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Gravity opens US's fastest charging station to public in New York City – March 4, 2024 at 11:00 am

Gravity opens US's fastest charging station to public in New York City – March 4, 2024 at 11:00 am

Google-backed EV infrastructure startup Gravity Mobility has unveiled a fast-charging solution to the public in the US in an effort to attract fleet customers.

Gravity announced Monday that large fleet operators will have access to 24,500 kilowatt (kW) gravity chargers in New York. The devices can charge up to 2,400 miles per hour, or 200 miles per hour in five minutes.

The company can manufacture and deploy thousands of charging stations per year. In addition to the first location in midtown Manhattan, additional locations are already planned, the company said.

“If you look at how many (Tesla) Superchargers are added a year, we could add as many or more to expand our network. There's nothing stopping us from doing that,” Gravity CEO Moshe Cohen told Reuters.

Tesla has signed a large number of agreements with Ford, General Motors and many other automakers. All brands of vehicles allow access to a network of over 15,000 charging stations. Scaling to this level can be challenging.

Gravity plans to raise additional funds this year to expand its network of high-speed charging stations across the United States.

“Our goal is to expand nationally immediately, so we have a lot of interest,” said CEO Cohen.

Compared to the larger charging stations used by automakers and other EV charging network operators, Gravity's charging stations are about the size of a suitcase.

However, charging speed is limited to 350kW for most electric cars and it is expected that faster chargers will be able to be used in future models.

Late last year, EV charger maker ChargePoint announced its Express Plus PowerLink 2000 product, which can charge two vehicles simultaneously at 500 kW, while Tesla's Superchargers have a 250 kW range. (Reporting by Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Mrigank Thaniwala)

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