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Swedish company designs solar + wind EV charging station

The Giraffe 2.0 -- which harnesses wind and solar power to charge your electric vehicle.
The Giraffe 2.0 — which harnesses wind and solar power to charge your electric vehicle.

If solar-charging your EV isn’t clean or green enough for you, now you can add wind to the equation and simultaneously charge your electric car with sunshine and wind.

The Swedish firm InnoVentum has created the so-called Giraffe 2.0, a combined carport and charging station harvesting green energy from the wind and sun to power your e-vehicle.

The Giraffe 2.0 is made of renewable (wood) and recycled (metal) materials. The trees used for the structure have absorbed several tons 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, claims InnoVentum.

To give you flexibility, Innoventum combines the Giraffe 2.0 power station with whichever EV-charger you prefer, making it possible to charge your e-car in just a couple of hours.

If you do not have an e-car, or a plug-in hybrid, you can connect the Giraffe 2.0 directly to the utility grid and power your house or install an off-grid Giraffe 2.0 where grid is not available.

According to InnoVentum, on average, the Giraffe 2.0 produces enough energy for a 225 km e-drive per day. Annually, it produces enough energy for you to drive twice around the world.

InnoVentum touts what it calls “power density for space efficiency” and claims its design doubles the power production footprint compared to solutions of the same size that rely only on sun, or only on wind.

As InnoVentum puts it, “With the Giraffe 2.0 you make an important step into the future – where focus on renewable materials and energy sources puts a natural end to CO2 emissions from careless use of our Planet’s mineral resources and fossil fuels.”