Beam gains Homeland Security grant to fund off-grid EV Charging in Puerto Rico

Nov. 28, 2022
Each Beam system can be deployed without the need for construction, electrical work or utility connections. The systems are flood proof to 9.5 feet and wind rated to 125 mph

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is funding the deployment of Beam EV ARC off-grid EV charging systems in Puerto Rico to charge government fleet vehicles and improve disaster preparedness and energy resiliency.

The systems are being purchased through the General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS). The Beam EV ARC systems are powered by solar energy, which is generated and stored by the systems. This means, the systems are intended to be unaffected by utility grid failures.

Federal data from utility companies and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. shows that utility grid outages have increased by 64% over the last 10 years compared to the past decade. A total of 83% of the outages were due to weather-related events.

Puerto Rico is especially prone to massive outages, considering its vulnerable grid and the threat of tropical storms. Hurricane Fiona did a vast amount of damage earlier this year.

Each Beam system can be deployed without the need for construction, electrical work or utility connections. The systems are flood proof to 9.5 feet and wind rated to 125 mph. The systems have already successfully survived higher wind speeds in the field.

“Governments and companies are becoming increasingly reliant on electricity for fuel as the adoption of EVs is rapidly accelerating. Our products get them the charging infrastructure they need rapidly and scalably, and importantly we provide a source of fuel for their EVs which continues to operate during blackouts,” said Desmond Wheatley, CEO at Beam Global. “The increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters calls for heightened disaster preparedness. Beam products are designed and engineered to perform in extreme conditions. There is an increasing recognition that 25% of EV charging infrastructure should be off-grid so that it continues to operate during centralized grid failure. These Puerto Rico deployments are an excellent example of the steps the U.S. government is making to provide the beginnings of a strategic electric reserve (SES) to match our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.”