ChargePoint Unveils New Express Station

JUN 24 2015 BY MARK KANE 23

ChargePoint Express 100

ChargePoint Express 100

ChargePoint announced introduction of a low-cost Express 100 DC semi-fast charger. 100 because “up to 100 miles of Range Per Hour (RPH)“.

These aren’t completely new chargers, as they were introduced almost a year ago by Bosch for BMW for just $6,458, provided you partner with BMW (read: dealer).

Those chargers are used in the BMW, Volkswagen fast charging rollout project in the US.

ChargePoint Express 100 is available only with SAE J1772 combo plug (no CHAdeMO even as an option) and the power is around 24 kW. If someone needs more power, ChargePoint offers 50 kW Express 200, which has a CHAdeMO plug.

ChargePoint said that there are already 144 Express locations in the network.

Price of the Express 100 wasn’t disclosed.

“The newest station, Express 100 , a 24kW output station, provides drivers a quick place to recharge and offers an affordable and compact DC fast charger for businesses including retail locations, restaurants and convenience stores.”

“Express chargers give drivers the ability to recharge in just 20-30 minutes and are crucial for both long distance travel and quick recharging around town. There are already 144 Express locations on the ChargePoint network.”

“With its compact design and state-of-the-art power conversion electronics, the Express 100 is one of the lowest cost DC fast chargers available. The station is designed to isolate critical electronic components from the outside environment, increasing reliability and performance, and with remote diagnostic capabilities, the ChargePoint Support team instantly detect problems thereby reducing down time.

Drivers can find charging stations and see their availability in real-time at ChargePoint.com or with the free ChargePoint mobile app. To start a charging session, drivers simply tap their ChargePoint card in front of the station, use the ChargePoint mobile app or call the 1-888 number printed on the ChargePoint station.”

Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint’s CEO said:

“With Express charging, drivers can run errands, shop or stop for a cup of coffee while they quickly top off their battery to extend their car’s range. ChargePoint Express is giving drivers range confidence so they can depend on an EV as their only vehicle.”

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This was discussed yesterday in the i3 group and I learned that the unit is not manufactured by Bosch but by a french company called IES.

Tim E

I would prefer to see 2 or more of these anyway at a charging location than 1 of the existing DCFC units that we typically see – would feel much more confident having a second unit knowing that there would likely be one available.

Single DCFC locations tend to leave me worried – either the unit will be in use when I arrive leaving me waiting, or a unit may be broken leaving me to either use L2 or hope another unit is available nearby.

I can handle a little extra charging time for the redundancy. Now- 200 mile BEVs would make these feel awfully slow though!

Kevin

+1

Dave R

+2. Multiple QCs per location are a necessity if it’s to be counted on. At the very least, also include a couple inexpensive L2 stations for backup.

These really should have CHAdeMO plugs, too, otherwise they are missing out on the largest DCQC customer base out on the road right now.

bro1999

Eh, for something like the Bolt EV, it would probably take at least 2 hours to get an 80% charge from these “express” stations. Not ideal if you are planning long distance travel. I was hoping they would install at least 50 kW CCS-compatible stations.

Jelloslug

I have used those stations before on my i3. 10 to 80% takes about 45 minutes.

Brian

The Bolt will have a bigger battery than the i3 if it’s really going to get 2.5x the range. BTW, 2.5x your 45 minutes is 112.5 minutes, or just about two hours. Back-of-the-envelope math suggests that bro1999 is right.

Brian

True, but if you were to take a trip that’s just a little bit longer than 200 miles? I frequently travel trips that range 250 – 300 miles one-way. Assuming I started with a full charge (and why wouldn’t I?), that’s only 1/2 hour to an hour of charging on my trip. I stop for at least an hour anyway for a meal and to let the kids get some energy out. If these things were in the right places, they’d be just fine with me.

Chargepoint has a 50kW unit (Express 200), but IMO thats still not enough for 200 mile EVs. CCS (Combo) has a max charge of 90kW, and I think that for the first generation of 200 mile EVs that have battery packs between 50-60kWh, you’ll want 75-90kW to recharge up to 80% in 30-40 minutes.

David Murray

yeah, these would be useful around town, no doubt. But I don’t think they’d be good along the interstates where people are travelling.

vdiv

If you have to consider the time and inconvenience of waiting in live to plugin into a single 50kW station (which may also be out of service) then having two 24kW stations instead for the same price will definitely save you both.

John C

Most Chademos I’ve used are 25 kW limit in practice anyway. And my state (PA) has decided to put L2s at all turnpike rest areas. Ugh.

This is an advance, at least for combo

MDEV

And how much is per Kw/h, Chargepoint fee in my apartment complex is $0.48 cents per Kw/k 300% more than the price per Kw/h in Washington DC. Good look with those chargers I gues $0.75 Kw/h. Way cheaper to buy ICE.

Brian

Not so fast. Let’s say I drive 300 miles. I leave home with a full charge (say 60kWh at $0.12/kWh). I stop for an hour to charge along the way, getting 24kWh at $0.75/kWh.

60*.12 + 24*.75 = $25.2

If I take my hybrid (Honda Insight – which obviously is much cheaper to fuel than most ICEs), I would burn ~7 gallons of gas at about $2.75/ gallon.

7*2.75 = $19.25

Way cheaper? hardly. Especially when you consider that this is only an occasional trip, whereas the rest of the time you are charging at $0.12/kWh.

And what if you got a more typical 25MPG? You would burn 12 gallons of gas:

12*2.75 = $33

So that 25MPG car is still more expensive to fuel for this trip, even with $0.75/kWh on the road.

Ted P

@MDEV, my understanding is that each station owner sets the price, not ChargePoint. That said, I am sure that ChargePoint recommends a rate to station owners.

Djoni

Haven’t heard of the ability of the J1772 to directly feed DC, although there was discussion and testing for it.

bro1999

The first combo chademo / CCS station in MD opened up recently. Pricing is 39 cents / kWh

Brian

Wow, what a steal! L2 chargers run $0.49/kWh in Syracuse.

Ocean Railroader

This would be a great type of charger to put outside of a Show Cave like Luray caverns or a movie theater.

What would be good is that when you are at Luray Caverns you are walking around the show cave and the attractions around it for two to three hours. If you have a power hungry Tesla or 120 mile range leaf this would be the prefect set up.

But I think these attractions would have to have eight or nine of them to make it worth while.

Scramjett

I really wish companies and gov agencies would be better planners and build infrastructure for what is coming rather than only what is currently available. We have a number of potential 200+ mile EVs coming to market and these 24 kW chargers just ain’t gonna cut it!

These guys need to start thinking along the lines of the Tesla Supercharger and stop thinking along the lines of fast charging an 80 mile BEV!

Scramjett

Yes, I did see the 50 kW chargers and no I don’t think they’ll cut it either.

Lensman

“These guys need to start thinking along the lines of the Tesla Supercharger and stop thinking along the lines of fast charging an 80 mile BEV!”

Indeed. Two hours to recharge a BEV isn’t going to cut it with customers. That’s just one of the reasons why no matter how much sooner the Bolt gets to market before the Tesla Model ≡, it’s not going to have much impact on Model ≡ sales.

Ziv

24 kW charge rates are ok but if you want BEV’s to be full utility vehicles you need to have a network of 40+ kW charge rate chargers in place.

75 kW charge rate would be even better because it would give most electric cars enough juice in 30 minutes to drive for around 2 hours at 70 mph.