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August 20, 2020

FreeWire deploys Boost Charger at ampm California store

FreeWire Technologies has deployed a Boost Charger at an ampm fuel and convenience store in Lodi, California.

By Rhodri Morgan

FreeWire Technologies has deployed a Boost Charger at an ampm fuel and convenience store in Lodi, California.

The company says the Boost Charger is the first battery-integrated ultrafast EV charger deployed in the US.

By using the integrated battery as a buffer, Boost Charger is able to ‘boost’ the existing power at the site, delivering the highest power output in the region, while enabling deployment at any commercial location.

Boost Charger connects with ampm’s existing infrastructure, allowing the system to be installed in hours without requiring new grid power supply. Boost Charger can be powered from a single-phase connection and installed in places that previously could not support higher power demand.

“Fuelling stations and convenience stores have had very few options to provide EV charging until now,” said FreeWire Technologies CEO, Arcady Sosinov.

“With Boost Charger, EV drivers can get 100 miles of range in ten minutes and businesses can drive more revenue from new visitors to their store – all at a dramatically lower cost.”

As a fuelling station along two major highway thoroughfares in California’s Central Valley, the ampm site is placed to offer publicly accessible high-speed charging. California remains the top market for EV sales at slightly less than 50% share of the total US volume.

“We are always seeking ways to provide new, innovative services for our customers,” added ampm COO, Kevin Kapala.

“Offering ultrafast electric vehicle charging at our ampm stores supports our brand promise of delivering ultimate convenience.”

Ampm has more than 1,000 stores in five States and is owned by bp America, a subsidiary of bp.

Bp ventures first invested in FreeWire Technologies in 2018. The installation of the Boost Charger in Lodi, California, is the first of its kind and FreeWire expects to expand to additional locations this year and throughout 2021.

Boost Charger supports CHAdeMO and CCS connectors, which are compatible with all battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and Tesla models with an adapter. Driver payments can be made through the EV Connect network, RFID, or credit card.

Residents and EV commuters can fully charge any BEV in minutes, with access to the co-located ampm.

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