The Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) headquarters in Cypress, California have a new solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles starting from today, the company announced. The charging station is powered by 96, 175W photovoltaic modules from Mitsubishi Electric.
Mitsubishi Electric’s solar panels are made with 100 percent lead-free solder, and have one of the higher sunlight-to-energy conversion ratios in the industry, adding to the project’s efficiency and sustainability.
This solar-powered vehicle charging station will help support CHAdeMO compatible electric vehicles such as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle, which will arrive in showrooms in November of this year. Mitsubishi i-MiEV vehicles are now being reserved by prospective owners through a pre-order process.
The solar-powered vehicle charging station is able to charge up to four vehicles at once, the station features three types of chargers with different voltages. Situated near the junction of the 405 and 605 freeways, the hope is that the Cypress charging station, with its Quick Charge capability, can serve as a gateway charging pad for Mitsubishi i users commuting between Los Angeles and Orange counties.
“This project will build awareness of solar power’s versatility and efficiency,” said Katsuya Takamiya, president and chief executive officer, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA. “As electric vehicles’ popularity grows, we expect to see more charging stations at large employers, automobile dealerships, shopping centers and schools, where cars can charge while people work, shop or study.”
“We hope that our dealers, learning institutions, and municipalities will look to this technology with a keen eye towards the future, and bear in mind that the gradual acceptance of the pure electric vehicle transportation will be aided by increasing the number of facilities like this one,” added MMNA President Yoichi Yokozawa.