As EV tech advances, so does its charging needs. With this goal in mind, Chargepoint debuts a new 500 KW DC charging platform capable of ultra-fast speeds. ChargePoint has launched its new Express Plus Power Link 2000 DC fast-charging platform, capable of delivering charging speeds of up to 500 kilowatts and supporting high-voltage battery systems of up to 1,000 volts at up to 500 amps.
The system is made up of three main elements:
- Power Modules- 40 kW each
- Power Blocks- Up to five Power Modules per unit for up to 200 kW per Power Block
- Power Link dual-head dispensers- Can supply up to 500 kW of power when powered from three Power Blocks
The modularity of the system is crucial for efficient charging and dynamic power allocation between two connected vehicles, since power changes through a session.
Standard-wise, the new ChargePoint chargers can be equipped with any plug type (CCS1, CCS2, CHAdeMO, or NACS), while NACS conversion kits will be available for existing CCS1 stations.
ChargePoint says the new chargers feature a proprietary cooling architecture with liquid-cooled cables to deliver high power output for sustained periods.
Other highlighted features include preferential charger access via a reservation system and automatic payment functionality via “Plug & Charge”, on top of the standard authentication via card, app, or user interface.
The ChargePoint Express Plus Power Link 2000 DC fast-charging platform has already entered the market and recently debuted at the newly launched Mercedes-Benz High-Power Charging Network in the United States.
In the case of Mercedes-Benz’s premium charging network, the company has decided to use two Power Blocks per dispenser for a maximum power of up to 400 kilowatts (when charging a single vehicle).
Rick Wilmer, the COO of ChargePoint, said:
“With the deployment of Express Plus Power Link 2000, ChargePoint is setting a new standard by offering sustained, ultra high speed charging for all EV drivers. We congratulate Mercedes-Benz on the launch of their HPC NA network, and we look forward to boosting the availability of fast, reliable public DC charging on North American roads.”
Mercedes-Benz sees the ChargePoint chargers as a solution to build North America’s fastest EV charging network of over 400 stations with over 2,500 charging stalls by 2030.