ClipperCreek Ups Power Of HCS-40 From 30 To 32 Amps – Price Remains The Same At $590

OCT 14 2014 BY STAFF 13

ClipperCreek is widely considered one of the world’s leading EVSE manufacturers, so when news of the HCS-40 getting a power upgrade with no price increase came across our desk, we felt compelled to pass it along.

Here are the highlights:


  • Power up from 30 to 32 amps
  • Price remains $590
  • Max charging: 7.7 kW

Press blast below:


ClipperCreek announces an upgrade in power for the popular HCS-40 and CS-40 series EV charging stations; from 30 Amps to 32 Amps continuous as a standard offering.

The HCS-40 is the first major brand, low cost, Level 2 electric vehicle charging station to break through to the 32 Amp level without increasing the selling price. With 25 feet of charging cable and a “no strings attached” 3-year manufacturer’s warranty, the HCS-40’s durability and usability is on par with what customers have come expect from ClipperCreek products.

ClipperCreek’s focus on continuous product value improvement for electric vehicle customers is unprecedented in the market. Charging at 32 Amps and 240Volts, the 7.7KW HCS-40 now offers increased power for cost conscious customers. All of ClipperCreek’s charging station products are safety certified by independent testing laboratories and compatible with all plug in vehicles available today.

“We are constantly developing new products to bring the next level of customer value to the market,” said Jason France, President and Founder of ClipperCreek. “After an in depth analysis, the ClipperCreek team determined the standards would allow an additional 480 Watts of power for charging without compromising quality, safety, or durability. The company’s HCS-40 and CS-40 models are now offered at the 32 Amp charging level with no increase in price.”

The HCS-40 is well-built, easy to install, and simple to use which translates into installation cost savings when compared to other products on the market. After the junction box is run from the main service, installing the HCS-40 is a snap. Using the provided 2 wall screws and 3 power wires, any licensed electrician can install an HCS-40 in no time at all. There is no need to disassemble the unit or to try to understand complicated installation instructions. In fact, no assembly required. An optional connector holster is available for just $19.

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13 Comments on "ClipperCreek Ups Power Of HCS-40 From 30 To 32 Amps – Price Remains The Same At $590"

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I always liked Clipper Creek products and this is just another reason.

Can’t imagine why Leaf owners would pay $$$ to upgrade their Nissan L1 EVSE to 16A L2 (I think newer units run beyond spec to 20A). All you get for that is still a single EVSE. Those that lease then have to swap back for a stock L1 at lease-end.

With Clipper Creek, you pay just a bit more and you get a well built high power L2 unit.

The conversion gives you a portable 120/240V EVSE.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Firmware update?

Nice free upgrade, but AFIK only Tesla (or Tesla powered cars) can charge above 6.6kW or about 28A.

BMW i3 should be able to go higher than 6.6kW.

MB B class and Toyota eRav4 (both Tesla powertrain) can charge higher than 6.6kW also.

I am NOT sure about the eGolf yet.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

RAV4EV and (theoretically) i3 can charge at 40A, and the B-class EV I believe will as well.

Not so sure of other compliance cars though off the top of my head.

As long as the RAV4’s connector doesn’t melt. 😉


I had the impression they just noticed it’s capable of providing 32A to begin with and adjusted the labeling to reflect that.

But good chances I’m wrong.

For the record: we have one, bought it in the summer with a 6-50 plug which fits my wife’s pottery kiln outlet (so no need to install new circuits). Used it a couple of times so far on our 2014 Leaf. According to the Leaf’s SOC #s (which seemed to hold up after a bit of driving), the charging pace, esp. in the “mid-latitudes” of 40-80%, seems to be well above the Leaf’s nominal 6.6kW, and quite possibly around 7.5kW or more.

If and when we need to use the HCS-40P again, I will try and inspect it more closely.

It probably charge at 6.6 kW output power in the battery but suck 7.5 kW from the plug or at the input of the charger.
My 2012 Leaf with a 3.4 kw charger draw sometine over 4 kw.
BTW Didn’t Ford Focus as a 7.2 kw charger if I’m remember right?

I believe the i3 spec is 30a max, but some North American cars have been limited to 24a while BMW works a problem with the onboard charger.

Electrical code may require more expensive wiring to carry 32a than 30a, so installation costs will go up in some cases with this change, with little or no benefit.

Does that make a difference for any car?

Its quite amazing to me that people would worry about a 30 – 32 amp increase (a 6 2/3% Increase), but say nothing about all those docking stations we run into that are around 200 volts or less that could easily run on 240, which is a 20 % increase in charging speed, especially if you car is already at its amperage limit.

Unless of course the real issue is that few know how to get a higher voltage out of the wiring in their establishment, which, truth be told, is I bet the real problem.

32 amps is still only 80% of 40.

I believe the main reason for the initial 30 amp limitation was the rating of the car cord. Clipper Creek seems to have gotten around this restriction.