ChargePoint Launches Small DC Quick-Charging Station For Electric Cars


ChargePoint Express 100 DC fast-charging station

ChargePoint Express 100 DC fast-charging station

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ChargePoint hopes to increase the availability of public DC fast charging for electric cars by offering a smaller charging station.

The charging network's new Express 100 station is aimed at businesses that may want to offer fast charging to customers.

That includes retail stores, restaurants, and other places where drivers might be inclined to hang out while their cars charge.

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The 24-kilowatt Express 100 station is similar to the compact fast-charging stations BMW developed to support its plug-in cars.

Like the BMW station, the ChargePoint unit uses the Combined Charging Standard (CCS)--also known as SAE Combo--employed by the majority of U.S. and German carmakers.

"Currently this station comes with an SAE Combo connector, but we have plans to launch it with CHAdeMO later this year," ChargePoint communications director Erin Mellon told Green Car Reports.

ChargePoint Express 100 DC fast-charging station

ChargePoint Express 100 DC fast-charging station

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That will allow drivers of the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and Kia Soul EV to use these stations as well.

The Tesla Model S uses Tesla's own Supercharger standard, but an adapter is available to allow drivers to plug into CHAdeMO stations.

ChargePoint says the Express 100 will be one of the lowest-cost of its type available, although it would not discuss pricing specifics.

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The debut of the Express 100 follows the launch of the Express 200, a 50-kW station introduced earlier this year.

ChargePoint claims there are already 144 Express DC fast-charging locations on its networks.

The company is currently working with BMW and Volkswagen to install more CCS stations in heavily-traveled parts of the U.S.

MORE: BMW, VW, And ChargePoint To Build 100 CCS Fast-Charging Sites For Electric Cars

At the 2015 Washington Auto Show back in January, the three companies announced plans to build 100 CCS sites, concentrated in two major corridors.

One will run from Boston to Washington, D.C., along Interstate 95, the other will run down the West Coast to connect Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

The sites will be placed no more than 50 miles apart, and will also include 240-volt AC Level 2 charging--which can be used by every electric car currently sold in the U.S.

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