The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is installing a 1.5 megawatt rooftop solar system and 4.5 megawatt-hour battery storage component to power one of the largest electric vehicle charging facilities in the United States for commercial vehicles. “Los Angeles is on track to achieve a zero emissions future and our investments in clean transportation systems are driving this progress,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The more electric vehicles we put on our streets today, the more we can reduce emissions to ensure a healthier and more sustainable future.”
According to Solar energy world, the project will receive a $ 6 million grant from the California Energy Commission. The solar and storage micro-grid will power five 1.5MW Proterra fleet chargers that will power 104 remote EV charging stations. LA currently has 100 electric buses in its fleet and plans to become fully electric by 2028. LADOT has selected Proterra and Apparent to install the electric vehicle charging micro-grid at the agency’s Washington Bus Yard. When completed, it will have a maximum load capacity of 7.5 MW.
The microgrid will use Apprent’s smart grid operating system (igOS) platform to integrate Proterra Energy’s charging infrastructure with power generation to coordinate how and when electric buses are charged. with energy produced from solar energy, or drawn from storage or public service.
“Achieving our climate and sustainability goals requires persistent investment and urgent action,” says LADOT CEO Seleta Reynolds. “This grant provides an essential support facility as we move closer to our goal of a fully electric fleet.”
“Transportation agencies and fleet operators need resilient and reliable charging solutions to help fuel the shift to electric fleets. This innovative project is a model on how we can power commercial electric vehicle fleets and support a sustainable and clean transportation future with renewable energy solutions. We are excited to extend the benefits of our technology to help power Los Angeles’ transition to zero-emission electric transit buses, ”said Gareth Joyce, President of Proterra.
Sustainability on a Greek island
On the other side of the world, Citroën is teaming up with the Syngelidis group, the French utility company Vinci and Akuo Greece to bring zero-emission driving to the island of Chalki. He donates 6 electric vehicles – two Friends, two ë-C4, one ë-Spacetourer and one ë-Dispatch.
“We are very happy to collaborate with Chalki Island on this exceptional project. This collaboration fits perfectly in the spirit of Citroën, an innovative and daring brand, close to people in their daily life and their mobility. We are committed to making electrification accessible to all and we believe that it is a source of progress within the company, declared Vincent Cobée, CEO of Citroën, in a press release.
“We are very proud to help transform Chalki into a self-sufficient, smart and sustainable island. This project will be life changing for a few for now, but it’s only the beginning. By helping Chalki become a green economy based on sustainable development, Citroën is paving the way for the future and showing that electrification is the way to go, ”adds Cobée.
Thanks to a global development plan for smart and climate-neutral mobility, Citroën will offer residents and businesses on the island the opportunity to acquire zero-emission electric vehicles, from light quad-cycles to private and utility vehicles. Residents of the island will benefit from a significant improvement in their daily life with less noise, better air quality, a cleaner environment and lower fuel costs.
This is great news, but the question the press release did not answer is: where will the electricity come from to make this happen? Zero-emission vehicles are not really emission-free if the electricity to charge them is produced by burning coal. According to Bloomberg, the Greek government is providing a 1 MW solar installation that will meet all of the island’s electricity needs. It’s all part of the $ 100 million national green energy initiative for its island communities.
Whether it’s a gigantic commercial charging facility in Los Angeles or a fleet of 6 electric cars on a small Greek island, the electric vehicle revolution is touching lives all over the world. We must stop the flow of waste from the tailpipes of billions of vehicles if we are to have any hope of keeping the Earth habitable for humans.
Transportation is only part of human-made climate change, but it’s something ordinary people have some control over. The idea that we could drive on electrons instead of molecules was new ten years ago. Today, it is an accepted part of everyday life, no matter where you are in the world. Imagine where we will be in a decade!
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