Chicago Gets First Solar Powered EV Charging Station

San Francisco and Portland might be engaged in some electric vehicle pissing contest, but I think both cities just got seriously spanked by Chicago!

Yes, Chicago!

The Windy City just unveiled the first solar-powered electric vehicle charging station during the IOC tour. The Solar Plug-In Stations will be used daily by the City of Chicago Department of Fleet Management to power the city’s electric cars. “Carbon Day and the City of Chicago are demonstrating true innovation, ingenuity and initiative,” said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. “Solar energy and electric vehicles are an inevitable partnership that is one more step to reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”

Carbon Day Automotive’s Solar Plug-In Station(TM), built by Carbon Day Construction, was designed by the world renowned firm of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. “Without these stations it would be like driving around in traditional cars without the availability of gas stations,” said Scott Emalfarb, CEO at Carbon Day. “The day of true plug-in electric vehicles will be here sooner than most people realize and the world needs to be ready to accommodate them. Carbon Day will build them and they will come.”

Wanxiang America Corporation manufactured the solar panels that form a tree-like canopy built by Residential Steel. Pure Energy, LLC, Northbrook installed the sculpted piece and interfaced it with the concealed underground battery pack enhanced to store solar energy, specially designed and developed by ALL CELL Technologies. “Chicago is that most American of American cities,” Obama said. Well, I hope other American cities follow suit.

Carbon Day Automotive hopes the technology will catch on, as they hope to have thousands of these stations nationwide by 2011. I hope so too!

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By Jerry James Stone, Gas 2.0


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

KS Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Ruth R.
Ruth R7 years ago

Yes, way to go ! Go Solar and plug in vehicles. Thanks.

Monica D.
Monica D7 years ago

This sounds like good news. Even better to encourage people to bike, perhaps.

Roxana Jimenez
Roxana J7 years ago

Bravo, way to go Chicago!

gail d.
gail dair7 years ago

thanks for post

Cindy C.
Cindy C7 years ago

blimey well lets hope something positive will happen and we will be able to run cars on extra nothing.

Frank Mancuso
Frank Mancuso8 years ago

Great thoughts. Ultimatly we may become the final energy sorse. As we overpopulate and consume everything axcept ourselves. Ever see Soilent Green?

Andrew Wilson
Andrew W8 years ago

Yes I think that our flying will have to be increasingly curtailed, unless they can efficiently produce synthetic aviation turbine fuel that is roughly as energy dense as kerosine and that is produced using some renewable source of energy and non-fossil carbon. I don't see it happening overnight but I think that air travel will tend to reduce over time, and that the over-land parts of journeys will be replaced by large efficient trains and maybe coaches, and that just the trans-oceanic parts of voyages will be made in aircraft. I think that the energy of the future will come from a variety of sources, not a single source. My guess is that in hot places like mine a lot of buildings will double as solar collectors, and we will generate more of our electricity from the sun and less from coal, but you guys with snow drifts to plough through will be among the last to abandon fossil fuels. I absolutley agree that we should use our oil coal and gas as efficiently as possible in the meantime. I think that there is a clear trend to using smaller, more efficient cars but again I think that they won't all use the same power source. During WW II's petrol rationing they converted a lot of cars to run on "gas converters", coking ovens that sat on the boot of the car and used a fire to drive combustible gas out of waste material. People crossed Australia just burning dead wood from the roadside.

Frank Mancuso
Frank Mancuso8 years ago

Sooner or later both oil and coal will run out and yes we will need to make electricity without fire. My point is to use what energy we have wisely as we prepare for that day. Personal transportation and air travel will go because there is no portable fuel to replace oil. If we begin now to adjust using our last energy resource electricity we may survive at some new level. We might have warm homes, electric trains, trolleys. We lived 100 years ago without oil and will need to learn to do it again. At least we might still have laptops. Electric cars will simply exasperate the situation.