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STRAHNET™ EV Pole

STRAHNET has developed a progressive, electric vehicle charging solution for landowners to incorporate EV charging into any land development where a pole may stand. Featuring a non proprietary charging head and cradle, the STRAHNET EV charging dock was designed to accommodate all makes and models of EV cars. STRAHNET’s experience in the steel utility pole industry allows for the retrofitting of existing poles in a manner neither accessible or economic for competitors or other developers of EV car charging. Our intuitive method of retrofitting an already existing structure greatly reduces the costs for landowners to become EV charging capable by eliminating the process of asphalt tear up and installing the necessary electrical conduit to the unit. EV charging is just one modular feature STRAHNET poles are capable of being equipped with to enhance the utility of already standing pole sites.

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STRAHNET™ EV Pole

STRAHNET has developed a progressive, electric vehicle charging solution for landowners to incorporate EV charging into any land development where a pole may stand. Featuring a non proprietary charging head and cradle, the STRAHNET EV charging dock was designed to accommodate all makes and models of EV cars. STRAHNET’s experience in the steel utility pole industry allows for the retrofitting of existing poles in a manner neither accessible or economic for competitors or other developers of EV car charging. Our intuitive method of retrofitting an already existing structure greatly reduces the costs for landowners to become EV charging capable by eliminating the process of asphalt tear up and installing the necessary electrical conduit to the unit. EV charging is just one modular feature STRAHNET poles are capable of being equipped with to enhance the utility of already standing pole sites.

      EVPOLES™ and ADPOLES™ systems and method embodiments are directed to the retrofitting of existing poles to provide additional functionality in the form of one or more electric vehicle charging stations, with optional advertising and/or Internet connectivity capabilities.

     As would no doubt be familiar to most, the last decade has seen a proliferation of electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, sales and use. The reasons are likely many, including but not limited to legislation, gasoline prices, increasing evidence of the negative effect of fossil fuel emissions on climate change, and advances in battery and other relevant technologies.

 

     As EV usage continues to increase, there will be a corresponding need to increase the number of locations at which EV power supplies can be recharged. While EVs may be somewhat easily recharged at a residential location – either through a standard 120V household outlet (i.e., Level 1 charging) or a specially installed 240V (Level 2) charging station – the limited range offered by most EV power supplies also mandates the existence of non-residential Level 2 and Level 3 (DC) charging stations if EVs are to serve as anything more than short-range, local transportation.

     According to the U.S. Department of Energy website, there are currently less than 20,000 publicly available EV charging stations in the United States. In comparison, even though their numbers have been declining for about the past two decades, there are still well in excess of 100,000 gasoline stations in the U.S. While the far greater number of gasoline powered vehicles on the roads means that the ratio of charging stations to EVs is likely greater than the ratio of gasoline stations to gasoline-powered cars, the lesser number of charging stations still means that EV drivers have far fewer choices in any given area and must frequently plan long trips based on the location of charging stations rather than on a desired route.

 

     There are a number of hindrances to increasing the number of EV charging stations. Logistics is, of course, important, as it is desirable to locate EV charging stations in areas that are convenient to many users and where it is not problematic for multiple vehicles to be parked during the charging process. Another hindrance is cost. EV charging stations are expensive to purchase and install. The cost is significant even when a charging station and its infrastructure can be installed at the time of new construction (e.g., in a parking deck or in a commercial or residential parking lot). The cost, and the difficulty, of installation is further exacerbated when it is desired to install an EV charging station without corresponding new construction (e.g., in an existing parking deck or in an existing commercial or residential parking lot).

     There has been some development in the area of retrofit EV charging stations. However, to the knowledge of the inventors, existing retrofit charging stations are essentially bolt-on units that are attached to existing light or other poles. Such a design is problematic for several reasons. First, government regulations normally mandate that poles must be designed relative to the geographic location of installation and for the climatic conditions that exist therein. Of particular but not sole concern in this regard is the vibratory effects that will be imparted to a given pole by the wind and other conditions present at its location. Changing and even constant wind conditions can produce dynamic vibration in a pole, and such vibrations can be detrimental to the pole and its ability to support any load attached thereto. The addition of any object – such as an EV charging station – to a pole will alter the frequency response of the pole and the way it reacts to wind and other loads. Consequently, simply bolting an EV charging station to an existing pole is inadvisable.

     Installed poles, such as light poles, utility poles, etc., also generally include a surrounding safety zone. The safety zone is designed to ensure, or at least minimize, the likelihood that a pedestrian or vehicle will impact the pole when passing by. The size of the safety zone may vary, but traditionally has been at least equal to the largest diameter (or projected diameter) of the buried anchor base to which the pole is attached. In any case, attaching any device to the side of an existing pole reduces the safety zone and may violate the ordinances or other relevant rules applicable to the location of installation. This may be especially true given the recent trend of expanding the safety zones associated with poles to provide a greater buffer between the poles and pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

     From the foregoing remarks, it should be understood that there is clearly a need for improved systems and methods by which EV charging stations may be more easily and cost effectively retrofitted to existing poles, and without the other deficiencies inherent to known systems and techniques. EVPOLES™ retrofit EV charging systems and methods of installation satisfy this need and may optionally offer additional novel and valuable features.

     EVPOLES™ embodiments of the general inventive concept include retrofit EV charging systems and methods of retrofit installation. According to these embodiments, an EV charging station may be added to an existing light pole or another pole having an electricity supply. EVPOLES™ EV charging system embodiments may utilize the current infrastructure of existing light pole or other electricity-supplied poles and their location settings.

      EVPOLES™ and ADPOLES™ systems and method embodiments are directed to the retrofitting of existing poles to provide additional functionality in the form of one or more electric vehicle charging stations, with optional advertising and/or Internet connectivity capabilities.

     As would no doubt be familiar to most, the last decade has seen a proliferation of electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, sales and use. The reasons are likely many, including but not limited to legislation, gasoline prices, increasing evidence of the negative effect of fossil fuel emissions on climate change, and advances in battery and other relevant technologies.

 

In addition to utilizing Internet connectivity for POS/POP purposes, EVPOLES™ system and method embodiments may offer pay for use Internet connectivity to EV charging customers and others within range of a given charging station. For example, when a person having a Wi-Fi equipped device such as a smart phone, tablet, laptop computer, etc., enters an area of Wi-Fi connectivity surrounding an EVPOLES™ EV charging station, the Wi-Fi enabled device may display a message that identifies the Wi-Fi network and offers secure Internet access based on some presented terms. Such a message/offer may also be presented by a display of the EV charging station at some point during an interaction of an EV charging customer and the system. As in the case of paying for EV charging at the EV charging station, payments for Internet access may be transacted in a similar manner.

    It is envisioned that a plurality of EVPOLES™ systems may be located in proximity to one another. For example, a number of EVPOLES™ EV charging systems may be located in the parking lot of a commercial establishment (store). In such a case, the systems may engage in pole-to-pole communications. Furthermore, individual systems may be equipped with extenders to provide a larger area of Internet connectivity and intercommunication or may be equipped with appropriate Wi-Fi communication hardware (e.g., routers) to form a mesh network.

     Internet connectivity by the pole to pole network pole communications may also be facilitated through, or supplemented through, cellular communication techniques such as by equipping a given retrofit EV charging system or a collection of systems with appropriate cellular transceivers and/or other hardware/software that enables the desired communications. It is further realized that when enough EVPOLES™ retrofit EV charging systems within a given geographic area are equipped with appropriate cellular transceivers, repeaters, etc., the so-equipped EV charging systems may form a cellular network or expand an existing cellular network. Such a network may offer the possibility of generating additional revenue by leasing bandwidth on the networked systems to a mobile communications provider.

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