New electric car charging station doubles capacity
ChargePoint – which claims to have the largest network of independently owned electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the world – just launched its CT4000 Series. It is designed to address two major issues – the cost of installation and the growing demand for charging spots. We are all for EVs. Yay environment!
Cumulative sales of electric vehicles reached 100,000 in May 2013, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Authority. In the first half of 2013 alone, sales of EVs increased by over 40 percent. With many major automakers manufacturing new electric vehicles, the number of EVs on the road will continue to increase at an exponential rate, and charging stations are not currently matching the growing demand.
“The electric vehicle market is accelerating at an incredible rate and electric vehicle infrastructure needs to not only pace that growth, but stay ahead of it,” said Pat Romano, President and CEO for ChargePoint. “The CT4000 Series changes the equation by offering more charging ports at every station while dramatically cutting installation costs.”
The CT4000 is the first charging station to offer a power sharing feature, allowing a single circuit to power a dual port charging station, which will double the number of charging locations without increasing installation costs. Other advancements based on customer needs include Clean Cord Technology – a self-retracting, maintenance-free, ultra-lightweight cord management system, which is a standard feature on all CT4000 Series models to make charging an easier and more convenient experience.
In addition, the CT4000 Series offers a first-ever customizable video feature on a color LCD screen allowing station owners to run video content of their choice through ChargePoint’s cloud service. Station owners can further customize their CT4000 series charger by using the built-in signage feature (also standard with all models).
The interactive instruction video for the CT4000 is consumer-friendly and available in English, Spanish and French.
Currently, ChargePoint has over 12,000 charge spots, including installations for Google, and a 70%+ market share of networked public charging stations, operating on their cloud service which supports a range of hardware from other manufacturers in addition to ChargePoint’s own selection.