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06 Jun 2024

Finland's Kempower Just Opened a DC Fast Charger Factory in North Carolina

06 Jun 2024  by electrek.   
Finnish EV charger manufacturer Kempower officially opened its first US DC fast charger factory in Durham, North Carolina.

Kempower already has three DC fast charger factories in Lahti, Finland, and the new factory in North Carolina, a leased 14,000-square-meter (154,000-square-foot) space, is its fourth. It will produce DC fast chargers for electric cars, trucks, and buses for the US and Canadian markets.

In the company’s first phase, it’s producing NEVI-compliant (National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure) Kempower Satellite charging systems that offer CCS, NACS, and CHAdeMO connectors. Kempower asserts that its chargers’ delivery reliability is over 90%, and charger uptime is over 99%.

At the opening ceremony, Governor Roy Cooper (D-NC) said, “Kempower’s new facility is a beacon of hope and progress, demonstrating what can be achieved when public policy, private innovation, and community support come together.”

In February 2023, Kempower said it chose Durham as its first US factory site for its “suitability of the environment for the technology industry, state incentives, sustainability, time zone, and availability of skilled labor.”

The Kempower Durham factory is expected to create around 300 jobs and estimated to add over $700 million to North Carolina’s economy in the next decade.

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