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World Premiere: 800 Volt charge park by Porsche in Berlin

High Power Charging (HPC) via CCS is Porsche’s answer to Tesla. It is ultra-fast, ultra-strong and liquid-cooled

HPC-charge point-PorschePorsche drivers opting for the Mission E once it hits the road by 2019 will not have to compromise as Porsche is taking their mission rather serious. VW’s sports brand today opened the first public charging site featuring its liquid-cooled 800 Volt technology and we were at the launch.

Porsche Germany’s CEO Jens Puttfarcken’s vision is clear: “Once the E hits the market in 2019, buyers shall have peace of mind to travel around Germany in the first series electric car with 800-volt technology.” And preparations have started now at a brand-new branch in Berlin-Adlershof that includes the first public fast-charging park with the 800-volt technology developed by Porsche Engineering. The first two such charging stations with 350 kW capacity just opened in the south of the German capital. They cover 180 to 950 volts and also offer lower charging capacities such as 50, 80 or 150 kW all via the Combined Charging System (CCS).

The Berlin charge park is ready to accommodate another two high-voltage charge points, while two AC stations for Volkswagen’s plug-in hybrid models complement the site. All eyes will be on Porsche’s high power chargers however, and their futuristic design drawn up by Porsche Engineering was called “close to serial” by experts on site. Michael Kiefer, who heads the High-Voltage Systems at the Porsche subsidiary, clarified that the optics are in fact final because the system is already undergoing certification.

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Porsche’s 3rd centre in Berlin is now the site of Germany’s fastest charging stations

For Kiefer, high power charging based on 800 Volt is the future and it took him and his team of 70 two years to come up with a solution to the following problem: DC charging currents of several hundred amperes put an extreme load on the cables because they get so hot. At the same time, wire size is limited because the cables would become too stiff to manage at a certain point.

Porsche’s solution is to cool the charging cables as well as the entire area with a liquid made from a glycol/water mixture. If necessary, the same solution can also heat the cables to prevent them from rigidity in minus temperatures.

Adlershof, Berlin’s third Porsche center thus got the most powerful loading infrastructure in the Republic probably. It will be accessible during the store’s opening hours but will not go online autumn. Use will be free of charge at least until the back end is final.
“This facility marks the start of serial production of electric mobility at Porsche,” says Kiefer. Test runs with other electric vehicles such as the BMW i3 and VW e-Golf as well as prototypes of the Mission E will happen here in the future. Meanwhile, a second public facility is under construction at the sports carmaker’s U.S. headquarters in Atlanta.

Smart charge points and novel transformer in detail

The pioneering charge points with a CCS connector each, feature a display and card reader and also a heat exchanger and charging controller. DC counters for an accurate account of the current output are to follow. The six to seven kilo light cable has a length of 6.5 metres and is hanged high enough to not brush the ground. The coolant that runs underneath the sheath and envelops the inner cable is clearly feasible and reaches close to the contacts. The connector design is particularly handy and conveys high quality one would expect from a premium brand.

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Michael Kiefer, high-voltage expert at Porsche Engineering with CCS connector

To ensure 350 kW will be delivered consistently, the Berlin station has got its own substation that connects to the medium-voltage grid in this case. While conventional transformers rely on one coil, Porsche here designed the system so that each HPC charge point got its own. “This ensures that each charging point always delivers the full power of up to 350 kW,” explains Michael Kiefer and adds that the facility achieves a total efficiency of a remarkable 97 percent. In front of the dark transformer stand the so-called flexboxes with power electronics and cooling.

According to Porsche Germany CEO Jens Puttfarcken, the company is currently looking into equipping all the country’s Porsche branches with such 800-Volt charge parks. Two HPC charging stations could soon be the standard. Wherever there is no connection to the medium-voltage grid, stationery storage shall buffer peaks to guarantee the full 350 kW. Porsche will do anything but compromise, it seems. “There won’t be any power-sharing like at Tesla Superchargers,” says high-voltage expert Michael Kiefer, not without pride in light of this holistic approach. Porsche puts the bar high, this world premiere of High Power Charging shows.

Copy: Peter Schwierz
Translation: Nora Manthey

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“It’s been a combination of designing the ultimate taxi coupled with the EV angle.” – Interview with Chris Gubbey, CEO of LEVC.

LEVC-Logo-300-BlackLondon’s iconic black cab has just booked its ticket into the future with LTC, newly branded LEVC, launching the electric version with range extender called TX eCity. Nora Manthey spoke to CEO Chris Gubbey about working with Chinese verve in a traditionally British operation and the company’s ambitions to bring their electric taxi to markets beyond Britain. (more…)



LEVC: Geely designs electric cab to push beyond Britain

London-Taxi-640x350London’s electric taxi has been unveiled in its final design today and the Geely-owned subsidiary used the occasion for a revamp of the brand. Now dubbed LEVC (for London EV Company, formerly London Taxi Company), the firm hopes to extend its range beyond the British border and has found one new customer already. Dutch RMC put a pre-order over 225 so-called TX cabs in. Plus, the order books for the UK will open on August, 1. Nora Manthey was at the launch and spoke to LEVC’s CEO Chris Gubbey and Mike Hedges of Unite union of taxi drivers. In summary, LECV and London face three huge challenges: growth, competition, and charging infrastructure. (more…)




The world’s most car-centric region is Baden-Württemberg with its capital Stuttgart. It is where the German car industry’s hearts beat most strongly and has transported combustion engine technology and lastly diesel through its veins – so far. But this is to change due to players like Tesla, who is turning California into a centre of electric car making. On top, emission rules are being tightened worldwide and carmakers under scrutiny. It is in this climate, Clean Energy Wire set its media tour, which saw us travel to Stuttgart to learn, where the Germans are at when it comes to making a transition in transport. Our correspondent Nora Manthey reports.
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The world’s most car-centric region is Baden-Württemberg with its capital Stuttgart. After all, it is here that Bertha Benz drove the first Daimler and to this day it shelters Mercedes, Porsche and suppliers like Bosch or Mahle. The heartbeat of the German car industry can be felt most strongly here and has transported combustion engine technology and lastly diesel through its veins – so far.

But this is to change. It must due to players like Tesla, who is turning California into a centre of electric car making and innovation anxiously eyed worldwide. On top, the EU as well as regulators in Beijing increasingly tighten their emission rules and since Volkswagen has been caught cheating, the entire (German) industry has come under scrutiny.

It is in this climate, Clean Energy Wire set its media tour, which saw an international group of journalists travel to Stuttgart to learn, where the Germans are at when it comes to making a transition in transport. Our correspondent Nora Manthey reports. (more…)

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BMW launches second wave of electrification.


BMW CEO Harald Krüger at the annual press conference in Munich announced not only “the biggest model offensive ever” but also affirmed the carmakers commitment to electric mobility. “There is no way back,” he said. And thus, all brands and series will be electrified. (more…)

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Infrastructure Alliance: Engie takes over EV-Box.


French utility ENGIE acquired the Dutch charging infrastructure specialist EV-Box for a yet to be disclosed price. The deal has been finalised last night, electrive.com learnt. The acquisition is likely to lead to the creation of a new heavyweight for electric mobility in Europe.

EV-Box has installed over 40,000 charging stations in 24 countries to date. Founded in the Netherlands in 2010, the company has grown particularly strong in recent years. At the same time, EV-Box benefited greatly from the country’s electric mobility promotion, which led to a market for EV charging infrastructure early on. Currently, EV-Box employs more than 65 people. Its headquarters are in Amsterdam with more offices located in Antwerp, Paris, New York, and London. (more…)

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Urban Infrastructure – Part 4. LONDON: How to keep moving the masses by all means?


How do electric cars get cleaner energy and cities better air? The series Urban Infrastructure from electrive.com highlights the different strategies with which cities in Europe develop infrastructure for electric vehicles. After Hamburg, Stuttgart and Berlin electrive.com Editor Nora Manthey takes a critical look at charging infrastructure and transportation in London, the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom.

air quality crisis

Transport is moving in London, slowly at times, but move the British capital must by all means. Mobility is of the essence in a place that hosted 31.5m tourists in 2015 and has about 850,000 commuters flocking to the city every week day. A stand still is a disaster. Congestion is as pressing a problem as air pollution, and London keeps failing to meet EU standards.

Sadiq-Khan“Make no mistake: London is in the midst of an air quality crisis. Air pollution is permanently affecting children’s lung development and nearly 10,000 Londoners are dying early every year due to the long-term exposure of London’s dirty air.”

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Both the UK government and the recently elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, pledged to tackle the issue and put electric transport high on their agenda. The commercial level too, is taking an electric approach as initiatives like the sole EV charging network Source London experience new ownership.

Yet, London poses many a challenge to any concerted (electric) transport action due to its structure. Infrastructure here is a matter of public and semi-public transport as much as it is of private cars. All forms are increasingly electric – or shall become – but have to meet peculiar challenges in the British capital. (more…)




Volkswagen I.D. in Paris: an EV for the mass market in 2020.

Technically, everything is cool. Volkswagen has two battery-electric cars in it its line-up. The small and affordable e-Up! and the e-Golf with its 35.8 kWh battery pack that will continue to hold the top spot in its segment until the Chevy Bolt hits the road. The portfolio may not be enough to be considered a pioneer, but it would be wrong to charge the carmaker with inaction. At the Paris Auto Show, VW will show the next step of its energy turnaround strategy: the showcar I.D. will be the first model build on the modular architecture for electric cars (MEB). (more…)

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British EV market means business at LCV Conference 2016.


The LCV Conference 2016 was a very British affair. In its ninth year, it is where carmakers display their working models for attendants to test, where exhibitors show infrastructure solutions, policy concepts and technologies, and where key figures give speeches or lead workshops. Hence, it is a good start to assess where the Isles are at and where they might be headed when it comes to electric transport, with or without the European Union. For electrive.com, Nora Manthey visited the LCV Conference 2016 and came back with insights and impressions of the British EV market, its driving forces, and concerns. (more…)



Urban Infrastructure – Part 3. BERLIN: The analogue island in a digital mecca.

Urban-Infrastructur-Berlin-610x340-comHow do electric cars get cleaner energy and cities better air? The new series Urban Infrastructure from electrive.com highlights the different strategies with which cities in Germany and Europe develop infrastructure for electric vehicles. After Hamburg and Stuttgart, electrive.com Editor-in-Chief Peter Schwierz takes a critical look at charging infrastructure in Germany’s capital Berlin. The fact of the matter is, the self-proclaimed capital of electric mobility is still lagging miles behind its own goals – and the isolated application it put into place is far from ideal. (more…)




COUP – Bosch’s first scooter sharing conquers Berlin.


Automotive supplier Bosch is preparing to launch an electric scooter sharing in Berlin. Rumours were making the rounds in the German capital for weeks. Today, a camera crew and an electric scooter zoomed around Hackescher Markt – right in front of the office of electrive.com, the industry service for electric transport. The film team was out for promo shots apparently. Stickers on the sides of the black-green scooter point to the name of this new mobility offering: COUP. While the film team was tight-lipped at first, they eventually confirmed that this is the “new Bosch scooter sharing” and that its start is imminent. A website called joincoup.com is live but shows no content but the logo as of yet. A Bosch spokesman confirmed the brand’s belonging to the Bosch Group when questioned by electrive.com. He also said that the online content could “change tomorrow.” (more…)

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Car review: Hyundai Ioniq electric – Korea’s quiet stunner.

There’s a new competitor in the battery-electric segment: the Hyundai Ionic electric. We welcome it with open arms, since the selection for BEVs continues to be too slim and every newcomer deserves a round of applause. And we are happy to report that the Ioniq turned out well – it’s inherently consistent, efficient and well manufactured. And it shows what level Hyundai and Kia have reached, namely one quite high up – with ambitions to make it to the very top.




Urban Infrastructure – Part 2. STUTTGART: There is trouble in the air.

Urban-Infrastructur-Stuttgart-610x340-comHow do electric cars get cleaner energy and cities better air? The new series Urban Infrastructure from electrive.com highlights the different strategies with which cities in Germany and Europe develop infrastructure for electric vehicles. Our second stop takes us to Stuttgart in the south of Germany – a city that is literally suffocating from its own automotive success story and needs sustainable mobility almost more than any other city in the country. Award-winning journalist Michael Ohnewald was born in the region and takes a closer look an area that “is so begrimed with soot that there is no way around taking action.” At least the know-how is already there. (more…)




electrive.com supports Battery Testing Study 2016.

VoltaVision-Battery-TestingElectric mobility and stationary energy storage accelerate the battery market’s importance to new levels constantly. Hence, qualified testing of batteries becomes increasingly important as well. To provide all market players with an overview of the international market for battery testing, consultancy cigno network together with the University of Stuttgart is conducting an international study. The first such Battery Testing Study in 2014 was already recognised widely.

Now, it is taken a big step further: this year’s edition aims to depict and compare demand and growth of battery testing services worldwide. 
Laboratories are currently being surveyed. Companies, that have not been contacted but are interested to participate or to receive further information, find the questionnaire as well as excerpts of the 2014 study at www.cigno-network.com. A high number of participating labs not only results in a more avid market overview but is also an opportunity for battery testing institutes to present themselves to their clients. electrive.com, Europe’s leading industry service for EV experts, and its German branch electrive.net cover the Battery Testing Study 2016 as publishing partner and thus take care of the publication and distribution of the study.