Peugeot Design Lab has unveiled the design of a new solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles.
Developed for DRIVECO and dubbed the “DRIVECO Parasol”, the charging station incorporates 88 photovoltaic panels and lithium ion batteries for generating and storing solar energy.
The designers claim electricity can be redistributed round the clock even in periods of low sun intensity and shared in a network of several Parasols by means of a “smart grid” intelligent energy management system. Each Parasol is universal and can charge up to 7 vehicles – cars, scooters or bicycles – simultaneously 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. The charging time depends on the selected mode: quick or normal.
The wooden lattice structure accommodating the 150 m² of solar panels forms a canopy, while the flared bases of the Parasol integrate the charging points and electricity storage batteries. This project has harnessed the skills of designers, 3-D modellers and colour and materials experts, says Peugeot.
After a Parasol was commissioned back in March this year at Bastia in France, DRIVECO is today inaugurating a so-called “smart solar road” – said to be the first in the world – in Corsica’s capital city of Ajaccio. A new Parasol has also been commissioned for the newly-created road.
Source: Peugeot Design Lab