Fuji Electric Corporation of America unveiled the first publicly available DC Quick Charger on ChargePoint at the Residence Inn by Marriott in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Owned and operated by EV-integrator Evoasis, the 25 kilowatt charging station is open to the public and located along the Interstate-5, offering electric vehicle drivers a quick and easy charging experience.
A special event hosted by Evoasis was held Saturday Nov. 17 from 2 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Providing a full charge in approximately 60 minutes, Fuji Electric says its DC Quick Chargers have been installed in hundreds of locations around the world, and the integration with ChargePoint means that drivers can easily access real time station availability and manage charging sessions.
“Fuji Electric is thrilled to be partnering with Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano and Evoasis to offer electric vehicle owners a fast and convenient charging method,” said Phil Charatz, president and CEO of Fuji Electric Corp. of America. “The integration of ChargePoint in our DC Quick Charger enhances the user experience, and we are proud to be the first publicly available DC Quick Charger on their network. We are committed to the EV industry, and will continue to take every opportunity available to further the development of the EV infrastructure in the United States.”
ChargePoint-enabled Fuji Electric stations are can be located on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone and Android. These ChargePoint mobile apps provide an easy way to locate stations near any specified address and get turn-by-turn directions.
“The collaboration with Fuji Electric has been an important milestone for ChargePoint as we expand the reach of our network to serve all aspects of an EV driver’s charging needs,” said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint. “The combination of Fuji Electric’s extensive DC charging experience and Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano’s reputation for helping travelers thrive on the road for extended periods made it ideal for the launch of the first publicly available DC Quick Charger on ChargePoint.”
The introduction of the Residence Inn unit marks Fuji Electric’s fourth operational DC Quick Charger in the U.S. following their formal entry into the North American market in March 2012.
With more than 300 units deployed worldwide, the Tokyo-based electronics manufacturer has opted to focus on 25kW DC Quick Charging in the U.S., citing the need to help station owners manage installation and utility costs.
A new charging station will be released in December 2012, and will feature a slimmer design and optimized user interface.