By Lee van der Voo
Sustainable Business Oregon contributing writer
ClipperCreek Inc., an Auburn, Calif.-based manufacturer of EV charging stations, is looking to expand sales in Oregon and Washington, and has nabbed Barry Woods, board member of Drive Oregon, to develop its Pacific Northwest territory.
ClipperCreek’s products differ from their Northwest competition in that the company doesn’t involve itself in electricity sales. ClipperCreek stations are a hardware-only product. That differs from many other charging station providers, companies that eventually plan to charge subscription fees, club memberships or mark-ups on electricity at public chargers.
“You have to join the club to use the system. We don’t think the market can sustain that,” said ClipperCreek President Dave Packard. “We don’t think that’s good for the industry.”
The company is instead marketing its chargers direct to manufacturers and to public agencies, companies and retailers interested in offering a charging outlet. Drivers who fuel up can swipe a credit card and pay base rates for electricity, or power can be offered compliments of the installer.
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