Charge Implementing Infrastructure to Advance Akins Ford’s Electrification Objectives with 19 EV Charging Stations and Comprehensive Solar System, Resulting in 700,000 kW in Total Carbon Offset
Charge Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRGE) ("Charge" or the "Company”), a leading energy, electrical, broadband and EV charging infrastructure company, has been selected by Akins Ford – Georgia’s largest volume Ford dealer and a top ten Ford U.S. dealership – for the turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction of 19 electric vehicle (“EV”) charging stations and a 450 kW DC solar photovoltaic (“PV”) system. Greenspeed Energy Solutions, LLC, a Charge Enterprises company, will start the project in mid-December and will serve to advance Akins Ford’s electrification objectives and larger mission to make sustainable transportation more accessible and convenient to its customers.
The partnership will result in the install of 19 total EV chargers – including two 120kW Level 3 chargers with two charging ports each, one 180kW Level 3 charger with two charging ports, five 19.2kW Level 2 chargers, and 11 NEMA receptacles for mobile 9.6kW Level 2 chargers. Assuming the new infrastructure facilitates 60 hours of charging per week, Akins Ford can expect these chargers 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.
“At Charge, our top priority is to create a future where transportation is clean, efficient, and connected,” said Craig Denson, Interim CEO and COO, Charge Enterprises. “We look forward to building out this holistic and scalable electrification and solar solution for the team at Akins Ford to support its ambitious EV integration objectives and better serve its customers.”
In addition to the EV chargers, Greenspeed will also install rooftop solar panels and a solar canopy over the EV charging stations. These sustainable additions are anticipated to offset 455 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide, which is equivalent to the amount of energy needed to fully power nearly 60 homes.
“This move marks a significant advancement for our strategic commitment to energy innovation and decarbonization, including the electrification transition and embrace of solar power,” said Brad Akins, Founder of Akins Ford. “The addition of these EV chargers and solar panels will provide our customers with a crucial service and further the larger sustainability goals of our business.”
To help demonstrate the positive long-term environmental impact of these additions, Charge plans to install an energy dashboard in the dealership’s customer lounge that will display accumulated carbon emission offset data from the EV chargers and solar panels.
“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.
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About Charge Enterprises, Inc.
Charge Enterprises, Inc. is an electrical, broadband and EV charging infrastructure company that provides clients with end-to-end project management services. We operate in two segments: Infrastructure, which has a primary focus on EV charging, broadband and wireless, and electrical contracting services; and Telecommunications, which provides connection of voice calls, Short Message Services (SMS) and data to global carriers. Our vision is to be a leader in enabling the next wave of transportation and connectivity. By building, designing, and operating seamless infrastructure for electric vehicles, we aim to create a future where transportation is clean, efficient, and connected and to empower individuals, communities, and businesses to thrive in a more sustainable world. Our plan is to cultivate repeat customers and recurring revenues by deploying a multi-phased strategy, initially where investment in the EV charging revolution is taking place, the nation’s approximately 18,000 franchised auto dealers.
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