A collaboration between Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA and Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA), has led to the creation of an electric vehicle charging station in Cypress, California. The station is able to charge up to four vehicles at once using 96, 175W PV modules from Mitsubishi Electric. The company anticipates that the debut of the charging station will help prepare Mitsubishi dealers and consumers for the November release of the CHAdeMO compatible electric vehicle, the Mitsubishi i.
Mitsubishi Motors North America President Yoichi Yokozawa said, “We hope that our dealers, learning institutions, and municipalities will look to this technology with a keen eye towards the future, and bear in mind that the gradual acceptance of the pure-EV transportation will be aided by increasing the number of facilities like this one.”
Located near the 405 and 605 freeway junction in California, the charging station offers patrons three types of chargers with different voltages. The standard level 1, 110v charge delivers a 100% charge in 22 hours on the Mitsubishi i, level 2 at 220v charges the vehicle in six hours and the level 3 CHAdeMO Quick Charger offers an 80% battery capacity charge in 25 minutes. Manufactured by Eaton, the DC Quick Charger is the first CHAdeMO charger to be certified for US sale and public utility.
“This project will build awareness of solar power's versatility and efficiency,” said Katsuya Takamiya, president and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA. “As electric vehicles' popularity grows, we expect to see more charging stations at large employers, automobile dealerships, shopping centers and schools, where cars can charge while people work, shop or study.”