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EV charging startup poised to supply Verizon

LOS ANGELES — Plug Zen, a minority-owned startup, is established to offer ten,000 of its Stage two electric powered-motor vehicle chargers to Verizon for sale at shops nationwide — when it gets the essential computer chips.

The Detroit-primarily based company, which shown its expandable charging units at the Los Angeles Vehicle Exhibit, this 7 days secured a agreement to offer the wireless telecommunications company. Assembly of the chargers, even so, may not commence until the next quarter, due to the fact of the chip lack, stated company President Kwabena Johnson.

“We are a modest company, a startup and [semiconductor suppliers] are going to prioritize their even bigger customers,” this sort of as Ford Motor Co., the place he utilised to work, and Basic Motors.

The crucial edge of the Zen Station, which has two plugs and is projected to expense about $800, is that it can be easily expanded with additional units to electric power up to ten motor vehicles at a time as EVs turn into additional prevalent, Johnson stated, earning it ideal for condominium structures, workplaces and fleet operators.

The plugs can also be changed with mats for wireless inductive charging, he stated.