Photos: The tech behind electric vehicles

Solar-powered stations

Envision Solar has a Solar Tree structure that covers six parking spaces and generates enough electricity to power six electric vehicles every day. It supports many varieties of modules and an integrated management system. The Solar Tree Socket is similar, but made for just one parking space for more urban environments.

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Image: Envision Solar

By Lyndsey Gilpin

Lyndsey Gilpin is a former Staff Writer for TechRepublic, covering sustainability and entrepreneurship. She's co-author of the book Follow the Geeks.