Compact fast-charger combines transformer & charger
Scientists at the North Carolina State University have developed a particularly small and efficient fast charger for electric cars. Their so-called medium voltage fast charger (MVFC) combines a transformer and charger in one for charging with 50 kW and great efficiency.
Porsche presents modular fast-charging solution
Porsche Engineering has developed a fast charging system with modular building blocks so that it fits charge parks of various sizes and takes into account the grid and visitor frequency. It builds on the 800-Volt technology also used in their high power charging solution.
Australia’s Tritium opens European HQ in Amsterdam
Fast-charging equipment designed Down Under shall become more widely available in Europe as Tritium opens its new European office in the Dutch capital. It will serve as sales and training center but also includes testing facilities for carmakers.
China’s Xcharge to conquer Europe with 240 kW charging
China’s fast-charging startup Xcharge has announced plans to enter the European market – with a bang, if you ask the firm. The E-World in the German town of Essen will see the debut of the C6EU fast-charging device designed for the European market with a max output of 240 kW.
Fast charging stations in California.
In California, 652 DC fast charging stations stood when PlugShare counted them in March. The strongest standard is CHAdeMO (324) followed by Tesla (224) and CCS (104). Tesla itself says its Superchargers worldwide have so far provided 29.5 GWh of energy.
transportevolved.com (California), twitter.com (Tesla)
Fast charging, Renault, TU Munich, VanDutch.
Haste hurts: Structural changes that occur when charging li-ion batteries quickly have been made visible utilising a novel X-ray fluorescence detector. Researchers at DESY together with the German universities of Giessen and Hamburg as well as Australian CSIRO found out that damage to the inner structure of the battery material is clearly evident after only a few charging cycles.
EV modulations by Renault: The French carmaker has brought a modified electric range to the CV Show in Birmingham. The Kangoo Z.E. comes as a Panel Van while the Twizy Cargo has turned into an Ambulance featuring blue lights and a siren.
Efficient AC for EVs: The TU Munich in their Visio.M concept EV showcased efficient temperature management. Peltier elements in the seats provide heat or cold close to the passengers. Furthermore, the performance electronics are integrated into a holistic thermal management system.
Dutch electric yacht: Together, VanDutch and Aguri Technologies plan to create an electric yacht range, called Van Dutch E, which will be based on the Van Dutch 40. Still in the concept stage, further details on the electric yacht are not yet known.
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BMW i8, Power limits of DC quick charging standards.
Click tip: Consumer Reports puts the BMW i8 to the test, singing its praises and saying that it has “the best-sounding 3 three cylinder out there.” Still, it does not compare with the Tesla Model S – just like apples do not compare with oranges.
consumerreports.org (text and video)
Reading tip: How fast can you charge? Inside EVs tries to answer that question by looking at the different DC-charging standards and calculating their power limits.
EV Registrations worldwide, BMW i3 Reviews, Fast Charging Guide.
Click tip: The website Hybridcars.com lists the top six countries for EV adoption. Their rating is based on accumulated registrations dating as far back as 2003. Just comparing the year 2012 and 2013, the Netherlands lead with a spectacular growth rate of 338%, followed by Norway (129%) and Germany with 105%.
Video tip 1: Currently, the BMW i3 is every reviewer’s object of desire. Both ‘Xcar’ and ‘The Verge’ set out to test, if the all-electric BMW would live up to their expectations. The outcome of these first contacts were vividly captured on film and with words.
youtube.com (Xcar video), theverge.com (The Verge)
Video tip 2: In a new video, Chevrolet guides Spark EV owners through the DC fast-charging process, step-by-step. What is essentially plug-and-play comes enriched with information on state-of-charge indicators and even EV charging etiquette. Don’t say, you did not know…