The City of Goleta received and set up Santa Barbara County’s first EV ARC™ 2020 (EV ARC) which is available for the public to use to charge their electric vehicles, acting on its commitment to building a green and sustainable community. The EV ARC is a transportable, 100% off-grid solar-powered EV charger that can also serve as a mobile emergency preparedness and energy resiliency asset. The unit, now occupying a single standard parking space and being grid-independent, required no construction, trenching or electrical circuit work, allowing for fast deployment.
Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte remarked, “We are excited to have taken this first step of many in providing our community with access to clean, reliable energy and supporting the transition to electric vehicles. We are looking forward to continuing the momentum in addressing climate change and creating a more sustainable, green Goleta.”
Fully funded by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District 2020 Clean Air Grants Infrastructure and the California Office of Emergency Services Public Safety Power Shutoff Resiliency Programs, the City of Goleta’s EV ARC unit is equipped with a ChargePoint™ Dual Port charger and can power up to 265 miles of electric driving in a single day. The EV ARC system generates and stores its own clean electricity and delivers that electricity to power EVs, day or night, and during inclement weather and power outages.
The EV ARC from BEAM Global is now online in Goleta City Hall’s parking lot (130 Cremona Drive) and is available for public use at no cost to the user. Community members are now welcome and able to charge their electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles using the EV ARC at any time day or night, free of charge with a ChargePoint™ account. There are two charging plugs, and users can park on or next to the EV ARC unit to charge their vehicle.
The new electric vehicle charging station is one of many ways the City is striving to meet its goal of 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 and expanding EV charging access. The City is currently enrolling in Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) this October 2021 in an effort to support clean energy at competitive rates and participate in innovative energy programs that facilitate the electrification of the transportation and built environments. This year the City will move forward with a solar photovoltaic project and additional EV charging stations at City Hall. Learn more about what we are doing here.
Pictured: EV ARC™ 2020 by BEAM Global newly installed in the Goleta City Hall parking lot and charging a car.