ClipperCreek And Itron Introduce CS-40-SG2, A Not Dumb Charging Station

MAY 26 2014 BY MARK KANE 4

ClipperCreek as a supplier of electric vehicle charging infrastructure for over 16 years reach millions of electric vehicle charge sessions

It seems nobody wants to charge a Tesla Model S from a dumb station anymore.

ClipperCreek announced the launch of a new charging product, CS-40-SG2, which is designed for smart grid applications.

This charging station was developed in partnership with Itron, which was responsible for an embedded revenue grade sub-meter and a variety of smart grid communications options.

“The CS-40-SG2 is a game changer in the charging station sub-metering industry. This first of a kind charging station includes an embedded revenue grade sub-meter and a variety of smart grid communications options. Built on the trusted ClipperCreek CS-Series charging platform and Itron’s proven utility meter and powerful communications technology, this solution will extend a utility’s energy management intelligence directly to the charging station through multiple wireless communication interfaces.”

Starting this month, first units of CS-40-SG2 will be installed in pilot projects and utilities will get to control electric vehicle charging directly through their smart grid.

Jason France, ClipperCreek’s President stated:

“As electric vehicle charging increases power use across the country, utilities will need a solution that allows them to monitor and control the timing without inconveniencing the customer. The CS-40-SG2 enables critical functions needed to directly regulate electric vehicle charging cost effectively.”

Prices remain unknown, but here is key features list.

Key Features of the Itron enabled CS-40-SG2:

1. ZigBee Smart Energy Protocol 1.1 Demand Response/Load Control capabilities.

2. Itron revenue-grade embedded sub-meter for precise power measurement.

3. Meter data recording, including interval data, registers, and tampers.

4. Wi-Fi local access communications provides charging status, metering data, and Utility DR program information to nearby browser-enabled mobile devices.

5. Wi-Fi or Cellular as WAN communications for backhauling charging station and metering data including ESPI Green Button data

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4 Comments on "ClipperCreek And Itron Introduce CS-40-SG2, A Not Dumb Charging Station"

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Are these wireless chargers hardened against hackers?

Those smart charging options are great. But Clipper should spend a few bucks and try to make it at least a little aesthetically pleasing. I don’t give a crap but I know a lot of people would not be so interested in installing a bunch of klunky gray industrial boxes.

BTW, Wi-Fi is pretty clever. Let people communicate via smart phone. Wifi chips are cheap and no display to attract vandals.

Before smart charging and vehicle to grid takes off, it would be great to see one accepted communication standard. Here they use ZigBee, but there are other standards like z-wave out there as well. Multiple smart standards on top of multiple charging standards will end up delaying introduction as installers wait to see which one takes the lead. Isn’t this one of the excuses for not expanding the level 3 infrastructure right now?

A residental z-wave EVSE would get my money.