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Chicago Unveils First Solar Plug-in Charging Station

Posted By Jorge Chapa On April 28, 2009 @ 11:00 am In Green Transportation,Renewable Energy,TransportationTuesday | 4 Comments

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Earlier this year we introduced you to Chargepoint [2], a network of electric vehicle charging stations [3] that have been installed cities across the US and Canada. Well, making a great idea even better, Carbon Day Automotive [4] recently announced the installation of a Solar Powered Chargepoint station [5] in the city of Chicago. Solar charged electric vehicles? Fantastic!

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Designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture [6], the station is located at the Department of Fleet Maintenance, and it will be used to power the city’s electric fleet. The setup is simple, taking the sun’s power, and turning it into electricity that can be easily accessed by plug-in vehicles.

Since one of the biggest issues with electric vehicles is their lack of infrastructure [7], these solar charging stations could offer the perfect solution to this issue. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if these could be deployed in any parking lot everywhere in the world?

+ Chargepoint [8]

Via JetsonGreen [5]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=26175

[2] Chargepoint: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/14/coulomb-technologies-unveils-first-chargepoint-in-san-jose/

[3] charging stations: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/10/better-place-vehicle-network-expanding-quickly/

[4] Carbon Day Automotive: http://carbonday.com/automotive/

[5] Solar Powered Chargepoint station: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2009/04/solar-powered-ev-charging-stations.html

[6] Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture: http://www.smithgill.com/

[7] infrastructure: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/13/texas-to-build-wind-power-superhighway/

[8] + Chargepoint: http://mychargepoint.net/

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