https://insideevs.com/news/613621/chevr ... -chargers/Chevron And Texaco Fuel Stations Will Get FreeWire Fast Chargers
FreeWire's battery-integrated chargers are easier and less expensive to deploy.
FreeWire Technologies announced a new program "to make available" battery-integrated electric vehicle charging equipment and solutions for Chevron’s branded stations.
In effect, soon we should see FreeWire Boost Chargers deployed at Chevron and Texaco stations (both company-owned and independently owned retailer and marketer stations). . . .
The press release is a bit enigmatic, so we don't really know how the partnership will work nor how many chargers might be installed.
The recently launched FreeWire Boost Charger 200 is equipped with an integrated battery energy storage (160 kWh) and can charge at up to 200 kW (using CCS plug) or up to 100 kW (using CHAdeMO plug), or charge two vehicles simultaneously, each at up to 100 kW.
The main advantage of such a type of charger is a much lower input power requirement (at 27 kW AC), which enable deployment quickly and at a lower cost in areas where full power is not easily available.
Another thing is that such chargers might be used temporarily, just to check demand for EV charging (before big investments) - and this might be tempting for companies like Chevron. . . .
FreeWire Technologies' other partners, which usually are associated with internal combustion engine vehicles are bp and Phillips66. The ongoing electrification is simply a trend that can't be ignored.
Could be a reasonable idea at rural locations with intermittent usage such as U.S. 50 across Nevada, or as the article suggests to test whether upgrading the electrical infrastructure at a site is worth it, as these units are modular and self-contained. https://freewiretech.com/products/dc-boost-charger-200/
From the spec sheet's dimensions,
109 cm (43”) L x 101 cm (40”) W x 243 cm (96”) H
Cable Reach from Station 340 cm (134”)
Weight 1,720 kg (3,800 lbs)
it looks like all you'd need for installation per unit would be about a 4'x'4 concrete pad and some kind of protective barrier (posts, wheel stops) plus trenching for wires from the transformer. I'll be interested to check one of these out.