First solar-powered electric car charging station now
in New York
Beautiful Earth Group (BE), a New York-based sustainable
energy company announced it has built New York’s first
solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station.
The solar-powered charging station is the first in New
York City and one of only a few in the world.
The charging station sits on an industrial lot near the
company’s headquarters in Red Hook, Brooklyn, overlooking
New York Harbor and downtown Manhattan. Designed and
built by BE, the station is off-grid, modular, constructed
with recycled, decommissioned steel shipping containers
and entirely powered by state-of-the-art Sharp 235 watt
photovoltaic panels. The project is part of BE’s effort
to showcase urban sustainable energy solutions in New
The charging station is currently used to charge BE’s
100 percent electric MINI E, making it one of the few
cars in the world to run exclusively on solar power.
BMW Group’s MINI E has a range of just over 100 miles
and takes around three hours to charge.
“It never ceases to amaze me, when I get behind the wheel
of this 95 mph sports car, that it doesn’t use a single
drop of gasoline, and that all of its power comes from
the solar energy we collect right here on the Brooklyn
waterfront,” said BE president and CEO Lex Heslin.
With a capacity of about six kilowatts, BE’s charging
station also produces enough energy to power a small
home, and its battery bank stores electricity 24/7 for
on-demand usage. Many of the major car manufacturers
are planning to launch electric or plug-in hybrid cars
starting next year. The BE charging station is a tangible
example of how to dramatically reduce carbon emissions.