Modular High Power ‘Designed for the Next Ten Years…’
The New EVSE System ‘Completes the Technology Offering
Required to Make Fully Electric Transit a Reality,’ Firm Says
ChargePoint has unveiled a high-power electric vehicle charger line dubbed “Express Plus,” stating that the modular system “charges up to eight times faster than today’s mainstream fast chargers” and is “designed for the next ten years in transportation technology.” The new EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment offering is key to making electric transportation a commercial reality the company claims.
Express Plus delivers up to 400 kilowatts of power per charge port, adding “hundreds of miles of range in under 15 minutes, charging today’s and tomorrow’s electric vehicles (EVs) at their peak rates,” ChargePoint says. “The modular, highly scalable platform is designed to meet the charging requirements of current and next-generation electric cars, buses and trucks.”
“Express Plus can charge today’s newest electric vehicles, such as the Chevy Bolt EV, at their maximum rate; is equipped to charge upcoming EVs such as the Tesla Model 3 and is ready to deliver maximum charging speed to EVs coming to market in the years to come,” ChargePoint adds, predicting that “ubiquitous charging networks that support both local and long-distance electric travel will transform how we get around.”
‘Ultra-Fast, Scalable and Incredibly Efficient’
“Express Plus is a platform built to support ChargePoint’s vision for the future of DC fast charging: ultra-fast, scalable and incredibly efficient charging that’s conveniently located where drivers need it for long trips,” ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano says in the Express Plus announcement.
“Express Plus charging centers can start small and grow as needed by adding charging capacity without further construction,” he said. “Together with our commercial and residential charging solutions, Express Plus completes the technology offering required to make fully electric transit a reality.”
ChargePoint Express Plus is said to be “necessary to create a network that enables the rapid refueling of EVs on long trips or to support the rigorous daily routines of electric buses and trucks.”
ChargePoint has also introduced Express 250, a stand-alone DC fast charging station capable of adding 90 miles of range in 30 minutes.
CEC Backs 70 New Locations
Separately, ChargePoint said last month that it’s applying California Energy Commission funding to set up 70 new DC fast charge locations along popular highway routes in the state.
All will offer both DC fast and Level 2 charging. Station installation is expected to start in 2017 and be completed in late 2018, ChargePoint says, with all locations ready to add charging capacity as EV adoption continues to grow in the state.
‘A Repeatable Funding Model for EV Charging’
Sixteen sites on Interstate-5 are currently in development and were funded for $3.74 million in early 2016, and the CEC funded an additional $9.27 million for the next 54 sites in December 2016.
“With these projects, the CEC is establishing a repeatable funding model for EV charging that will continue to bring EV charging to more areas and make driving electric easy for more people,” the company says.
The new locations “will make driving electric an easy choice for anyone in California and connect communities and areas that were previously hard for EVs to reach,” Romano said.
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