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Envision Solar Receives Order From Silicon Valley Search Engine For 20 EV ARC™ Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

October 2, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News

The EV ARC™ Units Ordered Will Provide Emission Free Workplace Charging Infrastructure That Enables Employees to Drive on Sunshine

Photo courtesy of Envision Solar

Photo courtesy of Envision Solar

SAN DIEGO, CA – Envision Solar International, Inc., (EVSI) (OTCQB: EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy Media and Branding product company, today announced that it will be supplying the next order of 20 EV ARC™ charging stations to a major Silicon Valley search engine.

The EV ARC™ is a cost-effective, easy-to-install, standalone solar powered electric vehicle charging station that solves many of the problems faced by employers looking to provide workplace charging. It does not require a foundation, trenching, building permits or grid connection and the batteries on board provide emission free charging all during the day or night.

“The EV ARC™ has received a brilliant reception throughout Silicon Valley, where Envision Solar’s products are providing the clean energy charging infrastructure employees require, as well as the opportunity to drive on sunshine,” said Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO of Envision Solar. “We are pleased to continue our relationship with this world-renowned customer. Their facilities team rigorously tested the first two EV ARC™ units purchased. After months of testing, they found the EV ARC™ to exceed expectations and as a result, placed this latest and more significant order. I look forward to continuing our work with them to provide the workplace charging infrastructure needed at their many other campus locations.”

Wheatley said these EV ARC™ units will be manufactured in Q4 at Envision Solar’s new headquarters and manufacturing facility in San Diego, California, providing for new green jobs and making a significant economic contribution to the local community.

The past year has seen a major uptick in deployments of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). This acceleration is a direct result of developments in the market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Frost and Sullivan forecasts that EV charging infrastructure deployments will grow at a 128% CAGR over the next five years. Solar powered charging offers the cleanest and easiest method for the deployment of such infrastructure particularly in cities and remote locations.

About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar,, designs, manufactures and deploys unique, proprietary and architecturally accretive renewable energy media and branding systems with a Drag & Drop Infrastructure™ product line. The company’s flagship products include the patent pending EV ARC™, patented Solar Tree® array and Solar Tree® Socket™ solar media and branding platforms with EnvisionTrak™, a proprietary and patented solar tracker, and SunCharge™ Column Integrated Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

Based in San Diego the company integrates only the highest quality components into its Made in America products ensuring long and trouble-free service and timeless beautification of the parking lots they serve. This unique approach to the industry allows the company’s commercial and institutional customers to take full advantage of the value creation associated with transforming parking lots into beautiful, shaded, renewable energy generation plants shrouded in the “Green Halo.” Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information on Envision Solar, visit or call (866) 746-0514.

About the EV ARC™

Invented, engineered and fabricated in the United States, the EV ARC™ fits inside a standard parking space and generates approximately 16 kWhrs per day that are stored and ready for use in the 22 kWhr on board battery storage. The system’s clean solar electrical generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak™, which enables the solar array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25 percent more electricity than a conventional fixed array. The EV ARC™ makes electric vehicles truly emissions free. It changes the deployment story and further advances us to a day when range anxiety is a thing of the past.”

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Envision Solar.

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eHi Car Services Enters into Strategic Partnership with SAIC Motor

September 1, 2014 in China, Electric Vehicles, EV News

Roewe E50 Image courtesy of SAIC

Roewe E50
Image courtesy of SAIC

SHANGHAI — eHi Car Services has entered into a strategic partnership with SAIC Motor, the largest automotive manufacturer in China and a Global Fortune 500 company. This relationship starts with a first order of thousands of vehicles including Roewe E50 electric vehicles and Roewe 550 plug-in electric hybrid vehicles.

Recently, the Chinese government has released several stimulating policies such as a waiver of sales tax and free license plates to further develop the electric vehicle industry in China. The industry is growing rapidly, and the alliance of eHi and SAIC is a milestone, signaling the bright future of China’s electric vehicle industry.

Xiaoqiu Wang, Vice President of SAIC, said during the signing ceremony, “As the first Chinese automaker who strategically planned the development of alternative energy vehicles, SAIC has been focusing on R&D, manufacturing and production. Currently, SAIC offers Roewe E50 EV, Roewe 550 PLUG-IN HYBRID, Roewe 750 FUEL-CELL, and other alternative energy vehicles. Other than having government support, it is more important to create an active market demand for electric vehicles in China. We believe the alliance of eHi and SAIC can help promote electric vehicle adoption as well as the electric vehicle industry in China.”

Ray Zhang, eHi’s founder and CEO, mentioned that eHi has been maintaining a great relationship with SAIC. “Both parties have been working together on the rental service of electric vehicles since 2013. The successful collaboration is on a strong foundation for this strategic partnership,” said Ray Zhang. “We are very impressed by SAIC’s leading technologies, excellent product quality and post-sale services. Our strategic partnership will cover all SAIC product lines from existing vehicle models to future models particularly in alternative energy vehicles. eHi will actively participate in SAIC’s product development and market promotion. In turn, SAIC can leverage eHi’s nationwide coverage to offer consumers SAIC’s latest products. We are looking forward to adding SAIC’s best-in-class products in our wide variety of offerings to our valued customers through our online and offline channels.”

As a leading car rental services provider in China, eHi Car Services has the largest directly-owned service network covering over 90 Chinese cities and over 700 service locations. eHi has been providing EV rentals and free charging service to its customers, and these services will be available in more cities in China.

eHi’s Roewe E50 EV rental has been well accepted by many customers. This new round of EV acquisition is based on eHi’s more than a year of operating experience, data analysis and market experiments.

SAIC released its Roewe 550 PLUG-IN model in March this year, which has received very positive feedback. The car has a driving range of more than 500 kilometers while reducing fuel consumption by 70%. eHi is looking forward to the success of Roewe 550 PLUG-IN in the rental car market because of the car’s greater fuel efficiency and better comfort level.

Some experts stressed that this strategic partnership between eHi and SAIC is a great start to allow consumers to experience and learn more about alternative energy vehicles given the growing environmental concern in China. It also helps in the building of EV charging infrastructure and developing related technologies.

About eHi

eHi is the leading car rental and car service provider in the fast growing market in China. Founded in January 2006 with the goal of providing comprehensive mobility services to both consumer and corporate clients, eHi is the first car rental company utilizes the latest information technology to achieve a complete service delivery and vehicle management system in China. With its headquarter based in Shanghai, eHi offers car rental and car service nation-wide with more than 700 eHi outlets located in more than 90 cities. eHi’s fleet consists of more than 100 different vehicle types. During the past eight years since its establishment, eHi has experienced a steady and rapid growth while achieving industry leading vehicle utilization rate and brand-name recognition. Today, eHi has become the designated car service provider for most of the Fortune 500 companies that have operations in China.

About SAIC Motors

SAIC Motor is the largest auto group on the Chinese A-share stock market (Stock Code: 600104). By the end of 2013, SAIC’s total equity topped 11 billion units. SAIC Motor provides research, production, sales and logistics services of vehicles (passenger cars and commercial vehicles) and components (engines, gearboxes, powertrains, chassis, interior and exterior and electronic components). It also offers vehicle telematics, second-hand vehicle transactions and auto finance services. SAIC’s affiliated vehicle companies include Morris Garages, SAIC Motor Commercial Vehicle Co, Shanghai Volkswagen Co, Shanghai General Motors Co, Shanghai General Motors Wuling (SGMW), NAVECO Ltd, SAIC-IVECO Hongyan and Shanghai Sunwin Bus Corporation (SUNWIN). SAIC Motor has maintained its dominant position in the domestic auto industry. In 2013, it sold 5.11 million vehicles, an increase of 13.7 percent over the past 12 months. In addition, it took in $92.02 billion in revenue that year and climbed up the Fortune 500 list for the tenth year running, making its way to 85th place from last year’s 103rd.

This article is a repost, credit: eHi.

EV Connect Secures $1.5 Million Contract for Charge NY

June 4, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News

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Photo courtesy of EV Connect

New York Power Authority approves major commercial project to expand EV charging infrastructure at 37 key locations throughout New York State

Los Angeles, June 4, 2014 – EV Connect, the full-service one-stop shop for commercial and governmental electric vehicle (EV) charging station solutions, announced they have been awarded a four-year, $1,568,108 value contract from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for the deployment and management of more than 100 EV charging stations in 37 locations throughout New York State.  These EV charging stations will operate on EV Connect’s open charging network and provide NYPA and its customers with real-time charge station monitoring, electricity usage, payment processing, reporting, demand response capabilities, and more.  EV Connect’s management services will also eliminate NYPA’s need for hands-on charging station operations and driver support functions.

The new EV charging stations are part of the Charge New York Initiative, introduced in 2013.  New York aims to establish a statewide network of up to 3,000 EV charging stations within the next several years.

“We are proud of the fact that NYPA selected EV Connect after a competitive RFP submission and thorough review process,” said Jordan Ramer, EV Connect’s CEO.  “Since our EV charging station network utilizes open charge station management software instead of a proprietary and locked network, NYPA’s charging stations won’t run the risk of becoming unsupported over time.  NYPA has ensured that New York taxpayers are getting the best investment possible for their EV charging station infrastructure.”

The charging station locations include public parking areas, like transportation hubs, and private commercial locations for employers to provide workplace EV charging to their employees.  The EV charging stations will be rolled out in three phases, and stations in Phase 1 are already being installed.

About EV Connect

EV ConnectTM provides complete commercial and governmental electric vehicle (EV) charging station solutions, including procurement, installation, maintenance, management services, 24/7 driver support, and the industry’s most flexible cloud-based platform for charge station management software, enterprise integrations, and EV charging applications.

Established in 2009, EV Connect’s customers include Marriott, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and numerous public and private sector companies and organizations.  For more information please visit

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VIDEO REPORT: A Day in the Life of an EV Fast Charger

September 27, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News, LEAF, Nissan

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Photo courtesy of Nissan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan is selling more LEAFs than ever before and is the lead sponsor of National Plug-In Day in 2013.

With the day being about plugging in to charge up, Nissan pointed some video cameras at the company’s EV quick charger – stationed in front of Nissan Americas headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. – to see who is stopping in to charge and go.

Nearly three years after Nissan Motor Company launched the world’s first mass-marketed 100-percent electric car, it is clear the Nissan LEAF, the landscape of EV drivers, and EV charging infrastructure have evolved.

“At first it was just technology lovers who were early adopters. But EV customers have moved from early adopters to a more diverse and representative group of customers. They span all age groups and most income brackets. The EV customer base is increasingly more representative of the overall US population,” said Nissan Director of electric vehicles marketing and sales strategy Brendan Jones. “Also now infrastructure makes adoption so much easier. We are working with companies, schools, businesses and governments to install more chargers across the country.”

On Sept. 24 at the Nissan Americas quick-charge station in Franklin, Tenn., EV drivers were eager to talk on camera because they are passionate about their LEAFs and have strong opinions about plugging in.

“Usually I go somewhere and grab lunch. I eat in the car, and then I check my emails for work, try to catch up, make a couple phone calls and by the end, it’s finished,” said LEAF owner Jaime Hutton. “Also it’s good for the environment so you feel good about that too.”

The charger outside Nissan Americas regional headquarters regularly has a consistent stream of customers coming to plug in at all times of the day and night.

“More than 35 Nissan dealers throughout the U.S. have installed quick chargers within the last six months. We are working on an additional 100 installations. But the largest growth has come from our partners. Chargers were recently installed in New Jersey, South Carolina, Florida, New York City, Georgia, Washington D.C. and many other States and cities,” said Jones.

“I put around 60 miles every day, so it’s working out good for me, and this is quite near to my house, so I just drop by, go to the office and come back,” said LEAF owner Ashith Raj.

Every Nissan LEAF driver has a different story, a different need for driving, and different motivation for getting away from gas.

“I drive my kids to a lot of places from here and there, so I am doing a lot of quick trips all day long,” said new LEAF owner Cheryl Hanrehan. “I’ll save a lot of money from no gas payments.”

The LEAF owners interviewed at the Nissan Americas quick charger all said they are pleased with the way the LEAF drives, the cost savings, and the technology that comes with the car.

“I just wanted the car. It felt good. I just sort of dove in blindly, and it’s worked out really well. I love it,” said LEAF owner, and mom of three children, Erin Scot.

Nissan plans to keep working to install more workplace chargers across the country and to encourage more cities to support infrastructure. Company leaders say as sales continue to increase, so will infrastructure.

“Companies across the globe continue to deliver new innovative products that make owning, operating and using private and public infrastructure so much easier. We are now working with companies to installed lower KWh-chargers. This reduces the cost of installation and can be installed in more locations across the country. Our partners are also working on ways to make charging universally accessible for all customers regardless of where they live and the network they are using,” said Jones.

This article is a repost, credit: Nissan.

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Follow the Sun Country Highway all-electric New Brunswick tour, the second province in Canada to offer high powered level 2 EV

June 4, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News

Sun Country Highway's Tesla S Model on tour across New Brunswhick to build EV infrastructure. (CNW Group/Sun Country Highway) Photo courtesy of Sun Country Highway

Sun Country Highway’s Tesla S Model on tour across New Brunswhick to build EV infrastructure. (CNW Group/Sun Country Highway)
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MONCTON, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ – Sun Country Highway continues to invest in the  expansion of New Brunswick’s EV charging infrastructure, focusing on social, economic and environmental sustainability. In collaboration with leading municipalities, small business and tourism destinations, follow the first ever, all-electric tour of the province.

With this milestone project, the province will have its highways electrified with a FREE, publicly accessible and high power Level 2 infrastructure. Reliable and offering a range of 40 to 90 amps, this new network have ability to charge any electric vehicle in the market today. Starting this historical tour at the St. Stephen Tourism Information Center on Monday, SCH Regional Director Stephane Daoust toured to host sites, stopping to charge two impressive electric vehicles along the way between St. Stephen and Moncton.

“We have a beautiful town here, and we’re building a new Civic Center and a Best Western Hotel. Hopefully in the future, we will be able to attract a new clientele through the electric charger program – we are looking forward to having more of these installed” – John Quartermain, Mayor St. Stephen. Like the Delta Beausejour Hotel in Moncton, the St. Stephen’s CS-90 model delivers 90 amps of power that can recharge the new Tesla Model S at a fraction of the time compared to the smaller 30 amp chargers typically installed.

Using Sun Country Highway’s 60 amp chargers, the Amsterdam Inn and Suites hotels located in Sussex and Quispamsis are also partnering with SCH, offering a free public charger in their respective regions.

30 more FREE EV Stations, 40 in Total!    

Sun Country Highway is proud to announce a further investment into New Brunswick – the provision of 30 more EV charging stations to the region.

We invite people from municipalities, businesses or tourism attractions in New  Brunswick to submit an application to receive an EV charger at no cost.

This article is a repost, credit: Sun Country Highway,