In mid-May, Homewood Resort’s Marina installed the first electric-boat charging station on California’s Lake Tahoe. The news is big. So big that Sean Marrero, president of Ingenity Electric, has a hard time containing his excitement. That’s because he thinks the charging station could become the standard-setting technology for similar stations all across the country.

“I think it’s the first marine CCS charger that’s anywhere in the U.S. It’s the first one that I’m aware of,” Marrero says. “It’s showing you what’s to come.”

The CCS charger on Lake Tahoe is one of the first to be installed in the U.S. and allows for rapid charging of electric boats.

CCS stands for Combined Charging System. It has a type of connector that, if an electric-powered boat is built to accept the connection, allows for rapid charging—basically, the difference between using a regular shorepower plug and having to let the boat charge slowly overnight, or using a CCS connector to get back out on the water much faster.

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