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A startup of former SpaceX engineers launches EV charging station in Oregon

10 November 2023
Electric Era CEO Quincy Edmund Lee tests the first commercial installation of its PowerNode EV charging station at a Plaid Pantry gas station in Portland, Oregon. Source: Electric Era

An electric vehicle (EV) charging startup whose founders are former engineers from SpaceX have launched the first in a planned series of commercial charging stations across the U.S. — the first of which was installed at Portland, Oregon’s Plaid Pantry convenience store.

Electric Era Technologies plans to open more than 10 fast charging stations at refill centers and stores across six states by the end of 2023, with a goal of 10,000 PowerNode installations in the U.S. by 2030.

Electric Era’s PowerNode technology is a hardware ecosystem that uses edge and cloud computing for high-speed EV charging. The operating system connects autonomous with modular and scalable hardware components, data streams and APIs. The technology provides integrated:

  • Charger management
  • Battery management
  • Autonomous fault detection
  • Open charge point protocol messaging

The installation at Plaid Pantry uses AC-coupled microgrid fast charging technology, which combines battery and grid power in real-time for distribution to EVs as they charge. Electric Era said the chargers use 25% of the typical draw from legacy chargers on the electrical grid, or from 800 kW down to 200 kW.

This allows for a 10-minute charge from a PowerNode EV charging station to deliver 100 miles of range.

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