City of Charlotte Debuts Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Tabitha Warren
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Charlotte, N.C. (Oct. 19, 2020) – The City of Charlotte has deployed four solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, which are the first of their kind in Mecklenburg County. These off-grid, movable charging stations support the city's growing fleet of EVs and encourage the public adoption of electric vehicles. In addition, they can supply emergency power and will educate the community about the city's sustainability efforts.

The units are available for public use at the locations listed below. They can also be found using electric vehicle charging station location mobile apps.

Charlotte Fire Department Headquarters

500 Dalton Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28206

Charlotte Department of Transportation Street Maintenance Northwest District

4411 Northpointe Industrial Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28216 (Instructions on how to access the charging station at this location)

"This is a significant contribution to the city's goal of using and promoting renewable energy, supporting electric vehicles, and providing new options during emergencies or times of need," said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. "I especially like the practicality and versatility, being that they are powered by sunlight and there is no construction, infrastructure changes or grid upgrades needed to support the upgrades."

The purchase of the four solar-powered EV ARC™ units, manufactured by Envision Solar International, was made possible through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Grant of $245,147 from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and a City of Charlotte match of $100,364.

The launch of these chargers helps advance the city's Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP) and are part of its electric vehicle infrastructure strategy. The SEAP was adopted unanimously by City Council in December 2018 and provides the roadmap for Charlotte to become a low-carbon city by 2050, aligning with the Paris Climate Agreement. As part of its goals, the city aims to achieve 100% zero-carbon municipal buildings and fleet by 2030. More information about the city's Strategic Energy Action Plan is available online.