Electric Era Technologies, a manufacturer of EV fast-charging infrastructure, announced the launch of the first of more than 10 commercial installations across the United States this year. Electric Era aims to install 10,000 PowerNode EV fast-charging stations across the U.S. by 2030.
The Plaid Pantry installation is the first deployment for Electric Era’s patented AC-coupled microgrid EV fast charging technology, which combines battery and grid power in real time to distribute to EVs when they charge.
The proprietary technology uses 25% of the typical draw from legacy EV chargers on the electrical grid, from 800 down to 200kW, allowing operators to avoid demand-based operating expenses and bolstering the reliability of aging infrastructure.
Electric Era’s dedication to data transparency is showcased on its website, with live updates on its station reliability metrics. Since its beta launch at the Plaid Pantry store in October, the PowerNode charging station exceeded industry reliability standards with 99.85% charging session reliability and more than 200 vehicle charging sessions.
A 10-minute charge from the PowerNode charging station can typically deliver 100 miles of range, depending on the vehicle’s age and onboard technology.
“Electric Era’s PowerNode EV fast charging station combines industry-leading reliability, low grid requirements, and the lowest total cost of ownership to enable a whole new business case for retailers,” said Michael D’Aurizio, investment director for climate technology at HSBC Asset Management. “This deployment shows why we invested in Electric Era, as they built a premium EV charging station for EV drivers with rocketry levels of reliability.”
The Electric Era founding team comprises former SpaceX engineers dedicated to delivering an evolutionary leap in EV charging with their PowerNode charging station technology and AI-optimized software platform, PowerNode-OS. The system enables lower operating costs and more charging sessions per day, unlocking new revenue opportunities for store owners. The stations support all payment types, providing a seamless and intuitive self-serve experience for drivers.
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