Gravity to implement 500 kW EV charger ‘trees’ on US streets to grow network larger than Tesla’s

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NY-based startup and EV infrastructure specialist Gravity has launched a new line of universal EV charger “trees” it hopes will bring convenient charging sessions curbside on city streets. The deployment will start modestly, but Gravity is targeting a street charging network that is ” more expansive than Tesla’s current Supercharger network.”

Gravity Inc. is a startup focused on sustainable fleets and the infrastructure required to operate them efficiently. In 2021, Gravity began rolling out a fleet of all-electric Mustang Mach-E yellow cabs around New York City while partnering with building owners and parking operators to implement electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support individual drivers and large EV fleets.

At that time, Gravity was already teasing plans to open the “only true fast-charging site in Manhattan” to support the taxis and local EV owners. In October 2023, Gravity released a full suite of 500kW EV chargers, some of the fastest we’ve seen.

This technology caught the eye of Google Ventures (GV), which led to a successful seed funding round for an undisclosed amount a month later. Since then, Gravity has been able to roll out dozens of UL-Listed EV chargers in the US and made good on its word to open access to 24 500kW EV chargers at a new “Gravity Charging Center” opened this past March—hailing the piles as the fastest in the United States.

The charging center operates out of a Manhattan parking garage in which Gravity mounted its 500kW Distributed Energy Access Points (DEAPs) to the ceiling above existing parking spaces. Today, Gravity announces it has adapted its DEAP EV chargers into “trees” that can be easily installed curbside to make charging even faster and more convenient for city drivers.

EV charger trees
Source: Gravity Inc.

Gravity is rolling out EV charger “trees” in the US

The startup shared details of its latest EV charger rollout today, which includes 200kW and 500kW distributed energy access points as part of a universal on-street cable and mounting system.

These EV charging trees have a hinged swing arm that houses a cable that pivots down for curbside sessions. This offers local drivers easy access from the street, no matter their make, model, or port location. When a charging session is completed, the arm raises automatically, and the EV connector latches back onto the pole, out of sight and out of the way for passersby to trip over.

Gravity engineers worked alongside design firm Rangr Studio to develop the EV charger trees to alleviate issues some curbside chargers face around the globe. However, the network of this particular type of charger remains relatively small in the US, at least for now.

Given such a small scale in North America, Gravity believes even a modest rollout of its new EV charger trees will help it become the largest fast-charging network in the US. The startup boldly said that its goal is to expand the DEAP footprint to one day be more prominent than Tesla’s Supercharger network – one of the most prominent and dependable in the country. Gravity Inc.’s founder and CEO Moshe Cohen elaborated:

Right now, American cities are choosing the curbside charging that drivers will use for decades to come. Unfortunately, many are looking to obsolete overnight Level 2 charging with cables that clutter sidewalks and that don’t fit the needs of urban EV drivers. EV drivers require and deserve so much better. We took up the challenge of making every aspect of the on-street charging experience faster and better and can’t wait to deploy our new DEAP Trees by the thousands. With even partial adoption by American cities, this product alone could quickly become the largest fast charging network in America, eclipsing even the Supercharger network.

Similar to the parking garage infrastructure in New York, Gravity’s EV charger trees do not require any utility upgrades for installation and can deliver up to 200 miles of range in 13 minutes on a 200kW charger or 5 minutes on a 500kW charger. These rates are far faster than the Level 2 chargers currently operating around NYC, which deliver charge rates between 72kW and 150kW.

Both EV charger tree systems deliver 1,000V and are bidirectional-ready, offering future opportunities to send access energy back to city grids. Look for EV charger trees curbside, especially in New York City, and let us know if you spot one!

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