US-based electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions provider Beam Global has partnered with the City of San Diego in the US to deploy free solar-powered EV charging infrastructure across the city.

The partnership is said to be the first-of-its-kind for both companies and will be deploying the patented EV ARC 2020 charging stations in both city-owned and business locations through a public-private partnership with a corporate sponsor.

Beam Global noted that the sponsor will receive global naming rights to the network and will pay for the renewable energy-powered EV charging.

The EV charging stations will be free for the general public to use.

Partnership with San Diego is said to be in line with Beam Global’s plan to establish an EV charging infrastructure network in municipalities across the US, as well as other countries overseas.

Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley said: “The City of San Diego is the ideal choice to launch this unique city-wide EV charging infrastructure initiative and become the first city in the world where it is possible to drive on sunshine, guilt-free, emissions-free and the best free of all – free, free.

“Because our products are deployed without construction or a utility bill, we are uniquely able to provide this type of sponsored EV charging network at scale and with unrivalled speed.

“The sponsors we seek will be enabling the first city-wide driving on sunshine experience in the world and will get the name recognition and carbon and greenhouse gas emissions offsets associated with the networks.”

The EV solutions provider further explained that its products enable municipalities and states to build zero-emissions infrastructure.

In addition, the partnership will support San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035 and address issues of climate equity.