The brilliant Giraffe 2.0 carport doubles as a power station to juice your EV up with clean, green power. Energy generated from solar panels and a wind turbine can be used to charge two electric vehicles, which can sit safely underneath the structure. The InnoVentum design is made both striking and practical by featuring artistic curves and a framework built from sustainable wood.
The Giraffe 2.0 features the same 24 solar panels and Windspot 3.5kW wind turbine as the original model from 2013, yet has been upgraded to include an EV charger. The unique curve of the photovoltaic panels allows for solar energy production that runs two hours earlier and two hours later than traditionally mounting. This artistic curve, and the wind turbine sitting atop wooden beams 12 meters off the ground, also resemble the majestic creature from which the structure gets its name.
InnoVentum estimates the Giraffe 2.0 produces about 13,850 kWh of electricity every year through both the solar panels and wind turbine, or enough to power two EVs over 45,000 kilometers each, annually. The use of wood in the construction of the framework was a focused decision by the designers, who value a minimal carbon footprint whenever possible. The going rate for one of these bad boys is about $60,800 USD with a “relatively quick and easy” assembly.
Via Clean Technica
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