ClipperCreek HCS-40 Gets eMotorWerks’ Wi-Fi, Connected Functionality – Undercuts ChargePoint Home Price By $100

OCT 7 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 21

ClliperCreek HCS-40 With JuiceBox Controls

ClipperCreek HCS-40 With JuiceBox Controls – Prototype – Image Credit George Betak/InsideEVs

“The HCS-40 JuiceNet Edition is available immediately for pre-order from eMotorWerks’ website and will start shipping in October of 2015.”

What’s the HCS-40 JuiceNet Edition, you ask?  Well, it combines ClipperCreek’s highly popular HCS-40 EVSE with eMotorWerks’ JuiceBox controls.

More specifically, eMotorWerks fits the HCS-40 with its JuiceNet controls, which add “adds real-time control, monitoring, and automated smart-grid optimization,’ as well as Wi-Fi functionality, to “select ClipperCreek charging stations.”

Essentially, the HCS-40 JuiceNet Edition becomes a direct competitor to ChargePoint Home.

Availability?  The HCS-40 JuiceNet Edition is “available immediately for pre-order from eMotorWerks’ website and will start shipping in October of 2015.” Beta units are being tested right now.

So, what’s the price?

In a effort to make the HCS-40 JuiceNet Edition as competitive as possible, pricing undercuts ChargePoint Home units by a substantial amount. The HCS-40 JuiceNet is priced at $649 for both the plug-in hardwired versions, which means that it’s up to $100 less than a comparable ChargePoint Home system.

The standard ClipperCreek HCS-40 (without JuiceNet functionality) is a 32-amp unit that’s priced from $565 with a 25-foot cord as standard.

A 32-amp ChargePoint Home with a 25-foot cord costs $699 to $749 (hardwire version is $699, plug-in version is $749).  So, the ClipperCreek HCS-40 JuiceNet plug-in version at $649 is a full $100 less than the comparable ChargePoint Home unit.

To place your pre-order, click here to be redirected to eMotorWerks’ website.

As for retrofits for current owners of ClipperCreek HCS-40 EVSEs (or possibly even other ClipperCreek units) we’re told that, while technically possible, timing and pricing have not yet been set.

Info on ordering the HCS-40 JuiceNet can be obtained by calling eMotorWerks direct at this number (844) 584-2329. Phone lines are open from 10 AM to 7 PM Pacific Time 1 PM to 10 PM Eastern Time).

Specs:

HCS-40 JuiceNet

HCS-40 JuiceNet

What’s included with your purchase:

HCS-40 JuiceNet

HCS-40 JuiceNet

eMotorWerks founder, Valery Miftakhov, states:

“We are very excited to integrate our groundbreaking platform into the product line of ClipperCreek, one of the most recognized and established brands in our industry. Bringing advanced smart grid capabilities to their flagship product line further validates our vision for JuiceNet as a universal platform for managing large, shiftable loads. eMotorWerks will deliver a top-notch consumer experience, while helping utilities and grid operators save money and make our electric grids more reliable and resilient.”

Jason France, president and founder of ClipperCreek, commented:

“ClipperCreek’s mission is to develop and promote electric vehicle acceptance by bringing superior value to the market. We are pleased to have been selected by eMotorWerks for connection to their JuiceNet platform. The HCS product line as offered by eMotorWerks with JuiceNet capabilities should broaden consumer choice for feature-rich charging stations that are consumer-friendly, cost-effective, environmentally responsible, and reliable.”

Full press release below:

eMotorWerks Smart Grid Electric Vehicle Charging Platform Now Available for ClipperCreek Charging Stations

eMotorWerks adds real-time control, monitoring, and automated smart-grid optimization to select ClipperCreek charging stations

SAN CARLOS, Calif., October 1, 2015 — eMotorWerks has chosen ClipperCreek’s popular, durable, and NRTL listed HCS product line to integrate with its innovative JuiceNet™ platform for Smart-Grid EV Charging. eMotorWerks is a leading provider of intelligent and connected smart-grid charging solutions for electric vehicles (EV) and ClipperCreek is a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential EV charging stations in North America.

ClipperCreek HCS-40 With JuiceBox Controls

ClipperCreek HCS-40 With JuiceBox Controls – Prototype – Image Credit George Betak/InsideEVs

eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet turns traditional EV charging stations (EVSEs) into connected, smart-grid EV charging appliances which are controlled via a cloud-based, self-learning software platform. Initially, eMotorWerks will integrate JuiceNet capabilities into the flagship ClipperCreek products HCS-40 and HCS-40P. JuiceNet communication, revenue-grade telemetry, and control hardware, combined with a cloud software layer and smartphone / web front-ends, will provide greater control and convenience to customers. JuiceNet-enabled HCS stations will allow anytime-anyplace control via a mobile app, fast charging, and reductions in both greenhouse gas emissions and electricity costs based on user-defined charging preferences. The HCS-40 JuiceNet Edition is available immediately for pre-order from eMotorWerks’ website and will start shipping in October of 2015.

Jason France, president and founder of ClipperCreek, said: “ClipperCreek’s mission is to develop and promote electric vehicle acceptance by bringing superior value to the market. We are pleased to have been selected by eMotorWerks for connection to their JuiceNet platform. The HCS product line as offered by eMotorWerks with JuiceNet capabilities should broaden consumer choice for feature-rich charging stations that are consumer-friendly, cost-effective, environmentally responsible, and reliable.”

eMotorWerks founder Valery Miftakhov states, “We are very excited to integrate our groundbreaking platform into the product line of ClipperCreek, one of the most recognized and established brands in our industry. Bringing advanced smart grid capabilities to their flagship product line further validates our vision for JuiceNet as a universal platform for managing large, shiftable loads. eMotorWerks will deliver a top-notch consumer experience, while helping utilities and grid operators save money and make our electric grids more reliable and resilient.”This landmark announcement further expands the aggregated EV charging load managed under the JuiceNet platform. Adding to the existing network of over 5,000 JuiceBoxTM stations, this new expansion is an important step for the power industry, which faces increasing challenges in balancing local and regional grid loads and generation assets. JuiceNet-managed Distributed Energy Resources (DER) not only help future-proof our grids for growing intermittent renewable generation and the inevitable mass adoption of electric vehicles, but also do so without requiring utilities and power operators to invest in new grid operations, storage, or demand response infrastructure.

About eMotorWerks
eMotorWerks is revolutionizing the EV charging market with its JuiceNet-enabled smart grid EV charging solutions. JuiceNet maximizes charging efficiency & speed while providing EV owners intuitive control and visibility. JuiceNet is also fully smart grid enabled. By shifting when and how much electricity JuiceNet-enabled stations draw from the grid, eMotorWerks helps utilities and grid operators reduce electricity costs, ease grid congestion, absorb excess solar and wind power, and provide rapid response to unforeseen grid events. For more information on eMotorWerks, visit www.emotorwerks.com.

About ClipperCreek
Founded in 2006 by Jason France, ClipperCreek is a worldwide leader in Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). The company offers a wide range of products designed to be the safest, most innovative, and grid-ready EV charging stations on the market. ClipperCreek advances the plug-in vehicle market and broadens the acceptance of the most exciting vehicle revolution in a century. The industry pioneers at ClipperCreek build more than 20 years of real world EV charging expertise into every EVSE they manufacture.

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21 Comments on "ClipperCreek HCS-40 Gets eMotorWerks’ Wi-Fi, Connected Functionality – Undercuts ChargePoint Home Price By $100"

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I was wondering how long it was going to be before Clipper Creek came out with a connected device.

+1

Long overdue, glad they have this feature now. Their chargers have been rock solid and reliable, and now connected as well.

Their next step should be to add a card reader option, so folks who want to install a public chargers no longer have to pay $7000 ransom to ChargePoint.

That’s all well and good, but what I want is a LESS EXPENSIVE basic EVSE, not more bells and whistles. My car already has all the connectivity and automation I need.

ClipperCreek already offers several cheap, basic models: http://www.clippercreek.com/store/product/charging-station-lcs-20-level-2/

So buy one of the ones that Clipper Creek already sells.

Thank you, Eric! John, yes, ClipperCreek already has a pretty wide selection of charging stations to pick from. We are adding the convenience of networked features and unlocking the potential of grid service revenues at the same time. This revenue stream could can be used to offset the purchase price of the EVSE. Either upfront or over time. That means that you could have both the bells and whistles and a lower price point. This is similar to what BMW has been piloting recently:

http://insideevs.com/bmw-i3-owners-get-1000-delay-charging/

Excellent – now, If they could have a single unit brains with two cables…. at less cost that two separate units. We are now seeing EVSE evolution in motion. Thanks ClipperCreek!

While it’s not a commercial thing, the OpenEVSE project (google it) has a guy who developed a ‘hydra’ adapter to do exactly that, so it can use one outlet, two cables, and swap between cars. Pretty cool.

I’m happy to see another smart charger on the market. I hope these things are programmable so they could work with utilities in the future in response to demand-response signals.

Well, I guess EMW figured out that this is a better and faster way to get a UL listed connected station on the market than their own JuiceBox.

+1 exactly what I was thinking. No UL makes them ineligible for most EVSE rebate programs, this cures that.

Great news for consumers! More choices are a good thing! A L2 EVSE capable of charging an EV up to 32 amps, via J1772, is at the “sweet spot” for most home charging applications.

It appears the HCS-40 32A requires a 50A circuit but the ChargePoint 32A only requires a 40A.

http://www.chargepoint.com/home/buying/

Am I reading this wrong?

I believe the 50 amp requirement is only to accommodate a nema 14-50 plug, rather than using a 40 amp plug.

John is right … if you directly wire HCS-40 32A, you only need a 40A breaker. More details on http://www.clippercreek.com/store/product/hcs-40-32a-240v-charging-25-cord/

Hi Eric. Thanks for the info; its a good move for both parties. We own a CC HSC-40, so I’ll keep an eye for that retrofit

Excellent. Now you can have a “connected” EVSE without giving Google all your charging information for free. (Yes, ChargePoint Home is in bed with Google.)

I still don’t get the need for an expensive home EVSE. My 2000 Ford Ranger EV came with a free Avcon unit and all I had to do was plug it into my unused 240v dryer outlet (14-50) which has a 40 amp breaker. After 15 years and 1000s of 6kw charges, I only had to replace the contactor once.

If all EVs came with an L1/L2 cord the cost of having an EV would be substantially reduced.

I’m confused by the load sharing option. It says if 2 teslas show up it will split the load 20 – 20 but if one Tesla shows up it will send 40 amps to it.

How is that possible on a unit rated at 32 amps?

They probably mean 16-16 and 32A, the 40A and 20/20 split just refers to the breaker capacity equivalent.