New electric car fast-charger can be installed anywhere

Hanno Labuschagne

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New electric car fast-charger can be installed anywhere

Volkswagen and electric utility company E.ON have revealed a prototype quick electric vehicle charger that can be deployed to conventional power sources without the need for additional infrastructure upgrades.

The companies detailed the new “plug-and-play” technology in a statement released on Wednesday.

The charger integrates a battery system, making it possible to install ultra-fast charging stations at a much lower cost without civil engineering or mains connection, the companies claimed.
 

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First electric vehicle in the USA was in 1890...… 130 years later and it still not cotton on.
 

Gaz{M}

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I see they hired Xzibit as their marketing consultant.

Yo, we put a battery in your charger, so you can charge your battery with a battery.
 

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how does charger make 150 kilowatts from 16-63 amps?
They use the wall power to charge a big battery slowly. Then you show up and drain the battery in the charger quickly at 150kW. It's like a giant powerbank.
 

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They use the wall power to charge a big battery slowly. Then you show up and drain the battery in the charger quickly at 150kW. It's like a giant powerbank.
The idea is actually brilliant if not expensive.
 

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The unit has two switched-mode power supplies and a 4000 KVA battery which operates at around 300V. When not charging the car, it replenishes the battery in the unit, so when it is attached to an EV, will deliver a substantial current and voltage to charge the EV's battery faster

Fast charging does reduce the overall life of the EV's battery

My cousin in the UK has an electric Volvo and Volvo UK installed a charging station in her garage. It was recommended to her that when she plug in the unit to the car, that she choose "regular feed" from the unit as opposed to "fast feed" or "ultra-feed" as it was pointed out that multiple fast charging sessions could substantially reduce the longevity of the car's battery
 

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Must cost a fortune and I don't see the benefits to a consumer. Rather just get a 100A service installed at your meter and put a proper fast charger in your garage. It would certainly be cheaper than another giant lithium battery.
 

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Its aimed at shopping centres, etc where there is insufficient power to charge many EV at once. Bound to be expensive. Science & Technology Magazine suggests prices around the £1200 mark
 

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They use the wall power to charge a big battery slowly. Then you show up and drain the battery in the charger quickly at 150kW. It's like a giant powerbank.
that's what i thought, so it can only charge one car a day, good plan.
 
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