FreeWire kicked off its EPIC project in December 2021. In 2022, they plan to develop engineering, procurement, and construction and installation plans. Also planned are construction and installation of the FreeWire Boost Charger at two sites and development of a test and commissioning plan.
This project will finalize development for and demonstrate a direct current fast charging system (FreeWire Boost Charger) for electric vehicles at two Bay Area gas stations, one of which is located in a disadvantaged community. One of the demonstration sites will further leverage on-board battery storage to combine grid-down DC fast charging with full microgrid integration and controls. In addition, this project will reduce energy costs through peak demand reduction and demonstrate ability to operate critical site loads for at least two hours.
The project will directly reduce electricity costs for site hosts in comparison to conventional DC fast chargers. Power from the battery will be stored during cheaper off-peak periods, resulting in lower per kWh charges and lower
The project will directly and indirectly support multiple categories of reliability benefits for IOU ratepayers. For site hosts, the project will provide up to 160 kWh of on site backup power per unit that can be microgrid integr
The proposed system will be fully UL certified and compliant, ensuring that it is able to fully integrate into a grid power or microgrid scenario while providing the benefits identified above. Moreover, reductions in peak period