Cor¬≠po¬≠rate office and work¬≠place charg¬≠ing sta¬≠tions are see¬≠ing some real growth in the US mar¬≠ket, as employ¬≠ees and fleet man¬≠agers pur¬≠chase more elec¬≠tric vehi¬≠cles that need charg¬≠ing ports on cam¬≠pus. CALSTART, a lead¬≠ing North Amer¬≠i¬≠can con¬≠sor¬≠tium to pro¬≠mote clean trans¬≠porta¬≠tion tech¬≠nolo¬≠gies, yes¬≠ter¬≠day unveiled an 84.5-kilowatt solar array at its head¬≠quar¬≠ters in Pasade¬≠na, Calif. The instal¬≠la¬≠tion com¬≠bines high-per¬≠for¬≠mance solar pan¬≠els from Solar¬≠World, the largest US solar man¬≠u¬≠fac¬≠tur¬≠er for more than 35 years, with five elec¬≠tric vehi¬≠cle charg¬≠ing sta¬≠tions. The project demon¬≠strates the mar¬≠riage of solar pow¬≠er and elec¬≠tric-vehi¬≠cle charg¬≠ing for CALSTART‚Äôs mem¬≠ber orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tions ‚Äď hun¬≠dreds of man¬≠u¬≠fac¬≠tur¬≠ers, sup¬≠pli¬≠ers, vehi¬≠cle-fleet own¬≠ers, gov¬≠ern¬≠ment agen¬≠cies, and pol¬≠i¬≠cy-mak¬≠ers work¬≠ing to com¬≠mer¬≠cial¬≠ize clean trans¬≠porta¬≠tion tech¬≠nol¬≠o¬≠gy across North Amer¬≠i¬≠ca. At a rib¬≠bon-cut¬≠ting cer¬≠e¬≠mo¬≠ny yes¬≠ter¬≠day, CALSTART Pres¬≠i¬≠dent and CEO John Boe¬≠sel wel¬≠comed dig¬≠ni¬≠taries and CALSTART con¬≠sor¬≠tium mem¬≠bers. The event show¬≠cased the solar array and charg¬≠ing sta¬≠tions as well as exam¬≠ples of cut¬≠ting-edge elec¬≠tric and hybrid vehi¬≠cles.
CALSTART is a mem¬≠ber of the Plug-in Elec¬≠tric Vehi¬≠cle Col¬≠lab¬≠o¬≠ra¬≠tive, a group of auto man¬≠u¬≠fac¬≠tur¬≠ers, sup¬≠pli¬≠ers, and gov¬≠ern¬≠ment agen¬≠cies work¬≠ing to facil¬≠i¬≠tate deploy¬≠ment of elec¬≠tric vehi¬≠cle charg¬≠ing sta¬≠tions in Cal¬≠i¬≠for¬≠nia. This orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tion has ini¬≠ti¬≠at¬≠ed a pro¬≠gram to pro¬≠mote work¬≠place elec¬≠tric-vehi¬≠cle charg¬≠ing, devel¬≠op¬≠ing a rapid infor¬≠ma¬≠tion-shar¬≠ing net¬≠work for employ¬≠ers nation¬≠wide to learn from each oth¬≠er how best to inte¬≠grate charg¬≠ers.