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USA: Mall pilots fast electric vehicle charger powered by solar panels

Summary: The installation at Simon Property Group’s site in Carmel, Indiana, also includes an integrated battery for storing the electricity.

Giant property management company Simon Property Group has been experimenting with electric vehicle charging infrastructure for some time now, but its new installation in Carmel, Indiana, marks a departure into unknown territory for several reasons.

Not only does the fast-charging system rely on 10 kilowatts (10 kW) of solar generating capacity, it also comes with an integrated, 75-kW battery from Toshiba to store that power when it is cloudy or for when the system is used during evening hours. The first-of-its-kind installation includes both a traditional charger as well as a “quick charge” option, so that electric vehicle batteries can be replenished more quickly.

Currently, there isn’t a charge for electric vehicle drives to use the system while they are parked at the mall.

A number of companies were involved in pulling off the installation, including Toshiba, Duke Energy, ITOCHU Corp., Tom Wood Automotive Group and Indiana’s cleantech program, called Energy Systems Network.


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