Georgia-based Akins Ford has selected Charge Enterprises, an energy, electrical, broadband, and EV charging infrastructure company, for the turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction of 19 EV charging stations and a 450 kW DC solar PV system.
Charge Enterprises’ Greenspeed Energy Solutions will begin the project in mid-December and serve to not only advance Akins Ford’s electrification objectives but also make sustainable transportation more accessible and convenient to its customers.
The installation will include two 120 kW Level 3 chargers with two charging ports each, one 180 kW Level 3 charger with two charging ports, five 19.2 kW Level 2 chargers, and 11 NEMA receptacles for mobile 9.6 kW Level 2 chargers.
The chargers are expected to generate 3,000 hours of charging per year, equaling over 1.7 million KWh, enough energy to allow an electric battery vehicle to drive 6 million miles and resulting in 700,000 kW in total carbon offset, considering the new infrastructure enables 60 hours of charging per week.
Additionally, Greenspeed will also install rooftop solar panels and a solar canopy over the EV charging stations, anticipated to offset 455 metric tons of CO2, equivalent to the amount of energy required to power nearly 60 homes.
Charge Enterprises also plans to install an energy dashboard in the dealership’s customer lounge to display accumulated carbon emission offset data from the EV chargers and solar panels to highlight the positive long-term environmental impact of the project.
“As part of our current green energy initiative, Akins Ford already creates $300,000 in annual savings, and we expect this initiative to drive even more value as we prioritize new ways of thinking about energy production and doing our part to protect the environment,” said Molly Morris, Director of Operations at Akins Ford.