Recargo, the parent company of the EV charging website PlugShare.com, is conducting a “soft open” usability test of their first ultra-fast DC charging location in California.
The preview opening is happening today and Sunday, October 20 and 21, from 9am to 4pm. The regular permanent opening date for the location has not yet been announced.
The new charging site is located at 8065 San Miguel Canyon Rd, Salinas, CA at the Prunedale Shopping Center. The charging spaces are located behind the CVS Pharmacy and Ace Hardware stores.
This site, with six ultra-fast charging spaces theoretically capable of up to 200 kilowatts, was built with funding from the Monterey Bay Air Resources District. Each charging space features a dual-cable pedestal with both CHAdeMO and CCS cables.
The actual charging rate is controlled by the vehicle being plugged in. Most cars today will charge at about the same rate on these chargers as they do on “50 kW” DC chargers but a few, like the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Kia Soul EV, and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric can charge somewhat faster.
Many, but not all, battery-only electric vehicles have CHAdeMO or CCS DC charging ports that can utilize these new chargers.
Recargo has plans for a string of other, smaller, new charging sites with funding from the California Energy Commission.