Off-grid EV charger manufacturer Beam has now installed solar-powered off-grid EV chargers in more than 100 municipalities in the U.S. and around the world in Spain, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. It’s big news in an industry that has so far relied on EV chargers that are on-grid and permanently installed. New York City, Beam’s biggest customer, now has around 100 Beam chargers.
After years of critique that EV charging infrastructure is too big a project to reach all areas that would need it, Beam has created an off-grid solution that takes EV charging wherever it needs to go. Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley told CleanTechnica in May 2021 that his EV charger company had fulfilled an order from the state of California for 52 off-grid solar-powered EV chargers. Each has 44kWh of battery storage capacity and a 4.3 kW solar array.
The secret to Beam’s success is both in quality and in design. Beam off-grid EV chargers don’t need any construction or electrical work to install, so they don’t require permitting. Made in the United States, Beam’s EV chargers are not permanently installed in their location, making them easy to deploy to other locations. Off-grid chargers are also used after natural disasters for power in remote areas.
“We also see cities and states that value the transportability of the EV ARC™ system,” Wheatley said, “and that it can be swiftly redeployed depending on how a city needs to use the infrastructure. The City of Oakland, California, for example, redeployed some of their EV ARC™ systems to power COVID-19 emergency sites in April 2020.”
Beam EV chargers have been sold to the U.S. Marine Corps and multiple cities. One Beam EV charger can provide 265 miles of driving charge to electric cars in a day. They can charge up to six vehicles at a time, and the solar tracking function allows for 25% more generation than a fixed array. They are completely solar-powered, flood-proof up to 9.5 feet, and wind-rated to 120 mph. They can even be used as generators during grid failures.
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