Recargo Launches Its First Ultra-Fast Charging Station In California

NOV 7 2018 BY MARK KANE 13

Recargo builds an ultra-fast charging network in California.

Recargo, the company behind the PlugShare free app and website that allows users to find charging stations, leave reviews, and connect with other plug-in vehicle owners, was earlier this year acquired by innogy eMobility US LLC. innogy is a new name for many, but in fact, it’s a subsidiary of German energy company RWE, established by splitting the renewable, network and retail businesses of RWE into a separate entity.

It seems that under innogy, Recargo is going to have its own fast-charging network. The soft-start of the first station is already underway at the Prunedale Shopping Center, in Prunedale, California (see location here). 22 more stations are to be installed by the end of 2019.

The Recargo charging infrastructure seems to be pretty solid as the first station got six BTC Power fast chargers (each dual head for up to 200 kW CCS Combo and up to 100 kW CHAdeMO). Moreover, there is an energy storage system (with Tesla Powerpacks) on site.

“We’ll be opening our first fast charging center this year (tentatively in October) at the Prunedale Shopping Center, in Prunedale, California. It will feature six ultra-fast 175kW DC fast chargers (upgradeable to 350kW), each with CHAdeMO and CCS connectors. The site will also feature over 500kW of battery storage, to help control peak electricity demand levels.This is the first location in Phase 1 of the Recargo Network build-out. There are 22 additional locations on-track for construction by the end of 2019. Watch the News section of the Recargo website to get updates on the Prunedale Shopping Center charging center, as well as the other 22 Phase 1 network sites.”

You can see the station through in-depth coverage on News Coulomb channel:

Previous video from construction stage:

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These power pack storage systems for fast charging makes so much sense. No demand fees, higher max current , ability to peak shave if they are under used for EVs.

… and a very high price.

Not prohibitive compared to the other costs of installing such a charging station. In fact in many cases it might be cheaper than having a higher-powered grid connection installed — even ignoring running costs…

Either way, the lower running costs should improve the economics long-term, thus improving prospects for profitable operation while offering competitive prices.

Gotta start somewhere! From site “Motorola DynaTAC ($3,995): It took a decade after the first cell phone demonstration for one to become available commercially. The Motorola DynaTAC hit the market in 1983 with a hefty price tag of $3,995” Not to mention it sucked. Poor battery life, almost no towers, wildly expensive bills with $500/month not unusual

Most important (expensive) stuff in cell phones are what you can find in every beach: sand. Stuff in batteries are not so cheap, lower bound on raw material is about $100/kWh.

Of course overall energy usage is increased through the Revenue Meter since the charge/discharge roundtrip of electricity through the battery is probably only around 80% efficiency, if that – but yes, it is less than demand charges in some places, and I’m certain there is arbitraging of electric rates (that is, let the batteries completely discharge prior to the off-peak rate swichover, and then fully recharge them with totally off-peak rates).

“The site will also feature over 500kW of battery storage” – I assume that should have said “500kWh”?

It could mean battery storage capable of delivering 500 kW, so it can keep several car chargers chugging along. But a 200 kWh Powerpack 2 has a discharge rate of only 50kW (AC), so a 500 kW power rating would imply even more batteries than a 500 kWh energy rating.

Yes. that was just a slip while talking onsite. It was reported to be “500 kWh,” but it turns out the actual capacity might be a little different (still unconfirmed).

This is awesome. I am a new EV Driver in NJ, and the biggest challenge is to find chargers. EVs are a great product, and with more chargers available, no doubt that they will sell very well.

Now if they included Tesla connectors, we would be making real progress. It’s a numbers game with a betamax moment to come. Grab some popcorn, it’s going to be awhile.

I find this new charger system more interesting then Electrify America in that Electrify America was born out out of a shotgun wedding with Volkswagen and and the EPA and diesel gate.

While this new network was born from a network wanting to get into the EV charging business.

I also like how they have the same number of Chadomo chargers and CSS chargers vs building 5 CSS chargers and one Cadamo charger.

Charging per minute means that a car that can take 200kW will end up paying 1/4 the price for electricity compared to a car that can only handle 50kW. The expensive infrastructure (such as water cooled cables) is there to support the 200kW charging capability but cars that use this pay much less for the electricity.

In California it is allowed to charge by the kWh.