Revolutionizing the electric vehicle (EV) charging game, Chargepoint is breaking speed barriers with the launch of the Express Plus Power Link 2000. This DC charging station, boasting an incredible 500 kW – double the speed of Tesla’s V3 Supercharger, is not just a charging station; it’s a sneak peek into the future of high-speed EV charging.
Partnering with the Mercedes-Benz HPC NA network, this innovation promises to redefine the landscape of EV charging infrastructure. It operates through “Power Blocks” housing multiple “Power Modules” that channel electricity to “Power Link” stations, providing a futuristic charging experience for electric vehicles.
Capable of delivering up to half a megawatt to a Power Link, this charging station can simultaneously serve two vehicles. Even when accommodating just one vehicle, its liquid-cooled cables and advanced “proprietary cooling architecture” can sustain a 500-kW charge for brief periods, ensuring an efficient charging process.
Mercedes-Benz, a pioneer in the EV domain, plans to operate these chargers at a maximum of 400 kW, aligning with the capabilities of its EQS electric flagship. While surpassing the charging rates of many leading EV models, including the Porsche Taycan and Audi E-Tron GT, it aligns with the charging speed of the Lucid Air, slightly surpassing the Tesla Model S Plaid.
The Express Plus Power Link 2000 isn’t just about the present; it’s an investment in the future of EV charging. Tailored for simultaneous fast charging of two vehicles, it aims to future-proof charging infrastructure for the next 5-10 years. The Rimac Nevera stands out as an exception, capable of handling the station’s impressive half-megawatt charge rates.
Mercedes-Benz takes the lead in this high-speed charging revolution with the first ultra-high-speed Charging Hub operational at its USA headquarters in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Welcoming vehicles of all brands, Mercedes-Benz’s commitment of over US$1 billion seeks to establish at least 400 charging hubs and 2,500 chargers across North America by 2030, marking a significant stride toward a faster, more efficient EV charging landscape.