Warren, Michigan – General Motors is introducing a solar charging canopy that moves with the sun. Called the Tracking Solar Tree, the device is located at the company’s Vehicle Operations centre in Michigan.
“We are constantly looking for places where we can add a renewable focus,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy. “This solar tree is an ideal addition because not only does it provide a space to charge our electric vehicles, but it’s another step in our journey toward cleaner energy use.”
Built in the U.S. by Envision Solar, the Tracking Solar Tree features a hybrid multi-axis tracking design which enables the entire canopy to track the sun, increasing energy production by about 25 per cent. The tree can produce up to 30,000 kilowatt hours a year and provide enough solar energy to charge six electric vehicles per day.