Florida-based CarCharging, which inherited the Blink public charging network from bankrupt ECOtality, has announced plans to upgrade its chargers, restoring the amperage from 24 Amps to its maximum capacity of 30 Amps.
About two years ago, users began to report of problems with Blink level 2 charging stations at power levels above 3.3 kW. ECOtality determined that the problem was the cord set, which could overheat or melt at a current level of 30 Amps, so it decided to reduce the amperage of the chargers to 24 Amps.
Now CarCharging has eliminated the issue with a new cord set. “After exhaustive research and testing, CarCharging has selected TE Connectivity as the new supplier for the cord set for the Blink charging stations,” said the company in a press release. “TE provides the cord sets for GE, SemaConnect, Schneider, and other EV Charging station suppliers.”
“All Blink Level II EV chargers that are now sold and/or deployed will include the new cord set and will provide the maximum unit amperage of 30 Amps. CarCharging also intends to replace the cord sets on all installed chargers in commercial locations and then restore the amperage to its maximum capacity (30 Amps).”
“Since the acquisition of the Blink related assets, CarCharging has been committed to improving the overall performance of the Blink EV charging stations and, specifically, the replacement of the Rema cord sets on the Blink Level II EV chargers,” said Michael D. Farkas, Founder and CEO of CarCharging. “We are confident that the cord sets from TE will support the Blink Level II EV charging stations in performing at their maximum capacity and allow EV drivers to charge their vehicles more rapidly.”