Three new multi-vehicle charger options

InChargeEnergy's ICE Cube charging system

InCharge Energy announces the introduction of three next-generation multi-vehicle chargers – the ICE-600, ICE-480 and ICE CUBE – all of which are offered with the North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector option. 

“InCharge Energy is listening closely to what commercial fleets tell us they need. Our new charging solutions address a pressing need for more powerful solutions that charge a variety of fleet vehicles simultaneously and dynamically, even within constrained spaces,” says Nikolas Runge, CTO of InCharge Energy.

“As the industry and the demand for electrification grows, we continue to develop reliable, interoperable solutions that meet the needs of fleets of every size, with seamless charging experiences for drivers and fleet operators alike – so their vehicles are ready to hit the road on schedule. Our three new charging systems – including the ICE-600, with its ultra high charge rate and 10 EV simultaneous charging capabilities - are the most recent examples of just that.” 

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The company describes the chargers as follow

  • ICE-600: The ICE-600 split system is engineered to accommodate up to 10 EVs at one time, charging at either ten “Micro” single-cable dispensers or at five “Slim Line” dual-cable dispensers. The system provides dynamic power sharing offered in 60kW increments and, as a vehicle’s charging session ends, auto-reroutes the now-available power to vehicles still being charged. The Slim Line dispenser is capable of providing an ultra high charge rate of up to 500kW on a single connector and can be installed on a pedestal or near a wall. The Micro dispenser, capable of providing up to 180kW on one connector, can be mounted overhead or under a loading dock. When paired with Micro dispensers, the ICE-600 can also be utilized with the new external human-machine interface (HMI) terminal to manage charger access via PIN, RFID or credit card reader (CCR) verifications. This HMI will display the battery states of charge (SOCs) of all EVs being charged, together on a single screen. Customer deliveries of the ICE-600 are expected to begin in Q4 of 2024.
  • ICE-480: With the ICE-480, the power cabinet and up to four Slim Line dispensers can be positioned approximately 100 yards apart, with up to eight EVs plugged in at the same time – making this solution ideal for quicker “en route” charging or space-constrained depots. Four vehicles can be charged sequentially while four others are “asleep” in standby, to be “awakened” automatically by the charger once the other vehicle's charging session has been completed. With four vehicles charging simultaneously, power is shared dynamically in 120kW increments, with a single connector capable of providing up to 480kW if no other connectors are in use.  
  • ICE CUBE: The ICE CUBE is a 240kW split EV charging system with integrated battery storage of 200kWh, which can be optionally increased to 800kWh – ensuring that vehicle charging can still occur even during peak periods. The split system dispenser configuration has capacity for four vehicles to be plugged in at two dispensers, with two EVs actively charging while the other two are in an idle state. The charging system can utilize its local grid, a solar panel, power modules or battery packs to charge EVs – providing additional cost efficiencies and optimizing fleet availability. 
Hydrogen Fuel Cell & BEV Survey
The following survey was sent as a link in an email cover message in February 2023 to the newsletter lists for Overdrive and CCJ. After approximately two weeks, a total of 176 owner-operators under their own authority, 113 owner-operators leased or assigned to a carrier and 82 fleet executives and 36 fleet employees from fleets with 10 or more power units had completed and submitted the questionnaire for a total of 407 qualified responses. Cross-tabulations based on respondent type are provided for each question when applicable.
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