Ultra-Fast EV Charger Developer FreeWire Technologies Launches its New Global Headquarters, R&D, and Manufacturing Facility in Newark, California
【Summary】Electric vehicle charging solutions developers FreeWire Technologies, which is developing ultra-fast EV charging infrastructure that can operate using existing power grids, has officially opened its new Global Headquarters, R&D, and Manufacturing Facility in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Newark, CA.
Electric vehicle charging solutions developers FreeWire Technologies, which is developing ultra-fast EV charging infrastructure that can operate using existing power grids, has officially opened its new Global Headquarters, R&D, and Manufacturing Facility in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Newark, CA.
The Newark facility will focus on manufacturing and scaling FreeWire's battery-integrated EV chargers, as well as research and development to support the company's robust product roadmap.
The grand opening event provided the first look inside the company's new 66,000-square-foot facility. The Newark facility will help accelerate the development and introduction of FreeWire's new ultrafast charging and energy storage solutions. It will also hundreds of high-quality manufacturing and engineering jobs in electrification and clean energy.
FreeWire said the facility will be fully operational later this year. It also gives FreeWire a foothold in the booming advanced mobility technology region of nearby Silicon Valley.
FreeWire's New "Boost Charger 200"
FreeWire, which was founded in 2014, is addressing the growing need for ultra-fast EV charging infrastructure. The company unveiled its scalable, next-generation EV charger called the "Boost Charger 200" earlier this month. The fully-integrated charger operates using a low-voltage grid connection, but can output high current for ultra-fast EV charging.
What's unique about the high-power charger is it includes an integrated battery storage unit to boost output that allows seamless connection to existing electrical infrastructure. The unit uses the integrated battery as a buffer, which "boosts" the existing power at the site to deliver the highest power output available, according to FreeWire.
The integrated 160 kWh battery in the unit delivers charging rates up to 200 kW, which is much higher than the 19.2 kW of typical level-2 chargers.
The unit allows for the deployment of ultra-fast electric vehicles without additional construction costs or permits, such as building seperate transformer or utility substation to deliver current. FreeWire says the Boost Charger is the first battery-integrated ultra-fast EV charger deployed in the U.S.
The Boost Chargers offer around 6 times faster charging than conventional Level-2 charging infrastructure and can add around 100 miles of range in ten minutes for EVs that can accept the higher current. The chargers output up to 950 volts.
The Boost Charger can reduce installation costs by 20% and operating costs by 70% by avoiding costly electrical infrastructure upgrades, according to FreeWire.
The Boost Charger 200 features a combination of battery technology, power conversion technology, and software that optimizes electric vehicle charging, which also helps to lower energy usage. The chargers provide retail, fleet, utility, and municipal customers a fully-integrated, high-power and low cost EV charging solution, according to FreeWire.
"Freewire's innovative EV charging technology fills an important gap in the market and will help make it possible for electric vehicles to go mainstream," added David Hochschild, Chairman of the California Energy Commission (CEC).
The Boost Chargers also offer a smaller footprint. FreeWire says the chargers are 5X more space-efficient than conventional ultra-fast Level-3 chargers.
Installation of FreeWire's Boost Charger can be completed in as little as three hours depending on the site. The chargers can also be relocated to busier areas as needed to increase utilization.
FreeWire's business model is to sell the EV chargers to customers that will own them, including hotels, office buildings and municipalities. The high-power chargers will provide additional revenue streams, such as when installed at a gas station or shopping center.
The Boost Charger 200 can charge two vehicles simultaneously at 100 kW each and offers customizable port configurations, including CCS1/CCS2 and CHAdeMO.
"FreeWire has had a year of robust demand, and with this $20 million investment in our new facility, we are well-positioned for scale," said Arcady Sosinov, FreeWire Founder and CEO. "As state and federal policymakers set ambitious and necessary electrification goals to foster an electrified future, FreeWire, and our technology stand ready to meet this moment with the urgency and innovation it demands."
FreeWire's Boost Charger was recently recognized as a finalist in Fast Company's annual 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards in the transportation category.
Last month, FreeWire raised $125 million in Series D funding for its EV charging technology, including from leading asset manager BlackRock Inc.
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