Answers to your questions:
Q: What is the difference between SolarCBD® and other EV charging stations?
SolarCBD® is 100% solar energy powered (generated at the source) and can operate independent of the electricity grid.
This ensures charging can occur in any location where a solar panel can be installed, allowing users to simply charge where you are!®, as you go about their day. The charging system is designed to be a top-up solution for users while out and about to complement grid-based at home, or other charging stations.
During daylight hours, users can find themselves DIRECTLY charging their car from the sun, independent of the grid and without any (or minimal draw) on the battery.
Q: What happens if it is a cloudy or rainy day?
While the design of SolarCBD® allows generated energy to directly charge the vehicle, the system does have a battery to store energy for use during inclement weather. This was recently tested with SolarCBD® continuing to generate, store and provide power during Queensland’s recent extreme weather and flooding events which saw many homes disconnected from the power network.
Q: Where can Solar CBD be installed?
SolarCBD® can be installed and in use within days in any outdoor location offering a space of approximately 4.7 m by 1.4 m.
Q: What car brands does Solar CBD charge?
SolarCBD® is designed to charge all electric vehicle models.
Q: How many KW does the Solar CBD produce?
SolarCBD® can be developed and configured to achieve a solution relevant to your needs and operational goals. We’ve designed systems ranging from 25 kW for a few bays up to 100 kW, charging up to 10 bays, in modules of 100 kW for increased capacity.
Q: Can it charge more than one car at a time?
The SolarCBD® system can be scaled to charge as many vehicles as required, simply scaling the system to suit the need and offering.
To support the charge where you are concept, we believe that smaller systems, across more locations provides a better outcome given the rapid uptake of EVs in the country.
Q: Why not just connect to the grid and purchase green power at the point of generation?
Politicians, academics, commentators, regulators from all sides agree that our existing grid infrastructure will, and is struggling, requiring massive and rapid investment for it to keep pace.
Green energy generation is fundamental to a net-zero future, but our pursuit of renewables cannot be at the exclusion of protecting the grid infrastructure that supports it.
Up until now, economics has driven decisions to grid tie EV charging solutions – “It’s cheaper”! This may be true against a singular set of financial metrics, but in our view, is a false economy and rapidly creating another problem to be solved.
SolarCBD® is an offering that seeks to provide a renewable energy charging solution that can be off-grid, inspired to take something off the grid that doesn’t need to be part of the problem. Grid tie what you need to within the EV charging ecosystem, but innovate beyond this.
SolarCBD® systems can absolutely support a grid tie, for a form of redundancy. This will bring with it some additional costs and regulation. We just don’t want to see grid sourced power as the primary input, and our propriety software interface would look to draw on the grid connection only when needed (e.g. extended bad weather, significant demand).
Our vision is to use the grid for redundancy not for primary delivery.
Q: Who pays for the cost of a charge?
We’d help you identify your strategy and then deliver a system to drive its outcomes.
- For businesses supporting their own EV fleet, it would be a matter of pivoting your monthly fuel costs into a SolarCBD® system to charge your own EV fleet, and keep your people moving.
- Some businesses may elect to install SolarCBD® as a service offering to their clients / visitors, where it is freely available to anyone who visits the site.
- In other circumstances, the system may be installed on a user-pays basis, with credit card charging facilities attached to the system.
Q: We’re keen to have electric vehicles as part of our fleet but are worried about driving distance. How far can we travel?
This really depends on the model of your vehicle, but most EVs easily have a range of around 300- 400km.
Range anxiety is a very relevant issue for new EV users. One of the first questions we gat asked when owning and electric vehicle is “What happens when you want to drive from Brisbane to Mackay?”, for example. So we decided to do it!
Topping up 3 times at charging points distributed along the Queensland Electric Super Highway, we stopped every 3-4 hours for a 30-40mn stop at a fast charger to support the journey. All akin to the recommended “driver reviver” breaks, but sitting at a park or coffee shop, rather than a petrol station. The whole return trip to Mackay cost us about $25 in charging costs. It really was effortless.
While SolarCBD® can be scaled to achieve fast charging speeds with ease, the intention is to complement the fast charging network, rather than compete with it, offering a charging strategy that focuses on topping up your vehicle whenever it is near a system, and ideally wherever you are during the day, making use of your vehicles downtime and solar energy while you go about your day. It is about topping up, to reduce the frequency / need for a full charge, saving you time.
Q: Why should we install one at our business / venue?
Not only is SolarCBD® a way for businesses to ensure green energy compliance as we move toward a net zero future, the system meets the growing need for sustainable charging solutions due to the increasing ownership and use of electric vehicles. Users will seek destinations that provide on-site charging solutions, creating an opportunity for businesses to attract and retain visitors to specific locations.
the range of benefits
Innovative way to reduce CO2 emissions – using 100% renewable energy to charge EVs.
Direct and immediate benefits to brand.
Large advertising opportunity to prove to the community that your organization is focusing on reducing emissions both internally and in the community.
Protecting existing power infrastructure.
Load balancing the power grid, with increasing numbers of electric vehicles comes with an increasing load on the power grid.
Increase employee productivity.
Partner with a Queensland founded and headquartered company inspired to deliver world changing infrastructure.
Renewable infrastructure solutions developed by a company that knows infrastructure.
Reduces range anxiety as a barrier to EV take up through supportive charging infrastructure.