ClipperCreek may not be offering the least expensive Level 2 home-charging station on the US market, as it says it is, but it's not too far off the mark and gives the Golden State something to be proud of. The California-based company just starting selling its HCS-40 product, a 30-amp, 240-volt Level 2 charging station with a retail price of $590. The station is indoor-outdoor rated, includes a 25-foot long cable and comes equipped with a three-year warranty. ClipperCreek says installation is pretty simple, complete with two wall screws and three power wires. That makes the HCS-40 installable via any licensed electrician. Buyers can also pay an extra $19 for a connector holster. Cowboy up!

Whether the HCS-40 is apples to apples with the Bosch Automotive Solutions-made home-charging station announced earlier this year is another matter. In May, Bosch announced its Power Max product with a $450 starting price. That's roughly half what other folks had been charging for their Level 2 home chargers. That product was designed to work with all electric vehicles sold domestically and has both 16-amp and 30-amp configurations. Bosch began taking orders for the Power Max in May and started shipping the product the following month. Now that there's some lower-cost competition, check out ClipperCreek's press release below.
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ClipperCreek Introduces the HCS-40, Lowest Priced 30 Amp 240V Vehicle Charge Station Starting at $590

December 09, 2013

AUBURN, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ClipperCreek today introduced its latest product, the HCS-40, a 30 Amp, 240 Volt Level 2 electric vehicle charging station. The HCS is indoor/outdoor rated and designed to be the most rugged station available. With standard 25 feet of charging cable, a no strings attached 3 year warranty, and an easy 3 step installation process, the HCS can be installed anywhere by practically any qualified person for the lowest product price and lowest installation cost in the industry.

"The HCS-40 is truly ClipperCreek tough," said Jason France, ClipperCreek's CEO. "We have 16 years of field experience to know what happens to charging stations in the real world, and we went out of our way to develop a unit that could survive the worst abuse and still charge your vehicle every time."

For ClipperCreek low cost does not mean "cheap." The HCS-40 is built "American Tough", designed to be the last charging station you will ever need. With a fully sealed NEMA 4 enclosure the HCS-40 delivers power in even the most punishing environments. The durability of the HCS-40 is only shadowed by its best in class standard feature offerings like: 25 feet of charging cable, a no strings attached 3 year warranty, and an optional $19 connector holster for the utmost confidence and convenience while charging.

The HCS-40 is not only well-built, it is easy to install and simple to use. After the junction box is run from the main service, installing the HCS is a snap, just two wall screws and 3 power wires; any licensed electrician can install an HCS-40 in no time at all. No need to disassemble the unit or try to understand complicated installation instructions, in fact, no assembly required.

"We wanted to extend our low price, high quality design to the high power residential charging stations," said Dave Packard, President of ClipperCreek. "This product has it all, lowest industry price, longest charge cord, virtually indestructible enclosure and an integrated cable hanging system designed to keep the cable off the wall. We may not have been the first to offer a low cost 30A charging station, but we took our time and now we have the best on the market."

The HCS is available for immediate delivery.

ClipperCreek products are made in the USA, compatible with every vehicle, and automotive supply chain certified. As a leading supplier of electric vehicle charging infrastructure for over 16 years, millions of electric vehicle charge sessions have relied on ClipperCreek. Unparalleled quality, reliability, and superior customer service are core values at ClipperCreek. Visit our online store at www.buyevse.com where we offer the widest variety of charging stations in the market.

ClipperCreek products are manufactured in Auburn, CA, USA.


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      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have one of their portable 25 amp units and it works great! I made several adapters so I can plug it into almost any 220V outlet...
      rubley00
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering these things aren't chargers at all, just fancy relays, its about time.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love it. Hey guys, please get to 10kW (40A). Thanks.
        DarylMc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        Hi Rotation You probably know better than I do but why would you want a high powered DC converter onboard each vehicle. Especially when they already have much higher capacity DC fast charging inputs.
          DarylMc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DarylMc
          Hi Rotation Thanks for the info. I need to do some more reading on the various vehicle charging options.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DarylMc
          10kW isn't particularly high power. But the reason to have the charger (AC to DC converter/regulator) in the car is because it makes charge points (EVSEs) cheaper. The idea is the charger used a lot more of the time that way, because the owner of the car uses that charger nearly every night. The reason to have the charger (AC to DC converter/regulator) at the charge point (DC charging, including DC fast charging) is it makes the car lighter and the heat generated by conversion (which is substantial for DCFC) can be more easily dissipated. The cooling system for a 50kW (or more) DCFC is heavy and expensive, so putting it in the car adds a lot of cost, size, weight and thus efficiency. There is no single right answer. But the industry seems to have gone with low-power charger (10kW or less) in the car and high-powered chargers on the roadside. The low-power charger is pretty cheap and cost-effective since it is used nearly every day (whereas a roadside EVSE may be used only a few times a month). The high-powered charger on the roadside is more practical because the cost of it is probably too high to add to a car and fast chargers get used more often than slow-chargers too. A slow-charger can really only service at most a car or two a day (often 0) and a FC can service dozens.
      Scott R
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Bosch 30A with a 25' cord (comparable to the Clipper Creek) is currently $689 (online holiday special) but retails for $749. That makes the CC model a lot cheaper when you compare apples to apples.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very nice. I told 'yall they would become commoditized and the price would come down. I bet it can even go down further in time.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see the price of higher-amp EVSE units come down. I hope more local governments require new homes to include conduit for easily adding these chargers such that the installation of a home charger is a very low barrier.
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can you buy one before the tax rebate ends? And can you put a plug on the other end of it instead of having it hard wired?
        GoodCheer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan
        Easy enough to get a 'roll your own' NEMA 14-50 plug at Home Depot. Should be about $12.
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