ClipperCreek Launches HCS-60 – 11.5 kW 240V 48 Amp Charging Station

MAR 14 2014 BY MARK KANE 19

ClipperCreek’s HCS series product line is the new HCS-60

ClipperCreek’s HCS series product line includes the new HCS-60

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

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

ClipperCreek seems to be introducing new charging products almost weekly these days.

The latest model is the HCS-60 with power of up to 11.5 kW at a reasonable price of $899.

The higher power is useful in such vehicles like the Toyota RAV4 EV and Tesla Model S (but with adapter to J1772).

There’s cold weather improvements with a highly durable rubber molded vehicle cable and connector.

“Built to serve the residential and commercial markets, the HCS-60 packages all of ClipperCreek’s “best in class” standard product features, like a 3-year warranty, a fully sealed, rugged NEMA 4 station enclosure, and 25 feet of charge cable. Starting at $899, this is the best valued 48 Amp charging solution on the market.”

Will Barrett, Inside Sales Manager at ClipperCreek stated:

“Electric vehicle charging rates are rising and some customers have asked for higher power stations to future proof their installation investment. The ClipperCreek team has responded with 48 Amp charging, that is 11.5kW of power.”

Jason France, CEO of ClipperCreek commented:

“The larger conductor size for the high power transfer required special care to design for real world operation. We used rubber over-molding to fully seal the connector’s head and increase the durability in the rough commercial world, the rubber cable jacket increases cold weather flexibility of the cable.”

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19 Comments on "ClipperCreek Launches HCS-60 – 11.5 kW 240V 48 Amp Charging Station"

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I’d like to see some of these EVSEs add a processor and an ability to connect to your local network so you can grab info from them and control them.

The juice box has yet to be UL certified. Personally, I would wait for certification since insurance guys are kind of picky about those sorts of things. Especially when it comes to making a claim.

Future proof? Tesla offers a 20KW on board charging capability option today.

That is a $2,700 option plus installation though! Most electrics are not close to charging @ 11.5 so probably still statement

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Glad to see prices finally coming down, their CS-60 was over $2k new I believe!

This is a true price breakthrough. Unfortunately, Tesla owners don’t need it, at least until they have problems with the standard cordset, which admittedly should be a minority of owners, but I suspect the majority if not all Roadster owners also purchasing the MC or Mobile UMC had problems. The MC was discontinued early on do to many troubles. The Mobile UMC also had problems but they just keep replacing them under warranty.

Any, the only car that really needs this is the 40 amp RavEV.

They’d sell alot of them if there were any cars on the market standardized on j1772 that could charge at 48 amps (that don’t have a canned solution already in the purchase price). Tesla at one time did with the $1500 charger, but now they force you to purchase an additional $1200 EVSE, if their website is to be believed. Anyone know if you can still unbundle these for the same money?

I think the upcoming Mercedes B Class EV will be able to charge at this rate too.

I just checked the website…. I guess you can still buy the EVSE from Tesla for $1200 plus tax.

So the remaining question is, if you’ve already bought the EVSE , could you buy a Tesla with a dual charger option for only $1500 since you already have the EVSE?

Bill, currently, Telsa bundles their $1200 HPWC (up to 80A charging) with dual chargers. You can get them to drop the HPWC if you pester them during the purchase process. Dual chargers gets you to 80A (single charger supports 40A) which is why they bundle the HPWC. The other option is the UMC (up to 40A charging) that comes with the Tesla and is for sale as an accessory at $650. A lot of Tesla owners bought an extra UMA for use in their garage and keep the other one in the car for mobile charging. There are good reasons not to use this as your regular charger, though. It is kind of a franken connector as it uses an adapter to select the outlet plug (like a 14-50, for example). The outlet and adapter have mechanical friction fit connections – stress points that can weaken and eventually cause problems. I would much rather have a dedicated EVSE. The 14-50 adapter for the Tesla UMC is the one that got recalled due to overheating problems. Of course to use the HCS60 with a Model S you have to use the J1772 adapter but that one appears to have no problems… Read more »

slight clarification, Tesla bundles the HPWC with the dual charger option when you buy the car.

Bill, you don’t have to take the HPWC with the Dual Chargers. It’s listed as a bundle, but they will separate it if you don’t want it.

Thanks, that’s good that its unbundled.

Yes, STG. The S UMC gplu was designed by an incompetant unfamiliar with Nema standards of current density. Thanks for the other info, but it is well known at this point.

er, Plug. The orig J1772 shrunk in cold weather and couldn’t be used. Tesla replaced them under warranty. Haven’t heard about how good the replacement is.

Quick question.
I’m building a house right now, it’s framed and I have yet to do the walk-through with the electrical contractor. I *was* planning on running 3 seperate 50 amp boxes to the garage…is that enough? Should I up it?

Normally you would think that 3 – 50 amp feeds would be enough, but conceivably depending on the amount of $ in the garage, say 2 model S’s and 1 model x, all 3 with the dual charger option, then you would need 3 -100 amp boxes since all 3 cars would still be continuous loads, drawing a combined 240 amps for over 3 hours conceivably.

Not sure where you live, but my utility will only allow a maximum of a 400 amp service for a residence. I would think 3 vehicles charging at 80 amps each would be about the maximum you could do. What size service entrance to the house do you have planned?

IF you are ultimately planning on running ‘standard’ evse’s, (anything other than Eaton I believe, which requires a white neutral wire), or you are planning on using Tesla’s EVSE, and have 80 amp cars, just have your guy run 2 wire plus braid #2 aluminum service entrance cable. Its only $1.35 a foot (cheaper for the electrician since he buys a 250 foot spool of it).

If I were doing it i’d home run the EVSE’s as mentioned, then i’d put in a small ‘4- wire’ panel for the 120 volt small loads such as convenience outlets, vacuum cleaner, garage door openers, etc. 50 amps 4 wire (12 kw total) would be enough for the lights plus a small welder, air compressor , or whatever else you’d have going on in a garage.

It depends of what EVs you are planning to buy. Worst case would be three Teslas but note that you can set the HPWCs to charge from 40A to 80A. This corresponds to circuits rated from 50 to 100A. So, if you have 150A available, you can set up 3 50A circuits and charge at 40A each (derating is required by NEC for continuous draw).

So, you just have to do the math as to what you need.

You can run those all out of a single panel, by the way.

I have a two car garage and put a 14-50 on each side wall during construction. If you want more than two or if you want to be able to charge a Tesla at full speed (80A), then I would put in a 200A sub-panel and do one 100A circuit for the fastest charging and then 50A circuits for the others. Even if you eventually have two Teslas, you will never need to charge both at the highest speed simultaneously. I also should have put an outlet outside near the garage door – now I have to run an extension from inside the garage for my front yard tools like pressure washer, leaf blower, vacuum cleaner, etc. You could also put a 14-50 out front for driveway charging too.