An unnamed utility in the State of Hawaii has deployed two Ev Arc solar-powered charging systems to charge utility fleet electric vehicles and an Arc Mobility trailer to move them around, according to a Beam Global press release. Each charging system includes an emergency power panel that can provide power to utility equipment and first responders in the event of extreme weather events, emergencies, and grid outages.
The solar-powered charging systems generate and store their own electricity and can charge fleet vehicles during inclement weather, emergencies, and at night. The systems are wind-rated to 120 mph and flood-proof to 9.5 feet—well suited for island environments subject to seasonal hurricanes and tropical storms. Each unit is equipped with three Enel X JuiceBox Pro chargers to charge up to three fleet EVs simultaneously. The units are off-grid and can be easily transported to different locations by the ARC Mobility trailer as charging patterns change, offices relocate, or for emergencies.
“Islands are also increasingly vulnerable to rising sea levels and severe weather events, which put centralized grid infrastructure and the liquid fuels supporting generation at risk. Utilities are increasingly adopting Beam’s off-grid solutions to lower costs and increase resiliency," said Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley.
The State of Hawaii Office of Planning’s Statewide Sustainability Program is updating the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan to serve as the state’s sustainability and climate strategic action plan, to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and to recommend sustainability and climate change actions through 2030.