Efacec Becomes First Company to Receive ETL Certfication for SAE Combo Charger

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 14

Efacec Dual Connector Charger

Efacec Dual Connector Charger

Efacec claims to have just become the first “company to receive ETL certification for the latest SAE Combo fast charging standard, which will power American and European vehicles.”

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Jorge Guerra, Efacec’s Chief Operating Officer for North America, expand upon that statement a bit by saying:

“Efacec is now the first DC Fast Charger manufacturer to obtain ETL certification for the SAE Combo DC Fast Charge standard. Our new combo fast charger can now serve both systems.”

Essentially, this means that Efacec units will be able to charge all of the plug-in vehicles in the US capable of DC fast charging.  This is important, as it ensures that, no matter what plug-in your driving (provided it’s fast-charge capable), you’ll be able to fast charge it at an Efacec station.  As  Mike Anderson, Efacec’s EV Chargers Sales Manager, states:

“People don’t want to worry about being away from home and running out of juice. To be first with dual connector capability is a victory worth celebrating.”

Some basic specs of Efacec fast chargers are found below:

  • Supports up to 62.5 KW (500 VDC @ 125 A)
  • CHAdeMO certification standard
  • ETL (similar to UL) certification standard
  • Stand-alone or network integrated chargers

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14 responses to "Efacec Becomes First Company to Receive ETL Certfication for SAE Combo Charger"

  1. scottf200 says:

    Isn’t 62.5 kW pretty high/good? I thought most DCFC were 50 kW or less.
    In any event wherever there is chademo they could put a dual charging station since the hard part is done (that much juice to that box).
    Re: ETL (similar to UL) certification standard
    UL still required to setup in the USA or at least some states?
    Descriptions: http://www.crownaudio.com/certifmarks.htm

    1. No, 62.5kW is normal (125 amps max * 500 volts).

      The 50kW number that you’re thinking of (actually about 47.2kW) is what the LEAF pulls (120 amps * 394 volts).

      1. scottf200 says:

        Thanks for reminding me. This was a good summary article I now recall. http://insideevs.com/dc-quick-charging-battle-just-beginning-chademo-vs-sae-combo-vs-tesla-supercharger/

    2. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      Tesla’s new Superchargers are 120kW..

  2. Eric, this unit can’t charge “all the plug-ins capable of DC charging in the USA” since Tesla uses neither standard.

    1. scottf200 says:

      As you know, Tesla may have adapters for both within a year or so it seems from all the threads. Maybe they draw the 62.5kW.

      1. Huffster says:

        Really wonder what Tesla will choose as a charging port for thier mainstream Gen3 vehicle. I guess they have a little time to see how the market goes. Will it be Tesla proprietary only with adapters or dual ported? Hmmm, I guess time will tell.

        1. JakeY says:

          At the rate things are going, the same port as the Model S and Model X. Doesn’t make sense to switch to a different port or to go dual ported at this point.

          Then adapter for J1772 AC (and likely DC given the similarities). Not sure if they will release a CHAdeMO adapter in the US. It’ll depend on how many of these dual standard DC chargers get installed. If there’s a decent amount, then they don’t need to release the CHAdeMO adapter.

  3. Eric Loveday says:

    Right. Tesla is the outkast. Though Tesla refers to it as Supercharging…not fast charging. I should have been more clear with the wording. Thanks Tony.

    1. Jay Cole says:


      /had to be done

    2. Whatever it’s called, it’s still DC fast / quick charging 😉

  4. Bloggin says:

    ChargePoint, partly owned by BMW should be the next global EV charging company to announce their Combo Charger for US and Europe as the phase out of the Japanese standard continues.

    But it does seem logical for automakers to add faster onboard chargers(from 6.6kWh to 10kWh or 22kWh at 220v) in the interim while battery range is increasing and combo charging infrastructure is building out.

    As Tesla stated, automakers have the option to pay for their vehicles to have combo charging access at the Tesla SuperCharger Stations along the interstates. But this won’t happen until about MY2016/17 when other auto manufacturers offer next gen 200+EV mile vehicles.

    1. >>>> the phase out of the Japanese standard continues <<<<

      Funny stuff!! At least you believe it.

      1. Brian says:

        And believe it he does. Bloggin often leaves unsubstantiated claims of Nissan’s plans to abandon CHAdeMO in their second generation Leaf. Which makes perfect sense given Nissan’s continued rollout of CHAdeMO chargers…