As gas prices rise, more people are starting to purchase electric vehicles. The demand for EV charging stations has increased and some companies are taking advantage of that need. The number of EV charging stations in the U.S. are going up and some stores are opening them in their parking lots.
California has the most EV charging stations of any U.S. state with 1,276 of them. With 200 EV charging stations added in April alone across the states, there are now a total of 5,865 public stations. You might say, “Where are all these charging stations?” Well, municipalities and power companies are adding some here and there. You will most likely see these as carports with the ability to charge electric vehicles. Many times they are solar powered carports that generate their own power for charging vehicles and energy for the town.
However, most of the charging stations come from private companies who are installing them at their businesses. Major corporations see the need for EV charging stations as an opportunity to lure more consumers to their stores. Walgreens, for instance, is the most prolific public charging station installer in the country with 364 units. They are far ahead of the second place company, Kohl’s, who have 57 charging stations. More and more companies are getting into the EV charging station game, with Kroger announcing that they will install around 225 stations along the west coast.
It makes sense that companies would do this because by providing low-cost or free electricity for shoppers with EVs is a very tempting incentive. The popularity of EVs has increased tremendously over the past 5 years, so if you have not seen any charging stations in your town yet, you should soon!
With gas prices rising, the popularity of electric vehicles is also increasing. Many people are turning to hybrids and EVs to help alleviate some of the financial burden caused by high gas prices. Many car companies are developing hybrids and EVs to help create a supply for the demand. As more and more people buy EVs, more innovative accessories for them are also coming out.
Many towns and businesses are installing solar carports to provide a fueling station for electric vehicles. They use the sun to create electricity that can be used to charge EVs and also provide overhead protection from the elements. One industrial engineer has created a solar powered car cover that can charge electric vehicles.
Named the V-Tent, this innovative tarp will not only protect your vehicles from being damaged by the elements, it will charge your car. Hakan Gursu is the mind behind the V-Tent, and it is designed to charge any electrical vehicle that is parked underneath it. Hakan hopes to extend the life of EVs and to build up the electric charging infrastructure, as well as re-imagine urban parking meters.
The way the V-Tent works is, after you park your electric vehicle and pay, the solar powered cover will unwrap itself over your vehicle. You will be able to use a credit card for payment, and drivers will be able to check the status of the charge through a smartphone app.
Digital depictions of the V-Tent have already been created. They do not take up a lot of space, seem easy to use, and provide both energy and protection for your vehicle. They solar-powered cover provides energy for both your vehicle and for nearby street lights that will make the charging stations more visible at night. With the popularity of EVs and solar power on the rise, V-Tents may just be a reality in the near future.
You can see a video of the V-Tent by clicking on this link: YouTube.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology has been around for much of the 20th century, but it has not been financially available in the residential sector until recently. The growth of the PV industry has helped decrease the cost and increase the incentives for using PV technology. Now that solar panels have become more easily accessible and more efficient, more people are installing panels on rooftops as a way to offset utility bills. Along with placing them on the tops of homes and buildings, carports are being upgraded with PV technology, too.
One of the best things about solar panels are that they can be used almost anywhere. They can be used in combination with a utility grid to offset a building’s electrical needs and supplement the grid by back feeding power. PV technology provides a “clean” energy source and has no moving parts. With PV technologies becoming more affordable, they are becoming more popular at commercial and residential buildings.
Tall buildings have smaller rooftops and don’t provide enough space for the amount of solar panels needed to help offset energy prices. If your roof at home needs to be replaced after you install solar panels, it can be a much more costly job. With this is mind, solar power carports have become more popular over the past few years. Solar powered carports can be beneficial for both commercial and residential use.
Commercial buildings can install solar carports in their parking lots if they do not have the roof space to install solar panels. A large solar carport can generate enough energy to cover a large percentage of a commercial building’s energy needs. At your home, you can have a smaller carport installed that you can park your vehicle under.
A solar powered carport will provide shade for vehicles, lower operating costs and maintenance expenses associated with inclement weather conditions. One of the most beneficial factors of PV technology is the option to connect electric vehicles to them. With gas prices rising and the government decreasing the price of EVs, more people are buying hybrids.
It is possible to install EV chargers in with a solar powered carport. This can be a great way to diversify your business and take advantage of having a PV carport on your property or to have a clean energy source for charging your hybrid car at home.
With utility prices rising, you will see an increase in harnessing solar power. This, in combination with the popularity of EVs, will make it beneficial to purchase a solar powered carport.