At 150 Kilowatts, It’s Triple the Standard DC Fast Charger
With the Potential for a Super-Fast 350-Kilowatt Upgrade
EVgo, which claims the nation’s largest network of high-speed electric vehicle chargers, reported an EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment milestone with the deployment of a 150-kilowatt research unit from ABB in Fremont, Calif. – “providing a charge which is three times faster than what is available today.” updated March 3
“The ABB charger will assist with next generation electric vehicle charging research,” EVgo says. Beyond the 150-kilowatt unit, there is potential for an upgrade to 350 kilowatts, the company says – able to provide about 20 miles of range with just one minute of charging.
“As automakers align on future hardware and service standards, the station will enable industry coordination and testing,” states the Fremont charger announcement.
‘First Step in Next Generation High-Power Fast Charging’
EVgo says it is “using the station to study utility impacts, installation standards, permitting, and building and safety requirements. It will also provide a demonstration platform for electrical certification committees and building code officials.”“EVgo has taken another first step in next generation high-power fast charging that will advance the entire electric vehicle industry,” said EVgo product strategy and market development VP Terry O’Day says in the release.
“Our goal is to enable improved fast charging service in the future, helping our automotive OEM partners provide even more convenient and appealing options to their customers,” he said.
‘A Critical Next Step’
EVgo says that it, and ABB, consider high-power fast charging to be “a critical next step in the evolution of EVs,” as automakers are introducing new electric vehicles with increased battery capacities and longer ranges.”
A prime example is the 200-mile Chevy Bolt, says ABB electric vehicle charging infrastructure marketing manager Heather Flanagan. She told F&F too that ABB supplies its chargers not just to EVgo, but to the entre EVSE sector.
Lucky Supermarkets Is the Fremont Host
EVgo has partnered with Lucky Supermarkets to install the charger at its Mowry Avenue location in Fremont, where the high-power fast charging station is now in service. The area has the highest traffic in the EVgo network, EVgo says, “making it a natural fit for the rollout of a next generation charging station.”
The high-power charging station utilizes a CCS/combined charging system (aka SAE Combo) connector. As a research installation, it is not open to the public.
Details at ACT Expo in May
Erin Galiger is electric vehicle charging infrastructure project manager at ABB. She’s slated to speak at a State of Charge: EVSE and Energy Storage session on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 3 at this year’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo conference.
ACT Expo 2017 runs May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.
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Source: EVgo with Fleets & Fuels follow-up