Whenever I am out running errands in my Nissan Leaf, I like to look for electric vehicle charging parking spots, as it allows me to top off my car while shopping. This morning, I came upon an interesting setup at the Westfield Mission Valley Mall. It was an electric vehicle charging station that had solar panels as the source for energy. I’ve seen the large solar arrays that then feed into EV charging, but never one that was a stand-alone single parking spot. The charger is called the EV Arc, and it is made by Envision Solar.
This setup already had me hooked, but it gets even better. The charging is free in exchange for a donation to The Honor Foundation, which provides executive education, professional development, career coaching, and transition management to US Special Operations Forces. You charge under the honor system, so when I got home, I jumped online and made my donation in exchange for the solar powered infusion in my car.
This was made possible through Envision Solar and Westfield Malls, and I believe this is an excellent benefit across the board:
- Help the environment by driving electric cars and charging using solar
- Help Veterans
I’d love to see more innovative promotional programs like this, but in the interim, well done Envision Solar and Westfield Malls.
You can read more about this on the Envision Solar website.