Georgia Department of Transportation, The Ray, Donovan Energy, and the ABB Group upgrade the solar-powered electric vehicle or EV charging station located at the visitor information center off Interstate 85 in West Point, Georgia, to a more powerful 175 kilowatt (kW) unit.
[Above photo by the Georgia DOT.]
The new station – which became operational June 3 – is three times more powerful than the original 50 kW station originally installed in 2015 by The Ray in partnership with Kia Motors Manufacturing.
That station was the Southeast’s first solar-powered EV charging station and – prior to its installation – travel between the state capitols of Georgia and Alabama was not possible for the majority of EVs.
[Editor’s note: The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Center for Environmental Excellence recently interviewed Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray, as part of its Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP Podcast series. Click here to listen to that interview.]
Donovan Energy, a Cincinnati-based clean energy project development and finance firm, served as the technology partner to The Ray – which manages an 18-mile-long portion of I-85 as a “living transportation laboratory” – and recommended the 12 solar panel-equipped ABB 175 kW Terra modular, high-powered charging system to minimize EV re-charging times.
The Ray added in a statement that it provides EV charging for free via the ABB Terra unit at this I-85 visitor center; a unit that remains “grid-connected” to ensure it can provide re-charging power day or night year-round, regardless of weather conditions.