Efacec introduces new EV charger generation
The Portuguese charging infrastructure manufacturer Efacec presented a new generation of chargers, including an AC column for private or public use, an HPC column with up to 350 kW charging power and a DC station with three charging ports and up to 120 kW.
Efacec presents next-gen QC45 fast charger
At the EVS32, the Portuguese charging infrastructure manufacturer Efacec presented the second generation of its QC45 fast charger, which, according to Efacac, offers considerable improvements in hardware and software.
Efacec opens factory for fast-charging stations in Portugal
A new factory opened in the north of Portugal, where charging-infrastructure producer Efacec is planning to increase capacity to 3,800 fast-charging stations made per year with more to come. An investment of 2.5m euros made it possible and the expansion to the States is in the cards.
Fastned, General Motors, Bremen, Efacec, Smatrics.
Autocharge with Fastned: You may forget about those charge card/s, they are a thing of the past, and the apps too. At least at Fastned carging stations. The Dutch have introduced Autocharge, a function of CCS that recognises the electric vehicle and initiates charging automatically and also credits the session without further ado. Autocharge has been rolled out to a few selected users but soon, any car with a CCS charge port will be able to register for Autocharge.
Self-driving cars in New York City: General Motors wants to become the first company to test self-driving cars in NYC, where it will deploy a fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolt early next year. They will roam in a 5-square-mile section of lower Manhattan. Still an operator will sit behind the steering wheel just in case but Cruise Automation, that developed the software, hopes to learn from the more aggressive drivers and adverse weather conditions that make New York so different from San Francisco, where GM also operates driverless Bolts.
The H2 network grows to 41 stations in Germany as Daimler, Shell, and Linde launch Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station. It is located close to the motor way as well as the Mercedes-Benz plant. Three more stations are planned, in Munich and Cologne this week, then bringing the total number of H2 charging stations to 41 in Germany.
Mobile fast-charger: Efacec has developed a mobile fast charger. It is basically built into a towable container and the system can charge three vehicles simultaneously, while fed through the local grid or by a generator. Charging power is up to 320 kW (nominal) and 350 kW (maximum).
German-Austrian charging corridor: Smatrics has forged a cooperation with Smartlab so that customers using the latter’s ladenetz.de network can use another 1,200 charge points in Germany from now. The other way around, clients from Smatrics can charge at 400 more charging points in Austria.
Solaris, Dubrovnik, Efacec, Bolloré, Tesla.
Buses big in Belgium: Soon all buses in Belgium will be electrified it seems. After Volvo and ABB scored their biggest order to date with 90 electric buses and 12 chargers, it is now on Solaris. Transport provider Société Régionale du Transport (SRWT) has ordered 208 hybrid buses. The contract is worth 105m euros and includes maintenance. Solaris will deliver this September.
infobus.pl (in Polish)
E-scooter sharing: Croatian Dubrovnik ordered 100 electric scooter. Tourists and locals can book them via app from April onwards. 15 charging stops stand ready and double as rental stations. Testing has commenced since autumn, yet the city has not made any rates public.
marcopolo.de (in German)
350 kW charging: Portuguese Efacec builds charging stations and has already sold 44 units from its HV-Serie. It can charge with up to 350 kW and half of the stations have been installed in various projects. The series includes models with power ranges from 50, 160, 175 and 350 kW.
E-car sharing: In Singapore, Bolloré just scaled back its BlueSG EV sharing. Only 10 – 20 electric cars will be deployed this summer and not 125 as initially planned. But the long term strategy remains and shall see the French group set up 2,000 EV charging stations for 1,000 of its EV within four years.
Tesla landed in the UAE as planned and started to install Superchargers right away. One fast-charging station connects Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Destination chargers can be found in Dubai already.
GM, Daymak, Sendyne, Efacec.
GM and the Army update: Details have emerged on GM’s fuel cell cooperation with the U.S. Army. The vehicle to be tested is a Chevrolet Colorado Pickup that now runs on fuel cells. The agreement between the American carmaker and the military is to last several years.
detroitnews.com, electriccarsreport.com, gm.com
Carbon e-bike: Canadian Daymak presented its EC1 at the EICMA in Milan. The pedelec made from carbon will cost 1,899 dollars, a competitive price in both in the e-bike and carbon bicycle sector. It is even cheaper for kickstarter supporters (799 USD). The Electric Carbon One features a 24V battery and front hub motor. The latter can be replaced by a non-motorised wheel included in the price.
prnewswire.com, kickstarter.com (campaign)
Balanced batteries: Sendyne successfully applied for a patent for its new active cell balancing topology. It allows any cell in a pack to charge any other cell in a pack with maximum efficiency and minimal operational losses, so the cells reach a common state-of-of charge.
Efacec to go wireless: The Portuguese firm licensed Qualcomm Halo inductive EV charging technology. Efacec plans to commercialise efficient and interoperable wireless charging solutions based on Qualcomm’s technology for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Efacec, Plug-in car grants, Cotswold, CarCharging, Mysore.
Fast chargers for Belgium an the Netherlands: Portuguese company Efacec will deliver 60 of its fast-chargers QC45 to Dutch EV infrastructure provider Allego. The chargers will be installed at resting areas along Dutch and Belgium motorways in cooperation with EcoCare.
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Who get grants in the UK? There is some confusion about the definition of who the owner of a plug-in vehicle is, some criticise. It is the fleet manager who leases the car, or the leasing company who will receive government funding? Malcolm Pearson, group fleet director at Stoke-on-Trent based Holdcroft Motor Group, now called on the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to clarify.
Cotswold District gets two fast-chargers: The two electric vehicle charging points will be operational within weeks and cost four pounds (6.40 USD) to use. The UK district hopes the stations will provide a link between already existing infrastructure.
CarCharging has signed an agreement to operate and service 19 Blink charging points across seven locations in the city of Plano, Texas. The plug-in possibilities in question are all Blink Level II EV chargers.
Eight e-buses for India: Originally, the city of Mysore had planed to operate three electric buses by Chinese manufacturer BYD, but now decided to add another five. If the proposal gets the nod from the Ministry of Urban Development, the eight electric buses are expected to run on Mysuru roads next year.
Nissan, Solaris, Efacec, Plug Power.
E-NV200 for SMEs: Nissan is to launch the ‘e4Business’ online platform for small companies and start-ups to pitch their business to the Japanese company. The best ideas will receive marketing support. In France and Germany, the website is already running and successful applicants get a Nissan e-NV200 electric van in their company’s branding including a wallbox.
Solaris e-buses: The Polish manufacturer unveiled its new Urbino 18 electric. Four of those electric buses will serve in the German city of Brunswick where they are charged inductively with technology by Bombardier. Also, the Hamburg Hochbahn acquired two Solaris, the Urbino 18,75 electric. They feature a fuel cell as range extender.
busportal.sk (in Polish)
Light and compact charger: Efacec will present a new DC charger at eCarTec in Munich. According to the company it will be the “lightest and smallest in the market” – although the QC24S still weighs 55 kilos. The new charger is aimed at both European and North American customers. A CHAdeMO model is to follow this year.
Fuel cell financing: Plug Power is to offer financing packages together with M&T Bank for customers looking to purchase fuel cells, hydrogen refuelling stations and service agreements. Plug Power hopes to thus facilitate buying decisions of the fuel cell forklifts and its ‘GenKey’ service and infrastructure deal.
Mitsubishi, Solar Impulse 2, Suitcase scooter, KDS, Efacec.
Mitsubishi’s “mountaineer”: The Japanese have unveiled the ‘MiEV Evolution III’ with which they will compete at this year’s Pikes Peak race. The upgraded electric racer comes with 450 kW and is thus 50kW stronger than its predecessor.
Electric maiden flight: The ‘Solar Impulse 2’ solar aircraft has managed its inaugural 2.5-hour flight successfully. It is an upgraded version of the plane which carried Swiss Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg across the United States. In 2015, the two pioneers plan to fly around the world powered only by the sun.
bbc.co.uk, phys.org, youtube.com (video of take-off)
Suitcase scooter: Chinese inventor He Liangcai has filed a patent for his electric suitcase, which not only carries luggage but the traveller as well. It has three wheels and a steering wheel, transforming any trolley into a mini e-scooter.
System solution for e-buses: Kinetics Drive Solutions and Efacec Electric Mobility from Portugal partner up to deliver fully integrated systems for electric buses to bus OEMs. Their NexDrive system is designed to be implemented on various platforms, while minimising engineering efforts. Efacec’s first e-bus using the system is set for operation in July.