In Palo Alto, CarCharging Swaps Efacec DC Charger For Nissan DC Charger

DEC 20 2013 BY MARK KANE 9

50 kW Efacec CHAdeMO charger in Chicago

50 kW Efacec CHAdeMO charger in Chicago

CarCharging Group announced that it has installed a Nissan DC fast charger at Simon Property Group’s Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California.

Not a big deal, some would say, but CarCharging Group already had one DC charger there, previously installed by 350Green, a company acquired by CarCharging Group.

So, what happened?  Did someone steal the original unit?

“CarCharging acquired the EV charging stations at the Stanford Shopping Center through its purchase of 350Green earlier this year. However, due to lack of support from the manufacturer of the previous DC Fast charging station at the shopping mall, CarCharging elected to replace the unit with another fast charger.”

Ouch.  This previous manufacturer being referred to by CarCharging is Efacec, which was selected by 350Green to deliver hundreds of DC chargers to the U.S. before the company went out of business.

Not many of the planned units were installed, but it will be interesting to see if the ones in Chicago will be swapped out soon too.

Nissan DC fast charger with CHAdeMO plug

Nissan DC fast charger with CHAdeMO plug

We know that CarCharging Group, in cooperation with Nissan, will deploy 48 Nissan-branded quick chargers, primarily in California and on the East Coast.

The new charging point in Palo Alto is free to use, but for a limited time only:

“As a token of appreciation for EV drivers, CarCharging will provide free charging for the Nissan quick charger at the Stanford Shopping Center for a limited time.”

Michael D. Farkas, CEO of CarCharging stated:

“At CarCharging, we understand how much EV drivers appreciate the opportunity to rapidly recharge their cars and want to accommodate their needs. Given our partnerships with Simon Property Group and Nissan, we are able to provide reliable charging service that EV drivers depend on as well as the opportunity to quickly recharge.”

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9 Comments on "In Palo Alto, CarCharging Swaps Efacec DC Charger For Nissan DC Charger"

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What is a Nissan DC fast charger? CHAdeMO?

Yes.

I wonder if CarCharging group will also end up swapping out broken Blink QC stations for these Nissan stations…

The Blink QC stations are notoriously unreliable. And personally, I would rather see two 25 kW QC stations installed over 1 50 kW QC station most of the time – the LEAF doesn’t charge at over 25 kW for that long so it only extends QC times a small amount most of the time.

Great to see this! It’s worth noting that many LEAF drivers could not use the old Efacec unit, because there were no new CharJit cards available and the operator could not refill the existing ones. I would think that there was really no easy solution for this, with the exception of replacing the entire QC. This will help particularly LEAF drivers at the nearby Stanford Hospital, which prohibits workplace charging.

Does its “busy status” (available / not available) appear on any of the charger maps? If not, it’s basically a wild guess as to whether it’s available or not? Also, what are the parking policies for that spot — how long can you be there, plugged in? Can a Tesla use with an adapter?

For a reliable quick charge, does anyone really care who manufactured the unit? My issue is with the various networks you need to “belong” to. I guess I’ll need to join CarChaging now and have yet another card in my wallet with witch to activate chargers (“charge” cards now outnumber credit cards in my wallet). I was nearly stranded in PA just after the old unit rendered “unavailable” indefinitely.

Bill, CarCharging took over and operates the Blink network. Many EV drivers have an RFID card from Blink, since it’s one of the largest charging stations operators in the US.

Thanks for the heads up George. Will my Blink card work at all CarCharging stations?