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EVgo-PSE&G Station Is Network’s 950th

July 21, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Twin 50-Kilowatt BCT Units on the New Jersey Turnpike

EVgo, which says it has the nation’s largest network of public electric vehicle fast-charge stations has opened its 950th, in league with and Public Service Electric and Gas, at the New Jersey Turnpike’s Molly Pitcher Service Area in Cranbury.

ChargePoint Taps Australia’s Tritium

March 27, 2015 in Companies, EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firms Join Forces for Networked DC Fast-Charging in the U.S.

California-based ChargePoint and Melbourne, Australia-based Tritium have disclosed a partnership whereby Tritium will supply its Veefil brand DC fast chargers for networked electric vehicle charging installations across the U.S.

It’s the first U.S. contract for Tritium, states a release.

ChargePoint is to install ‘Veefil’ DC fast chargers from Australia’s Tritium in the U.S.

ChargePoint is to install ‘Veefil’ DC fast chargers from Australia’s Tritium in the U.S.

The liquid-cooled Tritium fast-charge units have a power output of 50 kilowatts, sufficient to provide up to 80 miles or 128 kilometers worth of electricity in just 20 minutes via SAE-Combo connector or CHAdeMO connectors. Tesla drivers will be able to use the CHAdeMO connector with an adapter slated to go on sale shortly, the companies say.

“ChargePoint approached us because it was attracted by both the design and unique technology of the Veefil, plus the fact that it is extremely simple for the EV owner to use,” Tritium CEO David Finn says in the collaboration announcement.

Quick Deployment

“We were looking for a strong partner in the U.S. which had excellent distribution and an established network throughout the country,” he said. “I’m excited by the rate and high volume at which ChargePoint will be able to deploy our product into this market and its commitment to establishing a major network of DC fast chargers.”

The Tritium units will be installed on major routes across the country and will be part of a ChargePoint network of more than 21,000 EV charging stations, ChargePoint says, noting that it recently partnered with Volkswagen and BMW to build express charging corridors on both the east and west coasts of the U.S. (F&F, January 23).

TritiumVeefil-logo“The stations will be ChargePoint-branded, clearly marked as DC Fast stations, and the connectors will be labeled so drivers know which is compatible with their car,” ChargePoint says.

‘Drivers Can Depend on An EV as Their Only Vehicle’

“These stations can be used by any EV equipped with fast charging and will be installed in convenient locations where drivers need them most,” said ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano. “With access to fast charging stations along major routes, drivers can depend on an EV as their only vehicle.”

Exclusive liquid cooling allows “robust charging over a wide range of environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity and corrosive conditions – increasing reliability and reducing maintenance,” says the ChargePoint-Tritium release.

The Veefil charger is further said to have the smallest footprint and lowest weight of all 50-kilowatt DC fast chargers, increasing location options and reducing shipping and installation costs. The unit weighs just 364 pounds (165 kilograms) and boasts polycarbonate-and-aluminum construction.

Paul Sernia is Tritium commercial director.

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Source: Tritium via ChargePoint with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

ChargePoint for EV Fast-Charge Corridors

January 23, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Partnership with BMW and Volkswagen for Nearly 100 Units
Enabling ‘Express Charging Corridors on the East and West Coasts’

BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint unveiled plans at the Washington Auto Show to install nearly 100 DC fast chargers enabling express charging corridors for electric vehicles on the East and West Coasts.

SAE J1772 ‘Combo’ Charger Is Released

October 16, 2012 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Developed in a Consensus Environment by More than 190 Experts’

SAE International has released its expected technical standard for fast-charging of electric vehicles, augmenting the existing J1772 standard for AC charging with a protocol for high-voltage DC equipment that can reduce charging time to as little as 20 minutes.

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