Telefonix, an Illinois based company, is aiming at fulfilling interests in its own L1 Power Post, which according to the company will be the first Level 1 charging station designed for public. The company specializes in making retractable cord reels, and has now initiated a slow but steady approach to public plug-in vehicle chargers.
The Level 1 system runs with 120-volt current and uses a standard SAE J1772 connector, but adds only 6 miles of range per hour of charging to a typical EV.
The L1 Power post is cheaper compared to even the Level 2. The L1 costs around $1,500, which is 75 percent less than that of L2 240-volt chargers. However, charging from an L2 power post adds as many as 25 miles of range per hour.
Telefonix, which has been in the industry for the past 25 years, seems to have studied the market well. The company has noted that some of the hotels and airports do not require the speed of a Level 2 charger in most occasions.
And for them, the L1 charging station would be more than enough to provide enough juice on a normal working day to get EV drivers home. This explains why the company is betting on its L1 power posts and is luring cash conscious people and private business to buy the system.