Envision Gets Patent for Curbside Electric Vehicle Charging

a rendering of Envision Solar International's EV Standard streetlights

Envision Solar International Inc., producer of sustainable infrastructure products for electric vehicle charging, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office has issued a patent for EV Standard, the company’s renewably energized street lamp product providing electric vehicle charging at the curb.

According to the International Council on Clean Transportation, by 2025 Los Angeles will need 35,000 charging stations, about seven times the number it had in 2019. New York might need to add 35 percent more chargers every year; Boston, 27 percent; Portland, Oregon, 23 percent; and Washington, D.C., 20 percent.

Envision’s patented EV Standard product is designed to overcome the hurdles associated with the provision of on-street EV charging while also providing an energy efficient and sustainable lighting solution.

The EV Standard product provides efficient street lighting and curbside EV charging by combining solar, wind and utility-generated electricity in a bank of integrated batteries. While most traditional streetlamps do not have sufficient electrical capacity to provide meaningful EV charging, the combination of all three sources of power will do so in a sustainable and economical manner.

EV Standard products can be deployed without having to invest in expensive, disruptive and time-consuming civil or electrical upgrades because they leverage streetlamps’ preexisting foundations and connections to the electrical grid.

“This latest patented product will enable us to fill a significant gap in the current EV charging infrastructure market,” CEO Desmond Wheatley said. “As electric vehicles become more widespread the demand for on-street charging will become urgent. Having a product which at once solves a city’s lighting efficiency and EV charging requirements promises to be a powerful enabler for the inevitable electrification of transportation.”

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