Ekoenergetyka-Polska is building 16 charging stations with a total capacity of over 2.2 MW, including “probably the fastest charging stations in the world” for the city of Poznan. This includes pantograph chargers with capacities of up to 540 kW.
The order is in connection with the procurement of 21 electric buses by the local public transport company MPK in Poznan, Poland. Solaris is to deliver the 15 articulated and six standard length e-buses by the end of February 2020, and the city included charging opportunities from the start.
For the 16-million-euro order, the models supplied to Poznań will have plug-in charging sockets on both sides of the bus, which will ease recharging of several vehicles simultaneously and enables both the use of pantographs as well as plugging in at the depot.
The charging infrastructure will be set at three locations. The Jan III Sobieski bus station will feature two pantograph charging stations with 540 kW each. The Garbary bus station will come with a single station 270 kW pantograph charging station. The third location is the depot on Warszawska Street with two 80 kW depot charging stations and three mobile charging stations with 40 kW each.
According to Ekoenergetyka-Polska, the maximum charging capacity is real. In a test of the 540 kW charger from EC Engineering installed by ZU Instaltech, one of the buses charged at 533 kW and 790 amps. “The whole process was completely correct, which allows us to assume that it is the fastest charger in the world,” writes the company in the press release.
So far, Ekoenergetyka-Polska says it has delivered over 500 charging stations to 55 cities in 11 countries with a total capacity of almost 45,000 kW. This includes infrastructure in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, France, Russia, Singapore and Germany.