Wallbox enters ultra-rapid charging w/ Hypernova column
Wallbox Chargers, a charging technology company from Spain, presents its first ultra-rapid charging column for public use. Named Hypernova, the HPC station can deliver up to 350 kW and expands the manufacturer’s DC product portfolio.
In October 2020, Wallbox Chargers had presented the Supernova, its first fast-charging station for public charging electric cars in cities with a charging speed of up to 65 kW. Supernova is set to enter series production this year, while the Hypernova will come to market in late 2022, according to Wallbox.
So far, the high power charger is on display at the IAA Mobility in Munich. Enric Asunción, CEO and co-founder of Wallbox, said he was “thrilled to unveil our fastest public charger to date, which can fully charge an electric vehicle in under 15 minutes.” He also hopes “Hypernova will be a game-changer in building fast public charging infrastructure,” and pointed to use on long-distance drives, much in line with the rest of the industry.
However, unlike similar HPC solutions like the charging columns from Tritium or Alpitroniq, Wallbox’ Hypernova offers only one charge point per column. Nevertheless, the company still claims it would charge faster than most competing products and stresses “advanced software”.
What seems more genuinely novel is Hypernova’s integrated cable management system. It stores the liquid-cooled cables inside the dispenser unit rather than keeping them hanging on top. Wallbox adds that it offers several authentication and payment options, including RFID, screen QR Code and credit card reader with worldwide acceptance.
Apart from ease of use and charging speed, the company notes that it designed the Hypernova with the future and longevity in mind. “Our focus in building this suite of public charging solutions has been to help charge point operators increase their revenue while reducing maintenance costs and providing future-proof solutions,” said Eduard Castañeda, CPO and co-founder of Wallbox.
Once in production next year, the on-sale will follow suit immediately. Wallbox Chargers has yet to publish pricing for the Hypernova.
So far, the company claims to have installed charging solutions for residential, semi-public and public use in more than 80 countries. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Barcelona, Wallbox says it employs over 700 people in offices in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
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