Wednesday, December 28, 2011

GM's Solar Powered Charging Stations

GM Ventures L.L.C., the venture capital arm of General Motors Corporation is investing $7.5 million in Sunlogics P.L.C. a maker of electric vehicle charging stations. As part of the Chevrolet Green Zone program, Sunlogics will construct solar charging stations for GM. These “solar canopies” charge electric cars with low weight photovoltaic panels. The solar charging stations are rated at 20 kilowatts and can take up to 24 electric vehicle spaces.

Sunlogics will also install solar canopies at GM’s Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric car dealerships as well as large-scale solar arrays to be installed on GM’s facilities. Sunlogics plans to open factories in Detroit and Ontario.

GM has three solar roofs installed on its facilities, two of which were built by Sunlogics. The car maker’s 12-MW solar roof at its car assembly plant in Zaragoza, Spain is currently the world’s largest.

The GM deal is not Sunlogics’ first solar E.V. charging station deal. It has partnered with battery company Energizer to develop E.V. chargers and other solar equipment to be sold under the Energizer Brand.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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