Sustainability is the new buzzword in the automotive industry and there is growing emphasis on emission norms and cleaner mobility. The Swedish company InnoVentum has come up with a charging solution for electric cars that packs a double whammy – the Giraffe 2.0.
InnoVentum developed the Giraffe 2.0 as a combined carport and charging station that is made of wood and recycled metal materials. The wood is renewable and as the metal is recycled, this is definitely one “green” carporch that harvests green energy from the wind and sun and converts it into electrical energy to power electrical vehicles. The Giraffe 2.0 due to the recycled and renewable nature of its components is as eco-friendly as possible.
Company sources said that the trees from which the wood will be sourced will have already absorbed several tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and this carbon dioxide is preserved within the structure for decades, thus contributing positively to the environment.
Consumers get added flexibility as the Giraffe 2.0 combines the power station with the EV charger required, and it is possible to charge a car in just a couple of hours. The structure can also be connected directly to the utility grid and can be used to power one’s house or install an off-grid Giraffe 2.0 where grid-distribution is not available. Such an installation system can be used to charge the EV for running more than 225km per day. In one year, the Giraffe 2.0 can produce enough energy car to be driven twice around the world.
According to InnoVentum, the hybrid energy station, offers the benefit of continuity of power production with complementary wind and solar technologies which can produce energy both during the day and night. The power production per square meter of footprint is doubled when compared to solutions of the same scale which depend solely on either the sun or wind energy.
Another benefit is that using wood ensures silent operation as the fibers in the wooden structure absorb vibrations and noise.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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