Electronics and Semiconductors

Video: Kempower to open North Carolina EV charging plant

09 October 2023

Electric vehicle (EV) DC fast-charging vendor Kempower showed a tour of its new Durham, North Carolina, facility before the plant opens.

The plant’s production lines and testing units will be used to build modular and scalable Kempower Satellite charging systems. The DC fast charging solutions factory for EVs as well as electric trucks, buses, boats and machines will be Kempower’s second production facility and will bring hundreds of jobs to the state.

Additionally, the factory is projected to bring revenue for Kempower in North Carolina and in the region while simultaneously cutting greenhouse gas emissions, Kempower said.

Kempower’s EV fast charging stations use its proprietary power unit that offers up to 600 kW DC power that can be distributed to as many as eight charging outputs via charging satellites with 25 kW granularity.

“Electric vehicle charging technology holds the potential to revolutionize the way we get around, reduce emissions, and pave the way for a greener way of living,” said Tim Joyce, president of Kempower North America. “Our new premises in Durham will allow us to meet the demand for reliable fast charging solutions and with research and development taking place right here on site, we soon be seen, as we are around the Nordics and the rest of the globe, as the leaders in sustainable transportation.”

The news of the EV charging is seen as one of the biggest issues facing the adoption of EVs. According to market research firm Juniper Research EV charging points in service is forecast to grow from 14.2 million in 2023 to 45 million in 2027 globally.

However, the market research firm identified a significant gap between public and home charger adoption with more than twice as many home chargers as public chargers in service by 2027.

This comes even after an increase in public charging stations across the U.S. and the recent moves to open Tesla Superchargers to non-Tesla owners due to deals with Ford, General Motors and Volvo to adopt Tesla’s North America Charging Standard (NACS). This could improve the situation but not be able to help with overall satisfaction of EV charging stations, which has an awful satisfaction rating currently due to poor performance, according to J.D. Power.

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