ClipperCreek Launches HCS-40 – 30 Amp 240 Volt Indoor/Outdoor Charger Priced at $590

DEC 10 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 40

ClipperCreek HCS-40

ClipperCreek HCS-40

If ever there was a charging station maker who listened to us, it’s ClipperCreek.

Until now, ClipperCreek’s residential 240 volt chargers have been of the 20 amp variety.  But now, with the launch of ClipperCreek’s latest unit, 30 amps is available.

The ClipperCreeek HCS-40 is a 30 amp 240 volt Level 2 charging station designed for either indoor or outdoor use.  It comes with 25-feet of charging cable and a 3-year warranty.

As is usually the case with ClipperCreek offerings, the HCS-40 is the cheapest unit out there with all the specs listed above.

Jason France, ClipperCreek’s CEO, stated:

“We have 16 years of field experience to know what happens to charging stations in the real world, and we went out of our way to develop a unit that could survive the worst abuse and still charge your vehicle every time.”

“The HCS-40 is truly ClipperCreek tough.”

ClipperCreek released this statement on the HCS-40:

“For ClipperCreek low cost does not mean “cheap.” The HCS-40 is built “American Tough”, designed to be the last charging station you will ever need. With a fully sealed NEMA 4 enclosure the HCS-40 delivers power in even the most punishing environments. The durability of the HCS-40 is only shadowed by its best in class standard feature offerings like: 25 feet of charging cable, a no strings attached 3 year warranty, and an optional $19 connector holster for the utmost confidence and convenience while charging.”

Order Yours Today For $590

Order Yours Today For $590

The HCS-40 is available for immediate delivery and can be purchased directly from ClipperCreek.  Full specs below:

Introducing the HCS-40, The latest high quality, high power, low price charging station from ClipperCreek.

Built and tested to automaker standards to ensure a reliable charge every time.

Rated for indoor or outdoor use.

Works with all vehicles

HCS-40 EV charging station features include:

Easy to install– your electrician can install anywhere. Indoors or out!

Reclosure–if your car can be charged, it will be charged–guaranteed

Lights–indicates charging status

Integrated Cord Hanger–low profile stores cord and connector out of the way

25 Ft Charging cable

Minimal standby power consumption (no on/off switch required)

* Orders shipped in California will be charged California sales tax

PRODUCT SPECS

Service Entrance: 208V to 240V, 60Hz – 40 Amp Circuit (30A continuous for charging), single phase, 2-wire, with ground (L1, L2, and Ground)– Conduit and pigtail supplied
19.7” L x 8.9” W x 5.3” D (500mm L x 225mm W x 135mm D)
Weight 13 lbs
Operating Temperatures: -22°F to 122°F (-30°C to +50°C
Charge cord Length = 25 Feet.

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40 Comments on "ClipperCreek Launches HCS-40 – 30 Amp 240 Volt Indoor/Outdoor Charger Priced at $590"

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go4it

What will be the benefit if you in-car-charger offers you only ~2,3 to ~3,6 kW charging power, like all the Nissan’s, Mitsubishi’s, BMW’s and so on 😉

There has to be an improvement by newer cars that make sense for using kinda power-charging-stations!!!

Andrew

Uh, Nissan leaf is 6.6kw and the Model S is 40amp ready with just the single charger. So I think there is a significant market available to be served. Not everyone is going to spend $2500 for twin chargers and a HPWC from tesla.

David Murray

For Chevy Volt users and many others, there would be no benefit. But several vehicles, including the new Leaf models are now offering 6Kw or more charging.

2013LeafSV

Also BMW charges at 7.7kw. In any case, you want to future proof as much as possible, especially if hardwired. Future electrics will continue to support larger current draws.

ModernMarvelFan

Unless your house has a problem supporting it…

Peder Norby

In 2009 when we were installing a clipper creek unit in our home as part of the Mini-E program. BMW covered the $1500-$2000 cost of the unit in the high lease price for the car.
I remember thinking at the time, one day these things are going to be as cheap as a garage door opener.

We are getting very close to that price!

Cheers
Peder

Assaf

They’ll never be like a garage door opener. Just the copper probably costs >$100. But yes, we’ve cleared the hurdle of a new expensive technology.

At bottom line, L2 chargers are plain-vanilla electrical/electronic installations, and it was a matter of time before the Clipper Creeks would show up and offer them at realistic prices.

Peder Norby

I’d guess a sub $300 240 volt 30amp charger is not more than a few years away. That’s what I think of when I say same price as a garage door opener.

John Hansen

Copper costs about $3.50 a pound. This evse weighs 13 pounds. Even if the entire thing were made of copper, that would only be $45.50. Assuming that 10% is copper, $4.55 is a reasonable estimate for the price of the copper in this unit.

Not really disagreeing with your main point, just that your estimate for the cost of the copper component was off.

Fwiw, I own a Clipper Creek and it’s terrific. It replaced a Siemens that faulted about once a week in the middle of the night and caused my Volt to start honking. After getting the Clipper Creek I never had another problem.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Indeed, I have a refurbished CS-60 off eBay (about $800 shipped) and it’s been a real trooper. Now if only I could afford an EV that could take 60A!

ModernMarvelFan

Copper might cost $3.50/lb. But copper wire with 10 gauge cost about $1.58/ft at Home Depot.

With the low volume, you would have to give CC some room for profit.

2013LeafSV

In the price range, I think I’d prefer a Bosch unit as they have a holder for the plug built in.

Acevolt

Looks to be the same price except the Bosch has a 18 foot cord instead of 25 foot and only a 1 year warranty instead of 3 year.

John Hansen

I wouldn’t want a holder, it’s faster and more compact to just sling the plug over the top like in the picture. My Siemens had a holder and I never used it because it took an extra few seconds to put it in the holder.

Erik Mason

Clipper Creek has a holster available for this unit and for the LCS-25 for $19. The LCS-25 is perfect for any vehicle with a 3.3kW on-board charger, and Clipper Creek just came out with an HCS-60 for BMWs, RAV4s, and (with an adaptor) Teslas.

Dan Frederiksen

600$ extension cord. It’s a steal.

Phil Kulak

A 25-foot, 30-amp, 240-volt extension cord, outdoor rated with support for J1772.

Spec9

Says the person that doesn’t understand all that is involved in creating and selling a real product such as employees, UL certification, licensing costs, etc.

Foo

His name is “Dan”, what do you expect?

MrEnergyCzar

Maybe the gen 2.0 Volt can benefit from this charger….

danwat1234

It better!

Erik

good movement! anyone complaining should price out building their own….

Anon

How can it be rated for outdoor use, when it does not come with a weatherized holster for the plug?

Erik Ma

Clipper Creek does offer a $19 holster, pretty slick.

Spec9

Nice. And if you install yourself, it will be very cheap for a pretty fast L2 charger.

Future Tesla Driver

On my list for Volt 2.0 accessories!!!

Otherwise, a great 6.6Kw upgrade for Leaf Owners!!!

Steve

For future proofing what amperage do people recommend for the circuit that feeds the EVSE? I am about to take the plunge with my Volt, but I expect to buy EVs with bigger batteries in the future.

Acevolt

Minimum is 40Amps for this. If you plan to buy a Tesla you will need 50Amps (10KW) or 100Amps (20KW) for their Twin Charger. This is a good chart on the circuit required for the Miles of range per hour of charge:
http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/downloads/highpowerwallconnector.pdf

Bill Howland

This unit is a good compromise, plus the vast majority of all public chargers in the USA are 30 amps. (usually 6 kw or there abouts).

zoe-driver

One Phase ? That is pretty old technology.
I charge @home 3-phase with 22kw at least. Tesla full in 4hrs@Home, ZOE in 1hr.

Greetings 🙂

Bill Howland

Hi Zoe.

European homes have 3phase generally due to single phase limitations.

Since we don’t have the limitations, we don’t have 3 phase generally for residences since its cheaper for the utility to supply and its roughly the same efficiency.

Some of your homes in Europe still can’t have this due to ‘Contract” limitations.

Competition is good,the EVlink from Schneider is now roughly this price also at Home Depot.

zoe-driver

Hi Bill,

US homes have the limitation due to one phase 🙂

We have three and each of them can have 125A if you want.
Thats why “normal” AC charging @home here is 22kw (Tesla) and fast AC-charging is 43kw (ZOE)

One phase ist just one phase. Three are two more 🙂 And we have the same strong cables for enough Ampere.

Greetings from modern Europe

ModernMarvelFan

Actually, all US home have two phases…. That is where 240V comes from. They are 120V out of phase by 180 degree.

No, they are NOT 3 phase system. But the fact is that most homes support up to 200A load (100A per phase).

You can upgrade to 400A if needed. But anything fast than that is really unnecessary…

Bill Howland

mmf, not to split hairs but a definition of polyphase power is continuous power flow. The power flow to your house is therefore *NOT* continuous (both of the misnomered ‘phases’ die at the same time), and therefore it is incorrect to call it anything other than single phase.

Bill Howland

mmf, Britains are familiar with this scheme, since apparently some streets only have single phase power with distribution transformers arranged for 230/460.

The 230 is sent 2 wires per house, with one neutral wire ‘earthed’. So, every other house is basically in series with each other, although it may not seem like it inside the house.

200 amps of load? If you mean 120 volt loads then that just confuses Europeans, which is not nice since Americans are already confused.

Bill Howland

Zoe: Greetings back.

3 questions:

1). Which country do you reside in?
2). Your house obviously has 230Y/400 or thereabouts. Is this the cheapest rate you can get from your supplier or do you have to pay a “Contract” charge?

I know some japanese households have a ’30 amp contract’, meaning they can draw 3kw, but no more. If they want electric cookers, etc they have to pay more for their “contract”.

3). What do you pay per kwh during various parts of the day, and what do you have to do to get cheaper rates?. (Please also include any fixed costs, but dont include them in the kwh rate). Thank you.

Bill Howland

Zoe: Your 125 amp service is equivalent to our 375 amp services. I’m assuming the smallest 3 phase service available for a house is 40 amps.

My hot tub (spa) is arranged for 1 phase power in the states and 3 phase for Export.

By limitation, I meant I believe your allowable imballance is 16 amps and Britain is 32, but this is just info I’ve gleened by reading the blogs. I’m not sure which particular country you are in.

Household power in the states legally cannot be more than 150 volts to ‘earth’.

KenZ

Ack. I JUST bought their 20A charger like 2 weeks ago. Damn…

ModernMarvelFan

That works fine most of the time…

I paid $899 for the LCS-25 where it is only $600 now…

KenZ

PS- one should remember that the 30% tax credit from the feds that applies to home charger installs (the equipment and install costs) expires in less than one month. So you get 30% off this price (tax bracket dependent of course) if you order and install before 1 January.