ChargePoint, a network of independently owned charging stations that operates in 14 countries, has opened its first publicly available DC fast charging station at the Residence Inn by Marriott in San Juan Capistrano, California, just off Interstate 5. The Fuji Electric 25 kW, CHAdeMO-compliant charger is owned and operated by EVoasis.
“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.”
While CHAdeMO charging stations from other manufacturers use a 50 kW charging rate, Fuji’s DC Quick Charger runs at 25 kW, which means longer charging times but lower installation costs. According to Fuji, charging time is about 11 minutes greater (when charging from 23% to 80%) compared to a 50 kW station. However, compared to more powerful chargers, Fuji’s box costs about half as much to purchase, and much less to install, as it weighs 436 lbs versus 2000 lbs, and uses a 208 volt, three phase circuit versus the 480 volt circuit required by 50 kW chargers.
“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,” said Phil Charatz, CEO of Fuji Electric Corp. of America. “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.”
The operator of the new charger, EVoasis, follows a full service model for its charging stations, which feature lounges for drivers, with food and beverage service and wireless internet access, as well as solar canopies and on-site electrical energy storage.