Swedish company commercialises hybrid charging station

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 28 Oct 2017

While the buzz around electric vehicles is growing stronger by the day, switching towards cleaner mobility cannot be a viable solution without investing in cleaner energy production. Sweden-based clean energy solution company InnoVentum is focussing on just that – developing sustainable energy solutions like Giraffe 2.0.

The Giraffe 2.0 by InnoVentum is a combined carport and charging station that harvests green energy from the wind and sun to power your EV. It is made of renewable (wood) and recycled (metal) materials ensuring the green power stations are as eco-friendly as possible.

According to the company, the trees that are used for the structure have absorbed several tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere before their wood takes the unique shape of a Giraffe – all this carbon dioxide is preserved within the structure for decades, making a positive contribution to the climate.

To give consumers flexibility, it combines the power station with the EV charger required, making it possible to charge a car in a couple of hours. It can also be connected directly to the utility grid and power one’s house or install an off-grid Giraffe 2.0 where grid-distribution is not available making it a attractive future-ready investment. The installation generations can charge the EV for running more than 225km per day – and in a year it produces enough energy for a car to be driven twice around the world.

According to the company, the hybrid energy station, offers two advantages – continuity of power production: complementary wind and solar technologies provide energy day and night, summer and winter and power density for space efficiency: the power production per square meter of footprint is doubled compared to solutions of the same size relying only on sun, or only on wind.

Additionally, the usage of wood further ensures silent operation thanks to the fibres in the timber structure absorbing vibrations and noise. The Giraffe 2.0 solution retails for 55,000 euro (Rs 42 lakh) and can be installed anywhere in the world.

Technical Specifications

 Parking space

 Two cars

 Annual energy output
 (at 6 m/s wind)

 13,850 kWh

 EV mileage per year

 45,000km x 2 cars


 24.6 m2

 (width x length x height)

 4.1m x 6.0m x 12.0m

 Energy Density
 (kWh / m2 footprint)

 560 kWh / m2

 Charging options




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