Charge Across Town, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electric transportation in the Bay Area, collaborates with the San Francisco Department of the Environment and Envision Solar to launch the “Driving on Sunshine” campaign. The program will sponsor free solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging in highly visible locations across San Francisco neighborhoods throughout 2015.
San Francisco is U.S.’s leader in both EV adoption and renewable energy use. The Driving on Sunshine will further encourage local residents to take actions in living a greener life. Driving on Sunshine is funded by the 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation.
“This innovative program allows the City of San Francisco to demonstrate that electric vehicles can charge from 100-percent renewable sources, with no impact to the electric grid and with absolutely zero emissions,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.
Three Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Chargers (EV ARCs™) from Envision Solar will be placed throughout the city at predetermined sites, each for a three-month time period. The mobile solar units will collect data on frequency and duration of use; the Driving on Sunshine team will evaluate usage reports at the end of the campaign, inform the City on its findings, and will donate units to the host sites determined to have the most impact.
Free EV charging is now available until June 30 at the following locations: Stonestown Galleria Mall; the Embarcadero at Green Street; 17th Street and Shotwell Street.
(Photo Credit: Driving on Sunshine)