Think Smart, Drive Smart and Charge Smart with Solutronic
Many experts think that the next ten years will be the decade of the electric vehicle (EV), with hundreds of thousands of battery-powered cars appearing on the roads by the mid 2020s. The major problem getting Cypriot drivers to adopt electric car technology is not that they have a limited range - new technologies have greatly increased the distance that an electric vehicle can travel on a single charge - but rather the awkwardness of recharging the battery array. Promoters like to reassure prospective buyers that they can simply install a small charging station in their garage and power up the batteries overnight by drawing electricity from the local grid. But a lot of people in Cyprus, especially those that live in towns, don't have garages. They live in apartments or small suburban homes and park their cars on the street or in parking lots.
This leaves, by some estimates, about 80 percent of car buyers with no place to plug their electric car into the grid [source: Garthwaite]. So, where are these people going to charge their EVs? And while most driving takes place within 40 kilometers of home, sometimes people like to take longer trips. Where will they recharge their EVs when they're out on the road?
The best solution to this problem is the charging network. These are small charging stations no larger than a petrol pump that are networked together. The stations can talk to one another and your car can talk to them too, via the Internet. This allows you to locate stations along your intended route and reserve them for your use.
YOU can be part of setting the network in place, with stations available in private neighbourhoods, shopping malls, office complexes, industrial estates and along highways.
Everywhere we need them!
Think Smart, Drive Smart and Charge Smart with Solutronic
Imagine that it's just three years in the future. 2020.
You're in the driver's seat of your brand new electric car. It looks like every other car on the road, though perhaps it's a little more stylish looking, and it's non-polluting. You're driving and a meter on the dashboard tells you that the battery is running low. You'll need to power up before the car is ready to drive later or tomorrow. What do you do? There's no charging station at home because you don't own a garage. So, while stopped at a traffic light you pull out your Internet-enabled touch-screen cell phone (or use an interface built into your GPS) and surf to a familiar Web site. On the screen you see a map of the area around your home with red and green dots showing where the local recharging stations are. The red dots on the map represent charging stations that are already occupied. The green ones are free for you to use. You tap on the green dot that's closest to where you live and a box pops up asking whether you want to reserve that station for the evening. You press the button that says "Yes." The traffic light turns green and you drive off in search of the charging station, nearest to your home or place of work, using the on-screen map to find your way. Minutes later, you park. You pull your keys out of your pocket and wave the fob at a small box - the Solutronic Charge Smart charging station -next to the road. You then remove the electric cable out of a recessed panel in the rear of your car, pop open a door on the charging station, and plug your car into the AC socket inside. Then you make the short walk home or to work.
When you get back to your car, the battery is fully charged and ready to take you wherever you need to go.
Need a quicker solution? Just plug into the DC socket and apply the fast ChargeSmart charge, drawing power directly from the photovoltaic panelled canopy above.
A fantasy from a science fiction movie?
That future is now with Solutronic Charge Smart Charger stations.
Let us help you choose the most suitable AND profitable solution for your requirements. Whether it be one electric vehicle charge point for your office or a large charging infrastructure for a city, we can ensure you will receive the best quality and most reliable equipment at competitive prices.
We believe in giving you, the customer, the choice, supplying you with a number of charging quotations for various manufacturers, recommending specific products that fit your requirements.
Wall mounted and post mounted charge stations
Single socket and dual socket
Slow, fast and quick chargers
Universal socket or tethered lead options
3.6kW (230v, 16A), 7kW (230v, 32A), 11kW (400v, 16A), 22kW (400v, 64A) 50kW (400v, 80A)
Load balancing options
User friendly management systems
RFID Access passes
Full colour displays
An alternative way to travel . . . . . . . .
How it works...
Level 1 charging
120v = very slow, but useful in specific situations.
Level 2 charging
240v = 2-4x faster than 120v charging
(depending on electrical current capacity).
Full-electric cars will most likely require Level 2 charging to get a full battery overnight. Hybrids may get a full charge off of Level 1 charging overnight, but it’s best not to count on it.
This method is much faster than AC charging, and can be made available IF a photovoltaic canopy generates DC for use.
These charging stations can charge up to 150 miles of range in one hour. Please Note: not all EVs can accept a charge from a DC source.
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