How to Optimize & Protect EV Charging Stations

Earlier this month the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) hosted energy and water professionals across the federal, public and private sectors at the Energy Exchange 2021.

This event focused on connecting participants to the present and the future of efficient, resilient, secure, and sustainable energy and water solutions.

Apollo Sunguard was proud to be a part of this event. As it our focus, to deliver innovative solar protection and clean energy solutions to improve life.

That is why Apollo Sunguard is a ChargePoint Premier Partner.

ChargePoint is currently the leading manufacturer of networked electric vehicle charging stations in the United States, with more than 30,000 stations deployed nationwide. ChargePoint stations use cutting-edge technology that has been rigorously tested to verify that it’s safe, reliable, and driver friendly.

Helping to improve EV charging efficiency is shade – and we know shade. Apollo Sunguard has been in the business of shade since 1993. As the oldest privately owned shade manufacturer in the country, we’re proud to be a leader in shade innovation.

When shade is paired with EV charging stations, whether that be from trees or shade structures while, trees mature, they perform better. This is because excessive heat impairs battery function. In fact, electric vehicles in direct sunlight can require up to 2kW more of power to become fully charged.

Powered & Protected: Shade & Your EV Charging Station

Apollo Sunguard has over 20 years of experience in providing shade structures to the federal government. Shade is especially important for parking lots that feature electric vehicle charging stations. Independent studies have shown when EV charging stations are shaded, they:

  • Charge vehicles up to 14 minutes faster
  • Consume less KW energy to charge
  • Require less maintenance for the charging station
  • Protect the vehicles from internal and external sun damage
  • Lower internal vehicle temperatures up to 20 degrees

Parking lot shade structures work best if planned in tandem with the planting features of the lot. Trees and shades can work together to shade the lot throughout the day as the angle of the sun changes. Shade structures can also be equipped with lighting systems, surveillance devices, solar panels and EV charging stations.

Conserve Energy

As a Florida-based company, Apollo Sunguard understands how hot the sun can get. While the heat may be burdensome, it also directly impairs battery function. Electric vehicles charging in direct sunlight can require up to 2kW more power to become fully charged. Apollo Sunguard’s cantilever shade structures pair perfectly with charging stations. Under shade, electric vehicles can charge more efficiently.

Cool Down Quicker

Shade structures not only improve the charging efficiency of electric vehicles, but they also protect the interior and exterior from sun damage. Apollo Sunguard’s Shade Cloth mimics the natural shade of trees by allowing air to flow through, helping to cool down even energy-absorbing materials such as asphalt and concrete. Under a shade structure the ambient temperature can feel 20 degrees cooler.

Built to Last

All of Apollo Sunguard’s structures are backed with the shade industry’s leading warranty – fifteen years on fabric and twenty years on steel. With over 17 fabric colors available, Apollo Sunguard’s Shade Cloths add curb appeal to your property. The company’s fabric is tested by an independent laboratory and a large selection of colors meet a minimum of 93% UV Block as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

Purchasing Path

Purchase of ChargePoint charging stations and network plan/services is being purchased from Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Apollo Sunguard, via a pre-completed and pre-vetted Federal contract. This contract was won in full and open competition of charging station products. The contract number is as follows: has GSA BPA contract Number: GS-30F-GA082).

Ensure your charging stations are effective and protected by equipping them with our industry-leading shade products. Contact one of our government and EV charging shade specialist today to learn more.

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