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: 12 DC Fast Charge Stations Added to Terrible Herbst Locations

12 DC Fast Charge Stations Added to Terrible Herbst Locations

30 Jun

Terrible Herbst Oil Company administers over 100 service stations and convenience stores that dispense gasoline through pump stations around the Las Vegas Valley.

NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge Station with both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo connector plugs

NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge Station with both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo connector plugs

The company recently partnered with NRG eVgo, GoSpace, Nissan and BMW to add a dozen DC Fast Charge stations at strategic locations in southern Nevada.

A map of the 12 Freedom Stations can be found at the NRG eVgo website, after zooming in on the Las Vegas area, at: https://www.nrgevgo.com/charging-locations

For electric car owners living in an apartment, condominium, or multi-family dwelling where their vehicle cannot be plugged in overnight to recharge, the NRG eVgo stations make refueling an electric car as easy and convenient as refueling a gasoline vehicle.

Each charging session on a local NRG eVgo Freedom Station costs $5.95 with a standard credit card, in addition to an incremental cost of 20 cents per minute for the fast charge service. Thirty minutes of charge time would cost a total of $11.95 to provide a new 2016 Nissan LEAF model SV or SL with a range of about 107 miles. The BMW i3, as well as older models of the Nissan LEAF, could recharge their battery packs in just 20 minutes for a range of about 80 miles at a total cost of $9.95.

Each DC Fast Charge station must be connected to an industrial grid power source that normally provides three phases of alternating current at 480 Volts from utility grid power lines. Polyphase AC current is converted to DC current inside the DC Fast Charge station before it is sent through the output power connector to the electric car charging port.
High-voltage DC power can be more quickly transfered to the DC battery pack inside each electric vehicle.

Tesla Motors owns and administers its proprietary SuperCharger network of charging stations across the country and around the world that can refuel a Tesla Motors vehicle battery pack to more than 200 miles of range in just one hour. Access to the electricity at SuperCharger stations for Tesla Model S and Model X owners is included in the purchase price, provided at no cost for the lifetime of their purchased vehicle. Buyers of the next-generation Tesla Model 3 mass-market electric car may have to pay for SuperCharger access as a tradeoff for a more affordable vehicle.

In Japan, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, developed a CHAdeMO protocol and connector plug for DC Fast Charging more than five years ago, that is an accepted industry standard in Asia and the US.

CHAdeMO connector plug on NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge station

CHAdeMO connector plug on NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge station

A Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV or Kia Soul EV will have a separate CHAdeMO DC Fast Charge connector port on the car, in addition to the standard SAE J1772 AC connector required on all cars sold into the US market.

SAE International, the standards body that developed the SAE J1772 AC protocol and power connector used around the world, has created its own version of a DC Fast Charge standard by adding two big connector pins to its existing five-pin connector standard. The new DC Fast Charge protocol proposed by SAE International is known as the Combined Charging System, or “SAE Combo”.

Automotive manufacturers in the US and Europe have voted to adopt this standard worldwide, actively competing against the established Japanese CHAdeMO standard. Look for this new DC Combo standard connector port on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car, as well as the BMW i3. The Chevrolet Bolt will have a larger battery pack, with a range of over 200 miles, that can be refilled by a DC Fast Charge station in about an hour.

SAE Combined Charging System connector plug on NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge station

SAE Combined Charging System connector plug on NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge station

SAE International believes this new standard to be more efficient, as only one connector is required to accept Level 1 and Level 2 AC sources, as well as a “Level 3” DC Fast Charge source.

NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge stations comply with both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo industry standards by providing both types of connectors. The matching connector is selected by the EV owner when initiating a charging session. Tesla Motors vehicle owners can purchase an optional $200 adapter that interfaces with the CHAdeMO plug connector standard from each Freedom Station, as well.

Nissan has also initiated a “No Charge to Charge” program that bundles Nissan LEAF sales with the NRG eVgo network. Purchase a Nissan LEAF model S, SV or SL with the DC Fast Charge package and Nissan will provide an E-Z Charge card that entitles the owner to two years worth of free DC Fast Charge system access.

BMW is also offering a similar “Charge Now DC Fast” program that entitles a BMW i3 owner to daily 30-minute sessions on the NRG eVgo network of DC Fast Chargers for two years.

After the customer chooses the appropriate connector plug from a diagram on the main menu of the DC Fast Charge Station, the next NRG eVgo menu requested a phone number during the initial menu interaction in order to send a text message to the user’s cell phone with the total purchase price that was deducted from the customer’s debit or credit card account.

Terrible Herbst Oil Company has modernized a dozen of its service stations in Nevada for the 21st century by offering gasoline, diesel and electricity to their customers at each of these sites.

NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

1 Comment:

  • Jun 30 / Dave Sharp

    Great information Stan. Kudos to Nissan for the 1st commercially viable EV, and Terrible Herbst for assisting with the roll-out of an EV charger network.They are making a difference in Nevada!


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