Among the biggest news for electric vehicle owners coming out of this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is ChargePoint’s debut of its new 400-kW DC fast charger.
Called “Express Plus,” the entirely new charging architecture can add hundreds of miles of range in less than 15 minutes, meaning EV owners will no longer be jealous of Tesla owners’ use of that company’s fast charging Supercharger Network.
The first stations equipped using the new 400-kW technology will be available to customers beginning this July, Charge Point said.
The charging system is highly modular and separated into charging modules, which are stacked to create “power cubes.”
Proprietary liquid cooling technology supports the “thinnest, most flexible high-capacity 12-foot long charging cables on the market,” the company says.
“Express Plus is a platform built to support ChargePoint’s vision for the future of DC fast charging: ultra-fast, scalable and incredibly efficient charging that’s conveniently located where drivers need it for long trips,” said Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint.
“Express Plus charging centers can start small and grow as needed by adding charging capacity without further construction,” he said.
At the moment, there aren’t any production EVs available that can withstand such a high power rate, but Romano is confident there will be vehicles capable of accepting the high power in the very near future.
With an EV charging infrastructure to support high speed charging, auto manufacturers will be more willing to invest in designing systems to allow their vehicles to utilize it.
European automakers have already taken a step with what they are calling “ultra-fast” charging announced by BMW, Daimler’s Mercedes, Ford, and Volkswagen’s Audi and Porsche last November.
Once ChargePoint’s network of 400-kW DC fast chargers ramp up, it will provide motorists with a strong argument to buy electric vehicles.
In addition to the Express Plus fast charger, ChargePoint also introduced a lower cost alternative called the Express 250.
These are standalone stations capable of delivering up to 62.5 kW, which allows for a lower charging price point, and are capable of adding about 90 miles of range in 30 minutes.
Installation of the Express 250 will also begin in July.