ClipperCreek Launches New High-Power And Super Rugged Charger

FEB 13 2019 BY MARK KANE 39

Designed specifically for heavy utilization fleets, public parking lots, and extreme weather locations

ClipperCreek announced an interesting expansion of its EVSE lineup by two new “Ruggedized” charging stations – HCS-60R (48 A, 240 V, up to 11.5 kW) and HCS-80R (64 A, 240 V, up to 15.4 kW), which are reinforced a version of the HCS-60 and HCS-80, respectively.

According to the manufacturer, changes:

  • overmolded SAE J1772 connectors for added impact and crush resistance
  • field-replaceable connector latches
  • five-year warranties

These are ideal for extreme conditions and high utilization applications. Prices of those “Ruggedized” EVSEs are $100 higher, compared to standard versions ($999 for HCS-60R and $1,069 for HCS-80R).

“These high-power, ruggedized charging stations offer reliable and affordable high-power level 2 charging solutions designed specifically for heavy utilization fleets, public parking lots, and extreme weather locations. The ruggedized option is offered at an excellent value of $100 in addition to the base price of $899 for the HCS-60 and $969 for the HCS-80.

Features of the HCS-60R and HCS-80R include:

  • 11.5 – 15.4kW of power to charge electric vehicles quickly
  • Impact and crush resistant SAE-J1772 connector
  • Type 4X watertight and corrosion resistant rubber overmolded EV connector
  • New slim high power cable design for improved flexibility and cold weather performance
  • 25 feet of charging cable for installation flexibility and superior vehicle reach
  • 5-year warranty
  • Field-replaceable latch
  • Wall mount SAE-J1772 connector holster included
  • Integrated cable wrap making storing the cable simple and convenient
  • Rugged, fully sealed NEMA 4 station enclosure for installation anywhere
  • Support from the outstanding ClipperCreek customer service team
  • No assembly required
  • Made in America”

Will Barrett, ClipperCreek Director of Sales said:

“We saw great customer acceptance with our first set of ruggedized products, the HCS-40R and PMD-10R and have continued to receive requests for the higher-powered ruggedized options. ClipperCreek’s standard products are very robust, all have NEMA 4 rated enclosures for indoor or outdoor installs. The overmolded ruggedized SAE-J1772 connector takes our already tough products to another level.”

“Our commitment to the electric vehicle market drives us to bring the greatest value to our customers at every opportunity. As the market continues to evolve and vehicle options increase commercial customers have asked for our ruggedized stations in other power levels, so we developed a new overmolded connector with a replaceable latch for the HCS-60 and HCS-80. We stand behind this connector’s durability by offering a five year product warranty.”

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39 Comments on "ClipperCreek Launches New High-Power And Super Rugged Charger"

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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

My super old Juicebox 60A still runs friggin awesome.

That ruggedized J1772 looks pretty cool.

Good pitch for Employee Parking Lots, too!

The pricing on these high current EVSEs is ridiculous. The increased cost of the higher amperage components doesn’t come close to justifying the much higher prices of the HCS-60 and HCS-80. But then, ClipperCreek EVSEs are all overpriced.

Let me introduce you to a pair of concepts: supply & demand, and market psychology.

They lead to things like the pricing on these chargers, the “Cadillac Effect”, in which a high price can actually increase demand because it makes a good or service more desirable, and other brain bending phenomena.

And yet the Tesla wall connector is $500, while the equivalent ClipperCreek HCS-60 is $899.

It always surprises me Tesla charges so little for their EVSEs when they charge a lot for everything else. I am unsure of the “why” and it bothers me.

Most likely they don’t want charging station cost losing a car sale (they are trying to encourage electric car sales) so they price the EVSE cheap. They are proprietary and only easily usable by Tesla, so they don’t have to worry about subsidized sales to other non Tesla owners.

I believe Tesla wall connectors are reasonably priced for their 11.5kW capability. Have you ever seen what’s inside an EVSE? What surprises me is how much people will pay for what is basically a contactor and a simple circuit board in a box with some wires. My JuiceBox came with WiFi connectivity and an app for my phone, 4 years ago, and was still more than $200 cheaper than an HCS-60. However, I expect EVSE prices will come down in a few years as they become more of a commodity item and competition grows.

Tesla has their charging equipment made in China in large quantities. Clipper Creek units are made in smaller quantities in the USA.

$1000 seems like a fair price for a ruggedized high power EVSE. These are aimed at fleet users, home users should buy the HCS40 which is a little under $600. I’ve had an HCS40 for 3 years, it’s built like a tank so I fully expect to get at least 10 years of service out of it. A 7200KW EVSE like the HCS40 can fully charge any BEV overnight so it’s good enough. I suppose when the 180KWh Rivian becomes available you might want an HCS-80 just for the hell of it, why would you care if you spent a few hundred dollars more on your EVSE if you are spending $100K on the vehicle.

I love Clipper Creek products.

Good, simple and reliable. Designed in USA and well made!

No wonder Tesla and BMW and GM all use them.

I prefer eMotorWerks JuiceBox

You have posted to that effect at least three times in this thread. Do you work for JuiceBox or something? I have thought about getting one of their units myself, but still…

No, I have no affiliation other than as a happy customer.

I love my JuiceBox Pro 40 but these units serve a different market than a JB.

I prefer to drive around at 88 MPH with a giant metal hook trying to snag wires just as they’re hit by lightning.

Not as efficient, but way more exciting.

Are there any non-Tesla Ex’s in the US that will charge at 15kW from 240v?
Most onboard chargers these days are still puny 6.6 or 7.2kW ones, a few 9.6kW ones are coming on the E-Tron and I-Pace, but that’s it…
IMO, EV’s with >250 mile range will need higher charging power if we want to be able to go a week without charging and still gain a full charge overnight.
Even Rivian hasn’t hopped on board, they have an 11kW onboard charging unit, for a 180kWh battery.

Remember J1772-2009 supports 19.2kW single-phase. The cars should be built to that spec…

HAHAHA! “…Are there any non-Tesla Ex’s in the US that will charge at 15kW from 240v?…”.

More to the point…. Are there any Teslas that will go this fast? NOT ANYMORE. Fastest tesla these days, no matter how much money you spend, is 11.5 kw.

The S/X 75 and 100 had 48A and 72A chargers, respectively. But you’re right that the older S could charge at 80A when you had dual chargers installed.

Your information is out of date.. They no longer have the 72 amp model and they don’t have the dual chargers in Europe either.

I must have one of those unicorns as I get 48 ish MPH off 208 vt wall charger at work that purports to be a Tesla 16 kWh one. Or is my math bad?

I’m sure your math is just fine James since Tesla only recently discontinued the chargers over 11.5 kw.

I was about to post the same thing. Seriously, most of these high end chargers are way ahead of their time. Mine is 3 years old station and can do 11 but my 2 evs max out at 6 and 3.

Yeah, I bought a JuiceBox 50 4 years ago, expecting most cars to have at least 9.6kW onboard chargers, but so far that hasn’t happened in the US. Tesla 11.5, Audi 9.6, everyone else 7.2 or lower.

But that means when you DO get one that is faster you don’t have to buy a newer faster EVSE. 🙂

My first car had a 3.3 and I bought a 3.6 kwh, then I got a car that had a faster charger, but I was stuck at 10 MPH…

You’re future proofing.

I-Pace has a disappointingly low 7.2kW onboard charger.

Why is that disappointing? Where I am going with this, is I either need the car to charge overnight or at max speed possible. The difference in 7.2 kW or 11 kW isn’t going to be that meaningful to me. The 7.2 kW might be a tad slow as it is more than 10 hours for a charge (so stretching over night). Point I am making is I doubt we see anything much faster than 11 kW for home single phase charging as it starts to be little benefit for a lot of added cost. If I want to charge quickly I would go to the supercharger or high power CCS unit.

Why is the I-pace 7.2 kw rate disappointingly low? Because imbalance limitations in several continental european countries limit the charging rate to either 3.6 kw or even 4.8 kw in Austria – where Magma manufactures the car.
But Jag being a British (even though now its Indian) brand can usually go the full 7.2 kw for the home market.

Viking79 makes perfect sense.

When I am asleep, I don’t care whether my car takes 2 hours or 6 to charge.
With Tesla, and its plug-in-daily philosphy, this works just fine for day-to-day use.

For road tripping, top up in the morning or hit the nearest supercharger on the way out.

All this agonizing over how “6.6kW isn’t enough, why can’t we have 9.6?” seems like so much hot air venting.
And one downside to higher power is that above 30 Amps or so, breaker/wiring sizes do get much heftier and pricier for marginal gain.

It’s disappointing because of the miles of range per hour of charge you can get on L2, combined with the relatively poor efficiency of the car. It may not be meaningful if you only charge overnight, every night, but if you have limited time and need to add some miles to get where you’re going, charging speed becomes highly relevant. Particularly if you’re sharing 1 charger among several cars, and share a household with people (teenagers) who constantly “forget” to plug cars in. Charging at 11.5kW is nearly 60% faster than charging at 7.2kW.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the I-Pace is a great car. I just wish it had better efficiency and a faster charger.

Drawing 80 or 72 amps for hours may put you into a higher cost for demand charges with the utility

Businesses may care about that. I’m not sure what gave them the idea, because years ago the peak was 70 amperes for the Roadster and 80 amperes for the ‘S’. Now their VERY LATEST limitation is 48 amperes for anything.

Which is somewhat humorous since the operative reason why Tesla was late with even a J1772 adapter is when the ‘standard’ only allowed for 30 amperes maximum (which realistically for a Roadster is just fine), but they said, “NO, we want 70!” and came out with the trouble prone TSL-01 – a Tesla Branded converter cord (to J1772) so that I could use my own 30 ampere wall box – had to be replaced under warranty – and since Tesla bought the cord from a third party they quite obviously didn’t make much money on me since for $750 they had to provide 2 sets of them.

Ridiculous price with insane profit margins. They make US insulin manufacturers appear as saints…just wait for China to flood the market with EV chargers in a couple of years…

And yet they sell !
My Clipper Creek 40 has been been sitting out in the elements for 6 years working flawlessly and silently (except for that impressive thud when the contacter kicks in).

Yet no protective or locking holster for the plug which sits in the weather.

Actually comes with, separately mounted: “Wall Mount SAE-J1172™ Connector Holster included”

Look at the Flo model for how it should look with a locking receptacle built into the unit.

Super happy with our HCS-40P. Clipper Creek design is just simple, efficient and reliable. Lock and Load.

I have seen so many crappy ChargePoint units sidelined with broken latches. If “field replaceable” means “user serviceable”, they should start selling them them to the other guys. Side note: The latch is stupid and no one should be allowed to lock the plug of a public charger to their EV.

I’ve had the HCS 60 when I was able to get it for 50% off. extremely durable and couldn’t compare it to any other product. more durable than the tesla. eventually sold it for near what i paid and purchased the Tesla version to avoid using the JAE adapter. CC makes some of the finest quality products, but I didn’t need all that protection for an indoor use unit. they’re clearly trying to hit the commercial markets with these beefier versions.