ChargePoint is planning a 3-megawatt plant for large electric excavators

CAMPBELL, Calif. – ChargePoint officials say they are supporting the Megawatt Charging System (MCS), making it the latest addition to ChargePoint’s DC fast charging lineup.

The MCS is a charging connector under development for electric vehicles with large batteries, such as semis.

The system is estimated to be able to distribute enough power to power nearly 1,000 homes, so the massive charging rate will help enable the electrification of commercial trucking, according to a press release.

“Megawatt technology is the first step toward electrifying the commercial trucking industry,” said Hussein Kazemi, CTO of Devices at ChargePoint. “Megawatt charging solves half of the trucking electrification equation. Companies developing electric trucks can now leverage this infrastructure to test and enable their vehicles to meet—or even exceed—the distances covered by internal combustion trucks.”

The MCS cable and connector will be available on ChargePoint’s Power Link 2000 stations, part of the Express Plus DC fast charging platform.

Initially, MCS will deliver up to 1.2 MW. The megawatt charging system supports bidirectional charging and will enable up to three megawatts to be produced in the future before vehicles capable of accepting such a charge come along.

The system is also designed for charging in marine and aviation applications.

ChargePoint’s megawatt charging system will be on display at the ACT Expo May 20-23 in Las Vegas. For more information, visit ChargePoint booth #3733 in the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and raised in East Texas, John Worthen returned to his home state for college in 1998 and decided to live his life in the Natural State. Worthen is a 20-year veteran of the journalism industry who has covered nearly every topic there is. He has a passion for writing and storytelling. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, bureau chief for a statewide newspaper and managing editor of a regional newspaper in Arkansas. Additionally, Worthen has been a prolific freelance journalist for two decades, and his articles have been published in numerous travel magazines and on travel websites.

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