Sundog Solar installs free electric vehicle charging station

By Ethan Andrews | Sep 05, 2017
Electrician Chris Noyes with the electric vehicle charging station he installed at Sundog Solar in Searsport for free public use.

Searsport — Sundog Solar has installed a free electric vehicle charging station on the company's office building at 222 E. Main St. The high-powered station is open 24/7 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sundog Solar recently added a 2017 Chevy Bolt to the company fleet. The electric car has a range of over 200 miles. Sundog Solar co-owner Chuck Piper said the company's sales reps had been logging a similar number of miles in gasoline-powered cars while ostensibly promoting renewable energy.

"We felt it would be a nice option for them to use an EV with company logos when they show up at a site survey," he said.

Piper said the free charging station was partially inspired by a growing public interest in electric vehicles, of which there are roughly 400 registered in Maine, and in reducing dependence on foreign oil. The electricity at the charging station still comes from the grid. Piper said deriving it from solar power would "complete the circle," but it wasn't an important factor at this stage of development.

The 240-volt, level 2 charging station was developed for the residential and commercial markets. Sundog Solar offers similar installations for homes or businesses. It delivers enough energy in one hour to power an electric car for 30 miles.

Piper said there are charging stations in Camden and Rockport. Plugshare.com, an online service that connects electric car owners with charging stations, lists public chargers at Unity College in Unity and ReVision Energy in Liberty, along with several at private charging stations available to site members.

For now, Piper said his company doesn't rely on other charging stations for its electric car.

"In order to work efficiently, we plan our trips so we can get back to the shop and charge the vehicle," he said.

Comments (1)
Posted by: from the kitchen | Sep 06, 2017 05:28

Should get Buddy to help with it. Can charge up while filling up across the street. Kinda like the old " Eat here and get gas" sign.



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