actual reality. CALSTART is very appreciative of the funding support provided by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, the California Energy Commission, Caltrans and the Fresno County Rural Transportation Agency,” said CALSTART President and CEO, John Boesel.
“We view this as an important step in building the electric vehicle market in the San Joaquin Valley,” said CALSTART’s San Joaquin Valley Regional Director, Joseph Oldham. “We are very interested in replicating this project in the other counties in the valley,” said Oldham.
“Fresno County has shown great leadership in providing our EV ARC products to their constituency,” said Desmond Wheatley, Envision Solar’s CEO. “Free solar-powered EV charging is a fantastic fit in this hard-working area of the State where pollution is high and incomes are low. We look forward to fulfilling many more deployments for Fresno County.”
Invented and manufactured in California, the EV ARC™ fits inside a parking space and generates enough clean, 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. The energy is stored in the EV ARC™ product’s energy storage for charging day or night and to provide emergency power during a grid failure. Because the EV ARC™ product requires no trenching, foundations or installation work of any kind, it is deployed in minutes and can be moved to a new location with ease. EV ARC™ products are manufactured in the Company’s San Diego facility by combat veterans, the disabled, minorities and other highly talented, mission-driven team members.
About Envision Solar International, Inc.
Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, is a sustainable technology innovation company whose unique and patented products include the EV ARC™ and the Solar Tree® with EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, SunCharge™ Solar Electric Vehicle Charging, ARC™ technology energy storage and EnvisionMedia solar advertising displays.
Based in San Diego the company produces Made in America products. Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information, visit www.envisionsolar.com or call (866) 746-0514.
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