EV charger takes advantage of solar energy to reduce grid voltage

An EOS Linx kiosk uses the sun to power electric vehicles and educate missing children.

The units use energy from the electrical grid to charge vehicles. A solar panel provides the juice for a digital advertising component, also increasing the load on electric vehicles, says Jeff Hutchins, chief information officer for EOS Linx in New Jersey.

Beyond revenue-generating ads, the company has a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A place in each advertising loop is dedicated to the association’s messages.

So far, around 10 EOS charging stations are buried in convenience stores in the Atlanta, Georgia, region, says the company. Each station has two to four chargers. In total, more than 50 charging stations are expected to be installed by the end of 2021, with additional units in 2022 bringing the total to 150 charging stations, according to the IOC.

“Our EOS charging stations are modular – every key component can be upgraded / replaced as needed to meet changing market demands,” according to Hutchins.

“Whole new product classes and new user demographics are just beginning. Technology is evolving faster than it can be authorized and deployed.

Next, 41 charging stations are planned for the Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas area and 15 additional locations in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“We are currently in the process of signing contracts to acquire sites in other areas of Tennessee and are working in central Florida for the first and second quarter 2022 kicks off,” Hutchins said.

“We have five other markets in commercial research and development. This will be carried out with our national partners in the areas of gas station convenience, hotel reception and outpatient medical facilities. “

Additional partnerships are said to be in the works, but EOS Linx is not providing details at this time. Hutchins says the company is also collecting data on how much excess energy is generated by the solar component and used to increase power to the electricity grid. The kiosk’s advertising platform uses 75-inch screens.

“We will analyze this data and use it to develop the next phase solution to be even more energy efficient and take advantage of energy storage on a larger scale,” said the IOC.

There are other solar car chargers on the market or in the pipeline. There is certainly a need for more options.

A new study by Juniper Research says The global volume of electric vehicle charging sessions will exceed 1.5 billion in 2026, down from just 200 million this year, thanks to government incentives and greater availability of charging services.

Hutchins says the EOS kiosk is specially designed for today and tomorrow.

Since charging stations are modular, “if a more efficient charger, better charger, different connection, new internet connectivity, security features or any other need becomes available, our trained technicians can swap out components in just a few minutes. minutes without interrupting any other service. “

There are plans for an application.

“The app is designed to improve the experience of electric vehicle users and foster a community (with economic benefits) for electric vehicle drivers,” according to Hutchins. “In addition to locating charging stations, the app will be able to share important aspects of EOS charging station locations (including safety and lighting) and encourage users to share their feedback. We want people to feel informed, safe and comfortable when using our charging network. “

The company says it chooses charging station sites based on a series of ratings and is placing the units in a variety of locations to help drive the growth of electric vehicles at all levels. of income.

EOS Linx has been an evolving company for the past four years and merged into its current form in 2020, says Hutchins. Funding came primarily from the original founding investors as well as debt financing. Hutchins says the EOS Linx team and ownership group have extensive experience with federal and state tax incentive programs and have sought to use the programs to support the growth of the business.

“We continue to assess additional sources of funding that will allow us to accelerate the growth of our business, including assessing how we can benefit from the recently enacted Federal Law on Infrastructure Investment and Jobs.”

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