Nidec ASI has announced the launch of a new Ultra Fast Charger (UFC) which it claims can recharge a new-generation EV in less than 15 minutes with minimal impact on the electricity grid.
The UFC connects to the national grid through charging towers, simplifying and accelerating the electrification process of infrastructures for supplying electric cars, and at the same time reducing operating costs.
The new Ultra Fast Charger acts as a ‘buffer’ between the electricity grid and the recharging tower and incorporates 160kWh of installed batteries with advanced power controls. It is the prototype of a new generation of ultra-fast chargers, which can be connected to LV or MV grids and which, against an energy requirement of only 50kW, can supply 320kW of power to a vehicle, thereby multiplying the power delivered by six compared to that drawn from the grid.
Nidec ASI claims that the system can rapidly recharge EVs up to 80% of their capacity in less than 15 minutes, guaranteeing the electric vehicles up to 500km travel, and also allows the recharging of two vehicles in parallel or three in series.
“We think it’s only a matter of time before the electric car comes to the forefront throughout the world,” said Matteo Rizzi, Director, Global Sales & Marketing, Renewables (PV, BESS & EV) of Nidec Industrial Solutions.
“In many countries – such as those of Northern Europe, the USA and, first and foremost, China and Japan, e-Mobility is already a widespread reality and responds to the ever more pressing need to reduce pollution and noise, particularly in urban centres.”