The world first solar-powered laundry van will support people experiencing homelessness

Australian not-for-profit Orange Sky, supported by Australian electronics manufacturer, REDARC and global visual communications platform, Canva, have launched a solar-powered laundry van to support people experiencing homelessness in Australian remote communities.
Orange Sky provides access to free laundry services, warm showers and genuine, non-judgmental conversation and connection to community members doing it tough, across Australia and New Zealand via bright orange mobile vans.
The organisation strives to think outside the box to create smarter and more efficient ways to drive greater impact, with its most recent innovation, the RV3.0 vehicle, doing just that.
The Orange Sky innovation team undertook the preliminary ideation, developing the schematic of the vehicle using Canva, with the global visual communications platform integral to rapidly iterating concepts during early stages of design.
The RV3.0 vehicle is powered by four 180-watt REDARC solar panels, 600-amp hours in lithium batteries and a battery management and charging system to effectively capture, store and use the renewable energy harnessed, giving the vehicle the ability to produce more power than it uses, reducing electrical consumption by up to 80 percent per shift.
REDRAC has signed on to support Orange Sky as a National Power Partner for the next three years.

REDARC Electronics Managing Director, Anthony Kittel, says REDRAC believes in the Orange Sky mission to ‘positively connect communities’ – a mission that strongly resonates with REDARC’s values.
“We are delighted to partner with Orange Sky to support their remote community expansion plans. REDARC’s mobile power tech provides a more reliable and sustainable mechanism for Orange Sky to deliver their critical mission,” Anthony said.
As part of its mission to support the nation’s most vulnerable communities, Orange Sky, in partnership with REDARC and Canva, will be introducing a total of eight RV3.0 laundry vehicles to their fleet, and fitting out three of their current laundry vehicles with the REDARC gear, with all 11 RV3.0 vehicles set to service remote communities.

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