Sensors, 10-Year Testing Improve FLO Chargers

Charger anxiety is the new range anxiety. In this video, we speak with Nathan Yang, Chief Product Officer at FLO, about how the Canadian electric vehicle charging company is building out what it hopes will be a robust, reliable charging network across the U.S. and Canada. FLO’s strategy has two important aspects. First, the company uses hundreds of sensors in its chargers – each new FLO Ultra DC fast charger has around 250 – to monitor the stations in the cloud and, importantly, try to predict failures in the field before they happen. FLO also physically tests its devices to last between 8 and 10 years, compared to a three- or four-year lifespan for some of FLO’s competitors. Yang also discusses how FLO stations will soon be compatible with the new J3400 connecting standard, the North American Charging Standard promoted by Tesla.