KUSI’s Coverage of the Kearny Mesa FIAT EV ARC™ Digital Inauguration

On July 28th, 2014 Envision Solar held a press conference in San Diego covered by local media and TV with Desmond Wheatley (Envision Solar CEO), Javier Soriano (Owner of Kearny Mesa Fiat), San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf and Carl DeMaio (Former San Diego Councilmember and current candidate for Congress).

The press conference highlighted the debut of the Envision Solar EV ARC™ Digital at Kearny Mesa Fiat, which means that test driving a 500e at Kearny Mesa Fiat is the first time most San Diegan’s will have a chance to truly drive emission free and on sunshine. It also highlighted the environmental consciousness of Kearny Mesa Fiat and the Fiat brand, by not only driving emission free, but also driving on clean fuel.

Envision Solar Announces First Digital Out Of Home (DOOH) Advertising EV ARC™ For FIAT

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. July 22nd, 2014 – Envision Solar International, Inc., (EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy Media and Branding product company, announced today the deployment of its EV ARC™ Digital Platform at Kearny Mesa FIAT in San Diego. The dealership will offer “test driving on sunshine” and will leverage the built in digital advertising screen to deliver sales content and to drive revenue from partners with complimentary products such as insurance vendors.

Envision Solar EV Arc Digital Platform at Kearny Mesa Fiat in San DiegoKearny Mesa FIAT is frequently the top US retailer of the FIAT 500e, all electric vehicle and engages in eco-friendly practices earning the Second-annual Dealer Environmentally Conscious Operations (ECO) Program award. The state of the art dealership incorporated ECO friendly initiatives during its construction and offers stylish European design and finishes. The EV ARC™ is placed prominently in a high visibility location where it can create maximum customer interest.

“Kearny Mesa FIAT provides the best sales and service experience anywhere. From the moment you walk into our Studio, you are embraced in a customer focused, friendly and pressure-free environment,” said Javier Soriano, President. “We know that San Diegans care deeply about the environment. We are committed to being pioneers in eco-friendly automotive operations. The EV ARC™ and offering test drives on pure sunshine are great examples of that commitment. The integrated digital screen not only allows us to communicate more efficiently with our customers but also to recuperate the costs of having the EV ARC™ on the lot. We love offering free charging to our guests – it doesn’t cost us anything and we didn’t have to dig up our dealership to get it done.”

“Kearny Mesa FIAT is a visionary and thought leading San Diego business,” said Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Envision Solar. “This is an important milestone for Envision Solar as well. Our first media based and recurring revenue business. It’s great for the customer because it makes the pricing much more approachable and they can cover their costs. It’s great for Envision because there are thousands of such businesses to whom this sort of model should appeal so we believe that we can scale this business model very profitably.”

Invented and manufactured in the US, the EV ARC™ fits inside a parking space and generates around 16kWhrs/day that are stored in the on-board batteries. The system’s solar electrical generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak™, which enables the array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25% more electricity than a fixed array. The EV ARC™ Digi has an outdoor digital advertising screen, which is powered by the unit and receives content updates across the EV ARC™ units wireless network connection.

Digital Out Of Home (DOOH) advertising is the second fastest growing advertising medium after Internet Video according to PQ Media Research.

About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, designs, manufactures and deploys unique, architecturally accretive, renewably energized, EV charging and Media and Branding systems with a Drag & Drop Infrastructure™ product line. The company’s products include the patent pending EV ARC™, the patented Solar Tree® and Solar Tree® Socket™ arrays with EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, SunCharge™ Column Integrated Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and ARC™ technology energy storage solutions.

Based in San Diego the company integrates the highest quality components into its Made in America products ensuring long and trouble free service and timeless beautification of the locations they serve. This unique approach enables the company’s commercial and institutional customers to take full advantage of the value creation associated with transforming underutilized locations into beautiful, shaded, renewable energy generation plants, which support Media and Branding, EV Charging, and are shrouded in the “Green Halo.” Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information, visit www.envisionsolar.com or call (866) 746-0514.

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Contact:

Morgan Coles
Envision Solar International, Inc.
(858) 799-4583
gosolar@envisionsolar.com

Envision Solar’s EV ARC™ and European Partner Aconfort selected for the European Business Awards for the Environment

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (Marketwired via COMTEX) – June 12, 2014 – Envision Solar International, Inc., (EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy Media and Branding product company announced today that its EV ARC™ product, together with it’s European partner Aconfort, have been selected by the Organization for the European Business Awards for the Environment.

The selection was made on World Environment Day in Spain at an event attended by their Royal Highnesses the Princes of Asturias, the Ministers of the Environment and Agriculture and ninety companies. The future King and Queen of Spain, Prince Felipe of Borbon and Princess Leticia Ortiz gave the awards.
Envision’s partner, Aconfort, was selected as the Spanish distributor of EV ARC, the world’s first transportable EV charging station which is entirely energized by clean and renewable solar energy.

Aconfort will display EV ARC™ chargers at the Communidad de Andalucia where businesses will be able to test the product and EVs charged by it.

“Thanks to these awards and our exposure at the Communidad de Andalucia, EV ARC can be a fountain of renewable energy for EVs for all of Europe,” said Aquilino Ornia, CEO of Aconfort. “It will resonate with the leading environmentally conscious businesses and governments. I’m sure we are going to have a big win with it.”

“We would like to thank their Majesties Prince Felipe of Borbon and Princess Leticia Ortiz for their gracious recognition,” said Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO of Envision Solar. “EV ARC is an exportable solution which is incredibly valuable anywhere that EVs or E-motorcycles will be used. These events and our partnership with Aconfort will open huge markets in Spain and the rest of Europe for our company without diluting our US efforts. We look forward to fulfilling multiple orders in Europe.”

Invented and manufactured in the US, the EV ARC™ fits inside a parking space and generates around 16kWhrs/day that are stored in the on-board batteries. The system’s solar electrical generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak™, which enables the array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25% more electricity than a fixed array.

IHS Automotive forecasts a 67% increase in electrified vehicle production globally in 2014, especially driven by strong EV growth in Europe.

About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, designs, manufactures and deploys unique, architecturally accretive, renewably energized, EV charging and Media and Branding systems with a Drag & Drop Infrastructure™ product line. The company’s products include the patent pending EV ARC™, the patented Solar Tree® and Solar Tree® Socket™ arrays with EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, SunCharge™ Column Integrated Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and ARC™ technology energy storage solutions.

Based in San Diego the company integrates the highest quality components into its Made in America products ensuring long and trouble free service and timeless beautification of the locations they serve. This unique approach enables the company’s commercial and institutional customers to take full advantage of the value creation associated with transforming underutilized locations into beautiful, shaded, renewable energy generation plants, which support Media and Branding, EV Charging, and are shrouded in the “Green Halo.” Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information, visit www.envisionsolar.com or call (866) 746-0514.

About ACONFORT

Aconfort operates in the HVAC and solar energy industry in Europe and the UAE. Aconfort’s platform in the Middle East region promotes solar photovoltaic systems and other cutting edge solar systems to help reduce CO2 emissions and protect the environment. Aconfort has a large staff of engineering experts and solar panel installers offering pre-sale energy assessments, system design, system installation and post sale service of installed solar equipment. Aconfort is also the official representative of Envision Solar International, Inc.’s sun-tracking products in Spain, UAE and Qatar. www.aconfort.es ; info@aconfort.es.

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Contact:

Morgan Coles
Envision Solar International, Inc.
(858) 799-4583
gosolar@envisionsolar.com

Envision Solar International Solar Tree® Structures Selected by Nationwide Retailer to Provide Renewable Energy

Sustainable EV Charging and Safe Comfortable Shaded Parking

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (Marketwired via COMTEX) – June 12, 2014 – Envision Solar International, Inc., (EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy Media and Branding product company, announced today that its Solar Tree® products have been selected by a nationwide Department Store chain as part of its continuing efforts to protect and conserve the environment through solutions that provide long-term sustainability.

The Solar Tree® arrays will deliver renewable energy, solar powered EV Charging and shade and protection from inclement weather to customers and staff at the department store company’s locations. The first deployment of Envision’s Solar Tree® structures for this company is commencing today in Dallas, Texas. The inclusion of EV chargers on the Solar Tree® arrays will further enhance the retailer’s existing fleet of EV chargers and provide customers and staff the opportunity to drive on sunshine.

The Department Store company is a major retailer with stores and corporate facilities nationwide. Envision Solar was selected because of its focus on creating high quality, architecturally accretive, American made products, which fit perfectly with the retailer’s emphasis on delivering quality and long-term sustainability.

Each Solar Tree® shades six to eight parking spaces and generates enough energy to provide up to 500 miles of totally emissions free driving in a day. The average American drives 36.9 miles per day according to the Federal Highway Administration. When the energy is not being used to charge EVs it will reduce the location’s reliance on utility supplied energy, lowering its energy bills. Each Solar Tree® produces clean renewable energy, reducing as much carbon dioxide as 20 acres of US forests in one year.

“We are delighted that this major retailer has selected our products as part of their ongoing nationwide sustainability efforts,” said Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO of Envision Solar. “They are a leader in sustainability and their choice of our products is a major endorsement of the quality, architectural accretion and superior functionality which we deliver. We are proud to be a part of their efforts and look forward to a broad engagement. This is an important day for our company and it serves as further confirmation of our products and the value they deliver to customers like this very large and discerning retailer.”

Invented, engineered and fabricated in the United States, the Solar Tree® covers 8 parking spaces. The system’s clean solar electrical generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak™, which enables the solar array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25 percent more electricity than a conventional fixed array. Solar Tree® arrays can be outfitted with 6 level two EV chargers or one DC Fast Charger.

About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, designs, manufactures and deploys unique, proprietary and architecturally accretive renewable energy media and branding systems with a Drag & Drop Infrastructure™ product line. The company’s flagship products include the patent pending EV ARC™, patented Solar Tree® array and Solar Tree® Socket™ solar media and branding platforms with EnvisionTrak™, a proprietary and patented solar tracker, and SunCharge™ Column Integrated Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

Based in San Diego the company integrates only the highest quality components into its Made in America products ensuring long and trouble-free service and timeless beautification of the parking lots they serve. This unique approach to the industry allows the company’s commercial and institutional customers to take full advantage of the value creation associated with transforming parking lots into beautiful, shaded, renewable energy generation plants shrouded in the “Green Halo.” Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information on Envision Solar, visit www.envisionsolar.com or call (866) 746-0514.

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This Press Release may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events or our expected future results that are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. All statements in this Report other than statements of historical facts are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are generally accompanied by terms or phrases such as “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “goal,” “will,” “should,” “may,” or other words and similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or results. Statements contemplating or making assumptions regarding actual or potential sales, market size and demand, prospective business contracts, customer orders, trends or operating results also constitute forward looking statements. Our actual results may differ substantially from those indicated in forward looking statements because our business is subject to significant economic, competitive, regulatory, business and industry risks which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Our operating results, financial condition and business performance may be adversely affected by a general decline in the economy, unavailability of capital or financing for our prospective customers to purchase products and services from us, competition, changes in regulations, a decline in the demand for solar energy, a lack of profitability, a decline in our stock price, and other risks. We may not have adequate capital, financing or cash flow to sustain our business or implement our business plans. Current results and trends are not necessarily indicative of future results that we may achieve.

Contact:

Morgan Coles
Envision Solar International, Inc.
(858) 799-4583
gosolar@envisionsolar.com

Envision Solar Delivers Sustainable Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to Silicon Valley Search Engine

The EV ARC™ units delivered are unique standalone solar charging stations that require no foundation, trenching, building permits or grid connection

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – June 6, 2014 – Envision Solar International, Inc., (EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy Media and Branding product company, announced today that it has deployed its fully autonomous, mobile, and solar powered EV ARC™ Electric Vehicle Charging stations to a Search Engine Customer in Silicon Valley.

The EV ARC™ is a cost-effective, easy-to-install, standalone solar charging station that solves many of the problems faced by employers looking to provide electric vehicle charging stations for their employees. It does not require a foundation, trenching, any building permits or grid connection and the batteries on board provide charging all day and night.EVArc-PRPhoto-June2014

“The EV ARC™ has received great reception throughout California by major employers and governments,” said Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO of Envision Solar. “Many of our customers are especially concerned about reducing their carbon footprint at all levels. They appreciate that Envision Solar’s product portfolio uniquely enables their employees and fleets to not only access the charging infrastructure they require, but also the opportunity to drive on sunshine – the best way to truly drive emission free. The EV ARC™ is a paradigm shifting technology that is very appealing to anyone who has faced significant challenges due to construction, trenching, permitting and grid connection.”

Invented, engineered and fabricated in the United States, the EV ARC™ fits inside a standard parking space and generates approximately 16 kWhrs per day that are stored and ready for use in the 22 kWhr on board battery storage. The system’s clean solar electrical generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak™, which enables the solar array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25 percent more electricity than a conventional fixed array.

“One of the main prerequisites to mass adoption of electric vehicles is having broadly dispersed and rapidly deployed charging stations,” said Wheatley. “The EV ARC™ is ideal for any entity looking for rapid, hassle-free deployments of a charging infrastructure without all the challenges associated with conventional units. The fact that the energy is clean and renewable, unlike 75 percent of America’s grid supplied electricity, is important too. EV ARC™ makes EVs truly emissions free. It changes the deployment story and further advances us to a day when range anxiety is a thing of the past.”

The past year has seen a major uptick in deployments of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). This acceleration is a direct result of developments in the market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the EVSE market is expected to expand steadily as well. Unit sales of EVSE will rise from under 200,000 in 2012 to 3.8 million in 2020.

About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, designs, manufactures and deploys unique, proprietary and architecturally accretive renewable energy media and branding systems with a Drag & Drop Infrastructure™ product line. The company’s flagship products include the patent pending EV ARC™, patented Solar Tree® array and Solar Tree® Socket™ solar media and branding platforms with EnvisionTrak™, a proprietary and patented solar tracker, and SunCharge™ Column Integrated Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

Based in San Diego the company integrates only the highest quality components into its Made in America products ensuring long and trouble-free service and timeless beautification of the parking lots they serve. This unique approach to the industry allows the company’s commercial and institutional customers to take full advantage of the value creation associated with transforming parking lots into beautiful, shaded, renewable energy generation plants shrouded in the “Green Halo.” Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information on Envision Solar, visit www.envisionsolar.com or call (866) 746-0514.

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This Press Release may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events or our expected future results that are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. All statements in this Report other than statements of historical facts are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are generally accompanied by terms or phrases such as “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “goal,” “will,” “should,” “may,” or other words and similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or results. Statements contemplating or making assumptions regarding actual or potential sales, market size and demand, prospective business contracts, customer orders, trends or operating results also constitute forward looking statements. Our actual results may differ substantially from those indicated in forward looking statements because our business is subject to significant economic, competitive, regulatory, business and industry risks which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Our operating results, financial condition and business performance may be adversely affected by a general decline in the economy, unavailability of capital or financing for our prospective customers to purchase products and services from us, competition, changes in regulations, a decline in the demand for solar energy, a lack of profitability, a decline in our stock price, and other risks. We may not have adequate capital, financing or cash flow to sustain our business or implement our business plans. Current results and trends are not necessarily indicative of future results that we may achieve.

Contact:

Morgan Coles
Envision Solar International, Inc.
(858) 799-4583
gosolar@envisionsolar.com

The Problem of Finding Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Just Got Sunnier

244BY TODD WOODY AT THE ATLANTIC CITIES

The approach most cities take toward electric car charging can charitably be described as helter-skelter. With little data on where and when people need to juice their jalopies, local governments and businesses have spent millions of dollars to install chargers in the hope that if they build it, drivers will come.

And so in California, where Tesla Motors’ Model S electric sports sedan outsells high-end Mercedes and BMWs, you might find chargers at a random Whole Foods in Berkeley, a cluster of them in San Francisco’s financial district, or in places scattered around Santa Monica. Deploying charging stations typically involves navigating layers of bureaucratic red tape, dealing with the local utility company, and persuading business owners to hand over a piece of their real estate. It’s a tough business – witness the bankruptcy last year of Ecotality, one of the biggest electric charging companies in the United States.

But what if instead of luring drivers to chargers, you could bring the chargers to the drivers? And make them solar-powered to boot?

That’s the idea behind the portable solar-powered parking space invented by Envision Solar out of San Diego. Called the EV ARC, the 9-by-16-foot structure fits on the back of a flatbed truck for delivery. It consists of a parking pad and a canopy of solar panels that charge a 21.6 kilowatt-hour battery. No power grid, construction, or permits needed. The big idea: Municipalities and businesses will buy the solar chargers and set them in parking spaces on city streets, parking lots and at retailers, moving them around as needed.

“You can deploy this thing in five minutes,” says Desmond Wheatley, Envision’s chief executive, standing by an EV ARC he brought to an electric car conference in Palo Alto, California, in April. “There’s zero environmental impact, and you pick this thing up and move it and you’ll never know it’s been there. At the end of the day, is it better to drive on sunshine or grid-powered electricity?”

Envision’s vision of a network of off-the-grid solar charging stations taps into a nascent trend. Installations of solar panels are exploding – the U.S. brought online 4,751 megawatts of photovoltaic power in 2013 alone, which accounted for nearly a third of new electricity capacity that year. For homeowners, using their solar arrays to charge their battery-powered cars with carbon-free electricity maximizes their investment in both. (Envision also makes “solar trees” with grid-connected chargers built into their trunks, which have been deployed around the U.S.)

“We know from the studies we’ve done that people really link together solar charging and electric vehicles,” says Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. “You couple electric cars with solar and it’s really a very compelling combination that sends all the right signals about the environment and energy independence.”

“Economically it doesn’t pencil out, given the high price of solar,” he adds. “But if you put a standalone solar charger in a parking lot, a retail establishment or a workplace or somewhere it’s going to be used during the day, it probably makes sense insofar as solar charging makes sense.”

The EV ARC itself costs as much as an electric car – $40,000, according to Wheatley – though subsidies can cut the price in half.

But as the cost of solar-generated electricity continues to fall, companies like SolarCity, one of the largest U.S. residential solar installers, have been putting electric chargers in customers’ garages. And now SolarCity is offering some customers a Tesla Motors 10-kilowatt-hour lithium battery pack along with solar panels for their roof. The battery – a smaller version of the one that powers the Model S – stores electricity generated by the rooftop array to charge a car or provide for power the house at night or during a blackout.

In March, Honda unveiled the Honda Smart Home, a prototype of a dwelling with an oversized solar array that stores electricity in a version of the lithium-ion battery that powers the Honda Fit electric car that’s parked in the garage.

And in January Ford took the wraps off a prototype of its own off-the-grid solar charging system that could be deployed at homes, corporate campuses, or in cities. A cheap and lightweight solar canopy features a roof made of plastic Fresnel lenses. The lenses concentrate sunlight on 16-square-feet of solar panels that are built into the roof of Ford’s C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid hatchback. That boosts electricity production to charge the car’s lithium-ion battery.

Still, solar street charging has its limitations.

Depending on the configuration, Envision’s EV ARCs solar panels will generate 2.3 kilowatt-hours or 3.1 kilowatt-hours of electricity to charge the battery. That’s enough energy to add 60 to 90 miles a day to a battery’s capacity – as long as the sun’s shining. A conventional grid-connected charger, of course, can supply electricity 24/7.

But portability may be solar charging’s biggest advantage as electric car technology evolves. The way grid-connected chargers have been deployed reflects the fact that most electric cars currently can travel only about 75 miles on a charge, and that drivers need to charge frequently. But as that range inevitably grow with improvements in batteries in the years ahead, many of those fixed charging stations will probably be rendered as superfluous as a pay phone. A portable solar charger like the EV ARC, on the other hand, can be redeployed as charging habits change and drivers increasingly just need to top off their batteries.

So far Envision has sold the EV ARC to corporate customers and for trial runs in places like the San Diego airport. “We want to create the first ubiquitous urban electric charging infrastructure powered by solar, so people can drive around a city on nothing but sunshine,” says Wheatley.

This article is part of ‘The Future of Transportation,’ an Atlantic Cities series made possible with support from The Rockefeller Foundation.

Todd Woody is an environmental and technology journalist based in California. He writes for The New York Times and Quartz, and was previously an editor and writer at Fortune, Forbes, and Business 2.0.

The Problem of Finding Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Just Got Sunnier

Written by Todd Woody at The Atlantic CITY LAB

The solar-powered EV ARC™ charger has a key advantage: portability.

The approach most cities take toward electric car charging can charitably be described as helter-skelter. With little data on where and when people need to juice their jalopies, local governments and businesses have spent millions of dollars to install chargers in the hope that if they build it, drivers will come.

And so in California, where Tesla Motors’ Model S electric sports sedan outsells high-end Mercedes and BMWs, you might find chargers at a random Whole Foods in Berkeley, a cluster of them in San Francisco’s financial district, or in places scattered around Santa Monica. Deploying charging stations typically involves navigating layers of bureaucratic red tape, dealing with the local utility company, and persuading business owners to hand over a piece of their real estate. It’s a tough business — witness the bankruptcy last year of Ecotality, one of the biggest electric charging companies in the United States.

But what if instead of luring drivers to chargers, you could bring the chargers to the drivers? And make them solar-powered to boot?

That’s the idea behind the portable solar-powered parking space invented by Envision Solar out of San Diego. Called the EV ARC™, the 9-by-16-foot structure fits on the back of a flatbed truck for delivery. It consists of a parking pad and a canopy of solar panels that charge a 21.6 kilowatt-hour battery. No power grid, construction, or permits needed. The big idea: Municipalities and businesses will buy the solar chargers and set them in parking spaces on city streets, parking lots and at retailers, moving them around as needed.

“You can deploy this thing in five minutes,” says Desmond Wheatley, Envision’s chief executive, standing by an EV ARC™ he brought to an electric car conference in Palo Alto, California, in April. “There’s zero environmental impact, and you pick this thing up and move it and you’ll never know it’s been there. At the end of the day, is it better to drive on sunshine or grid-powered electricity?”

Envision’s vision of a network of off-the-grid solar charging stations taps into a nascent trend. Installations of solar panels are exploding — the U.S. brought online 4,751 megawatts of photovoltaic power in 2013 alone, which accounted for nearly a third of new electricity capacity that year. For homeowners, using their solar arrays to charge their battery-powered cars with carbon-free electricity maximizes their investment in both. (Envision also makes “solar trees” with grid-connected chargers built into their trunks, which have been deployed around the U.S.)

“We know from the studies we’ve done that people really link together solar charging and electric vehicles,” says Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. “You couple electric cars with solar and it’s really a very compelling combination that sends all the right signals about the environment and energy independence.”

“Economically it doesn’t pencil out, given the high price of solar,” he adds. “But if you put a standalone solar charger in a parking lot, a retail establishment or a workplace or somewhere it’s going to be used during the day, it probably makes sense insofar as solar charging makes sense.”

The EV ARC™ itself costs as much as an electric car — $40,000, according to Wheatley — though subsidies can cut the price in half.

But as the cost of solar-generated electricity continues to fall, companies like SolarCity, one of the largest U.S. residential solar installers, have been putting electric chargers in customers’ garages. And now SolarCity is offering some customers a Tesla Motors 10-kilowatt-hour lithium battery pack along with solar panels for their roof. The battery — a smaller version of the one that powers the Model S — stores electricity generated by the rooftop array to charge a car or provide for power the house at night or during a blackout.

In March, Honda unveiled the Honda Smart Home, a prototype of a dwelling with an oversized solar array that stores electricity in a version of the lithium-ion battery that powers the Honda Fit electric car that’s parked in the garage.

And in January Ford took the wraps off a prototype of its own off-the-grid solar charging system that could be deployed at homes, corporate campuses, or in cities. A cheap and lightweight solar canopy features a roof made of plastic Fresnel lenses. The lenses concentrate sunlight on 16-square-feet of solar panels that are built into the roof of Ford’s C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid hatchback. That boosts electricity production to charge the car’s lithium-ion battery.

Still, solar street charging has its limitations.

Depending on the configuration, Envision’s EV ARC™s solar panels will generate 2.3 kilowatt-hours or 3.1 kilowatt-hours of electricity to charge the battery. That’s enough energy to add 60 to 90 miles a day to a battery’s capacity — as long as the sun’s shining. A conventional grid-connected charger, of course, can supply electricity 24/7.

But portability may be solar charging’s biggest advantage as electric car technology evolves. The way grid-connected chargers have been deployed reflects the fact that most electric cars currently can travel only about 75 miles on a charge, and that drivers need to charge frequently. But as that range inevitably grow with improvements in batteries in the years ahead, many of those fixed charging stations will probably be rendered as superfluous as a pay phone. A portable solar charger like the EV ARC™, on the other hand, can be redeployed as charging habits change and drivers increasingly just need to top off their batteries.

So far Envision has sold the EV ARC™ to corporate customers and for trial runs in places like the San Diego airport. “We want to create the first ubiquitous urban electric charging infrastructure powered by solar, so people can drive around a city on nothing but sunshine,” says Wheatley.

Images courtesy Envision Solar.

This article is part of ‘The Future of Transportation,’ a CityLab series made possible with support from The Rockefeller Foundation.

City of Boulder Deploys Envision Solar EV ARC™

Boulder Department of Public Works Features the Envision Solar EV ARC™ Standalone Solar Charging Station at Two Locations

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – May 1, 2014 – Envision Solar International, Inc., (EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy Media and Branding product company, announced today that the City of Boulder, Colorado has expanded their electric vehicle charging program with the installation of two new Envision Solar EV ARC™ standalone Solar Charging Stations. These two fully renewably energized EV chargers are located at the East Boulder Community Center and the Broadway & Spruce Parking Lot and are available free of charge to the public.

The EV ARC™ is a cost-effective, easy-to-install, standalone solar charging station that requires no foundation, trenching, building permit or grid connection. Invented, engineered and manufactured in the United States, the EV ARC™ fits inside a standard parking space and generates approximately 16 kWhrs per day that are stored and ready for use in the 22 kWh on board battery storage. The system’s clean solar electrical generation is enhanced by the patented EnvisionTrak™, which enables the solar array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25 percent more electricity than a conventional fixed array.

Glenn Magee, Construction Manager for the City of Boulder Department of Public Works said, “This represents some completely sustainable technologies, it is a fully self sufficient operation. We’re not tapping any power from any source, its generated through the solar panels and it goes directly to the charger. It’s totally sustainable and a complete use of our natural resources.”

“These deployments in Boulder really demonstrate the value of the EV ARC,” said Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Envision Solar. “It was not economically feasible to run trenching and grid connections to these important locations but the EV ARC delivers EV charging where traditional chargers cannot which represents a huge opportunity for this product and our company. We are proud to have the City of Boulder as a customer and look forward to working with them and other cities to deliver renewably energized EV charging without the difficult or sometimes impossible tasks associated with tying to the grid.”

Navigant Research forecasts that the global EV market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.6% while the global market for gasoline vehicles will grow at a CAGR of only 2.6%. The US is the number one market for EVs and the growth in charging infrastructure is forecast at 128% CAGR. Solar powered charging offers the cleanest and easiest method for the deployment of such infrastructure.

Contact the Company for more information on EV ARC™.

About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, designs, manufactures and deploys unique, proprietary and architecturally accretive renewable energy media and branding systems with a Drag & Drop Infrastructure™ product line. The company’s flagship products include the patent pending EV ARC™, patented Solar Tree® array and Solar Tree® Socket™ solar media and branding platforms with EnvisionTrak™, a proprietary and patented solar tracker, and SunCharge™ Column Integrated Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

Based in San Diego the company integrates only the highest quality components into its Made in America products ensuring long and trouble free service and timeless beautification of the parking lots they serve. This unique approach to the industry allows the company’s commercial and institutional customers to take full advantage of the value creation associated with transforming parking lots into beautiful, shaded, renewable energy generation plants shrouded in the “Green Halo.” Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information on Envision Solar, visit www.envisionsolar.com or call (866) 746-0514.

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Contact:

Morgan Coles
Envision Solar International, Inc.
(858) 799-4583
gosolar@envisionsolar.com

Boulder Colorado Channel 8 Features Envision Solar’s Solar Tree®

The City of Boulder has installed two Solar Trees to provide electric vehicle owners a free charge. To learn more, visit the Electric Vehicles & Charging Stations page at the City of Boulder Colorado’s website.

John “Jack” Schneider, Former Managing Director of Allen & Co. Joins Envision Solar International Board of Directors

Seasoned Advertising and Media executive to help grow the Company’s sustainable media and outdoor advertising business

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – April 10, 2014 – Envision Solar International, Inc., (EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), a leading renewable energy media and branding product company, today announced the addition of Jack Schneider, formerly Managing Director of Allen & Co. LLC, to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Schneider spent more than 34 years as a Managing Director at Allen & Co. LLC, the premier investment house in the media and entertainment sector. His addition to the Envision team brings an unparalleled level of experience and relationships as the Company takes advantage of the significant opportunities at the nexus of Renewable Energy and the outdoor media vertical. Mr. Schneider brings a wealth of M&A experience from Allen & Co. and his long-term relationships with other leaders in technology, media and entertainment open doors to significant new opportunities for Envision. He has been a Member of the Advisory Boards of Loton, Corp. since October 4, 2013; the Mandalay Digital Group, Inc. since April 19, 2011; IntelliCell BioSciences, Inc. since October 2011 and NeuMedia, Inc. since April 19, 2011. He also served as a Director at Stratus Media Group, Inc. Mr. Schneider also pioneered The Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, widely considered one of the most influential gatherings of international business leaders, annually. Mr. Schneider served on the Board of the National Mentoring Partnership for 12 years, and as Chairman of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis for 25 years.

“We have developed a suite of high value and high quality renewably energized products for the outdoor advertising and media industry,” stated Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO of Envision. “Jack’s M&A experience from Allen & Co. and his long-term relationships with other leaders in the media and entertainment community will open doors to new opportunities for Envision and our products in the brand-new and rapidly growing sustainable media distribution and advertising sectors.”

“I am very excited to join the Envision team and Board,” Mr. Schneider commented. “With exploding market opportunities in the targeted sectors and the diversified environmentally beneficial products that Envision offers, I believe the Company is very well positioned for strong growth while helping our planet. I look forward to witnessing and contributing to the company’s progress in coming years.”

About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, designs, manufactures and deploys unique, proprietary and architecturally accretive renewable energy media and branding systems with a Drag & Drop Infrastructure™ product line. The company’s flagship products include the patent pending EV ARC™, patented Solar Tree® array and Solar Tree®Socket™ solar media and branding platforms with EnvisionTrak™, a proprietary and patent pending solar tracker, and SunCharge™ Column Integrated Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

Based in San Diego the company integrates only the highest quality components into its Made in America products ensuring long and trouble free service and timeless beautification of the parking lots they serve. This unique approach to the industry allows the company’s commercial and institutional customers to take full advantage of the value creation associated with transforming parking lots into beautiful, shaded, renewable energy generation plants shrouded in the “Green Halo.” Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information on Envision Solar, visit www.envisionsolar.com or call (866) 746-0514.

Forward-Looking Statements

This Press Release may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events or our expected future results that are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. All statements in this Report other than statements of historical facts are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are generally accompanied by terms or phrases such as “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “goal,” “will,” “should,” “may,” or other words and similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or results. Statements contemplating or making assumptions regarding actual or potential sales, market size and demand, prospective business contracts, customer orders, trends or operating results also constitute forward looking statements. Our actual results may differ substantially from those indicated in forward looking statements because our business is subject to significant economic, competitive, regulatory, business and industry risks which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Our operating results, financial condition and business performance may be adversely affected by a general decline in the economy, unavailability of capital or financing for our prospective customers to purchase products and services from us, competition, changes in regulations, a decline in the demand for solar energy, a lack of profitability, a decline in our stock price, and other risks. We may not have adequate capital, financing or cash flow to sustain our business or implement our business plans. Current results and trends are not necessarily indicative of future results that we may achieve.

Contact:

Morgan Coles
Envision Solar International, Inc.
(858) 799-4583
gosolar@envisionsolar.com

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