ClipperCreek has added an access control solution to its HCS Series Level 2 charging stations. The ChargeGuard option, designed for fleet, workplace, multi-tenant, hospitality and residential charging applications, delivers key-based access control. It’s a $78 option for HCS Series chargers, which start at $565.
ChargeGuard is designed to be simple to use: plug the vehicle in, insert the key into the station and turn to start charging. The key can be removed, and power will be available until the vehicle is disconnected. The key can also be left in the “on” position for open-access charging.
Fleet managers can use ChargeGuard to restrict charging to specific fleet vehicles for data gathering. Multi-tenant housing managers can use it to restrict charging to eligible residents. Commercial property managers can utilize it to offer charging for enrolled tenants.
The ChargeGuard-enabled HCS features a fully sealed NEMA 4 enclosure, 25 feet of charging cable, and a separate wall-mount connector holster. It comes with a 3-year warranty.
“The HCS with ChargeGuard is a robust and cost-effective solution for companies who desire access control but do not want to pay high upfront hardware costs or ongoing network fees,” said ClipperCreek Sales Director Will Barrett. “ChargeGuard allows station owners to issue keys to restrict usage and control electricity expenses. It was developed in part based on feedback from employers who want to offer charging for their employees at an affordable price point.”
Insurance agent Eric Lu purchased the first ChargeGuard for commercial use. “I own a LEAF, and felt that installing a charging station would be very convenient for me and my clients,” said Lu. “I like having the key switch without the bother of being on a network generating codes.”