Published on July 23rd, 2011 | by Shannon Soesbe


Mitsubishi Unveils Solar-Powered Vehicle Charging Station

July 23rd, 2011 by  

Driving an electric vehicle (EV) can be a source of personal pride and a strong statement of how you see yourself in the world. Unfortunately, it can also be a little stressful if you have to worry about your car’s charge running out in the middle of nowhere.

Enter Mitsubishi, who has recently announced the debut of a solar-powered charging station at their headquarters in Cypress, California. Preceding the launch of the new Mitsubishi i electric vehicle in November, the opening of this charging station is designed to show the company’s commitment to improving the national infrastructure for EV drivers.  Eventually, certified Mitsubishi dealers across the US will also be EV-ready in preparation for the launch of the i.

Each charging station supports CHAdeMO compatible electric vehicles, with the capacity to charge up to four at a time. According to Mitsubishi, “…the station features three types of chargers with different voltages: standard level 1 voltage (110v) will deliver a 100 percent charge in 22 hours on the new Mitsubishi i; level 2 (220v) which can charge the vehicle in six hours; and level 3 CHAdeMO Quick Charger, which can charge to 80 percent battery capacity in 25 minutes.”

The choice of their Cypress headquarters to test out the new charger is not by chance. The company is hoping that this location can serve as a quick charging stop for those i customers who commute between Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Looking towards the future and increased electric vehicle popularity, Mitsubishi also foresees the installation of EV charging stations in locations where people spend their time working, shopping, and studying.

According to Mitsubishi Motors North America President Yoichi Yokozawa, “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.”

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  • Electric38

    Still wondering why these electric vehicles (cars and bikes) are not universally agreeing on a battery VOLT/AMP/ETC) type so they can be quick swapped rather than waiting. There should be hundreds of pre-charged batteries available at each station. It’s sad to see America move forward soooo slowly. Guess those mid east terrorists still need the oil money….

    How long before the return on investment in the canopy goes positive (free solar). How do mass producing these solar stations affect the resale price of my gas guzzler?

    How much money per vehicle is lost by the auto manufacturers? No carborater. fuel injector, gas tank, combustion engine, catalytic converter, etc. etc. What about used parts sales?? This may account for some of the kicking and screaming from them.

  • Beast88mm

    Get a Hydrogen hybrid Conversion installed in the SF Bay Area for $1600 for most cars and small trucks. These are HOD hydrogen on demand nothing is stored. Plus you get a tax credit for installing hydrogen upgrades. 35%-60% gains. Talk to @hybridwatercar on twitter or

  • With the MPPT technology the maximum out put can be always obtained even with part of the solar Panels being in shade with there curved profile. It may be still better if the solar Panels are made to track the sun and you might get 20 to 30% extra Energy with same set of Solar Modules. Of course there will be some moving parts and little more maintenance required. Hope Mitsubishi will consider these options as well

    • Anonymous

      The panels in this array are not angled to take best advantage of the sun. This setup is likely designed by someone more interested in form than function.

      • Dan Daniel

        I don’t think the curved roof approach makes a whole lot of sense. Looks pretty but a flat roof with the panels mounted at latitude will produce more power and will cost less to manufacture. I’ve seen other solar car ports that made more sense.

        I’m curious about the three charging options. Why wouldn’t most people choose the rapid charge option. If they do would the solar output be able to keep up. I’m assuming this carport is grid tied. I’d use a small computer to maximize charge across all vehicles based on how long the employees will be planning to stay.

  • Anumakonda Jagadeesh

    It is heartening to note that Electric Vehicle charging thorough Solar is Catching up.

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
    Wind Energy Expert

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to see some performance numbers from this solar array. Curved as it is, some panels are going to be producing earlier in the morning but less in the early afternoon, others are going to be late afternoon producers.

    That spreads production over more hours, but does it cut overall output?

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