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Efacec has inaugurated its new facilities dedicated to e-mobility with a total investment of €2.5 m. With this new plant, located in Maia, the company will increase its annual production capacity to 3,800 fast chargers, with the possibility of reaching up to 9,000 units, and plans to create more 340 jobs, related to new technologies and evolution patterns of mobility, by 2025.

To achieve a turnover growth of two to three digits annually in the next years, coming close to the €100 m barrier, is the objective of this strategic step.

The opening session was chaired by the Portuguese Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, and was attended by Efacec’s majority shareholder, Isabel dos Santos, and guests from electric mobility, energy and R&D areas as well.

This new plant strengthens Efacec’s export capacity to demanding and sophisticated markets, namely United States of America and Europe. Currently the electric vehicle chargers developed by Efacec are present all over the world. Through its Electric Mobility unit, the Portuguese company produces a complete range of electric vehicle chargers for private, public, fast, ultra fast and wireless segments.

It should be noted that Efacec takes part on the main electric mobility projects worldwide, namely in the European consortium led by automotive OEMs, which will install 400 large power charging stations on the main roads in Europe, and as well on a similar project developed in the United States of America, which will invest $2 b over the next 10 years in charging infrastructure.

Pioneer in the area of e-mobility and a world leader in the production of fast and ultra fast chargers for electric vehicles, Efacec materializes in this new plant its continuous effort on R&D and product engineering. This infrastructure, which incorporates the best practices from the technology and engineering domains, has been designed looking for a large scale production of fast charging devices.

Prepared to take advantage from a strong support of IT tools to the production process, the plant has different operational areas, namely R&D laboratories, dedicated areas for product engineering and final test and 3D printing for quick prototyping. The entire process is based on the Lean Manufacturing concept, seeking to continuously optimize layouts and work sequences and monitoring, control, efficiency and quality methodologies as well.

Circontrol presented its new DC quick charging station Raption 50 in the last EVS30 exhibition celebrated last month in Stuttgart. This new Raption 50 series includes modular technology, which allows higher uptime and increases flexibility, without sacrificing a stylish and modern design.

Meeting market demands

Circontrol’s third-generation quick charger has broken into the market to address the main problems identified by charge point owners or operators regarding fast charging and to make EV driver’s daily live easier. High speed and uptime, cool design and user-friendliness are its key attributes.

Higher uptime, availability and flexibility thanks to modular power technology

Unlike other quick charge units, Raption 50 series increases its uptime and the availability for users thanks to its functioning in state-of-the-art modular power technology with four individual power packs delivering 12.5kW each. Traditionally, rapid chargers operate via a single power pack, rendering a charger out of use if the power unit fails but the Raption 50 continues charging EVs at a lower output by drawing power from the functioning packs. Furthermore, due to its modular technology, Raption series also offers flexibility through scalable power so if a local power network does not support rapid charging or if a user only needs to draw 25kW of power it may adjust the supply. On the contrary, taking into account the future EV growing battery demands, Raption 50 is able to scale the chargers back up to deliver more power.

High performance without renouncing design

Designed specially to be placed where vehicles need to be ready to continue their journey in less than half an hour, such as fuel stations, road-side rest areas or airports, among others, the new unit completes an 80% charge in 30 minutes with simultaneous charging for two EVs at 50kW DC and 43kW AC. Despite its high performance, Raption 50 Series is smaller and slimmer than its predecessors.
In fact, its external appearance is one of its strengths. It has a sophisticated and slim enclosure but at the same time it is robust and ensures high durability. For this reason, this new series is ideal for any type of site, from the most stylish urban areas to industrial sites.

User and operator friendly

Another key attribute of the new Raption 50 is its usability. It has been developed with inputs from customers so it meets all their needs. For example, it includes a user friendly and ultra-fast 8” touchscreen daily readable with multiple language options; an inbuilt courtesy light for better visibility at night and/or secure charging connector holsters that can only be unlocked from the charging station with a verified RFID card or with the backend authenticate protocol, reducing damage to the equipment through improper use or vandalism. In addition, the Raption 50 emits no audible high frequency noise and the height of connectors/display has been adapted for handicapped. Due to all these reasons, user satisfaction increases considerably as well as operator’s.

Offering an intelligent and cost-effective solution for charging larger fleets during the night and ensuring zero emission transportation during the day, ABB showcases its new HVC-Overnight Charging products and smart charging functionality.

From 20-25 October on stand 816, Hall 8 at Busworld 2017 in Kortrijk, Belgium ABB will showcase its latest solution for charging electric buses, incorporating smart charging features with a future proof and modular design, safe and reliable operation and remote service and data management as part of the ABB Ability™ portfolio of solutions.

After 12 years of research and development in EV charging solutions and experience from commercial products in the field since 2010, the HVC-Overnight Charger offers a compact, single power cabinet paired with up to three charge boxes. This means that after the first vehicle has finished charging, the next will start charging automatically, maximizing vehicle availability and reducing the initial investment and subsequent operational costs.

Frank Mühlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging explains: “Policy makers across the globe are focusing on developing sustainable public transit solutions to tackle emissions in and around the most densely populated cities.

“At ABB we have always been at the forefront of developing state-of-the-art and cost-efficient solutions that meet our customers’ needs and enable us all to look forward to a greener future. The launch of our HVC-Overnight Charging products enabling a smart sequential charging is another significant step towards making this a reality.”

Designed with scalability in mind, the power cabinets of ABB’s HVC-Overnight Charger can be upgraded from 50kW to 100kW or 150kW at any time.

The chargers also come with an extensive suite of connectivity features including remote monitoring, remote management, remote diagnostics, and remote software upgrades. These advanced services from ABB Ability™ provide customers with powerful insight into their charging operation, and enable high uptime and fast response to problems.

Also being showcased by ABB at Busworld 2017 is the HVC-Opportunity Charging range, which offers high-power automated charging for both single and double deck electric buses from any manufacturer in as little as 3-6 minutes by using a pantograph coming down from the infrastructure.

In addition, visitors to the ABB stand will be able to find out about its innovative TOSA flash charging and on-board electric vehicle technology for e-buses. Electric bus lines can save thousands of tons of carbon dioxide per year when compared with diesel counterparts.

ABB has provided charging solutions as part of its drive to promote sustainable mobility since 2010 and has sold more than 6,000 cloud connected DC fast-chargers around the world for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

Orbis is introducing the first smart single-phase home charging stations VIARIS COMBI into the market. As standard, they are equipped with a charge modulator based on the home’s energy consumption, WIFI communications, time scheduling control to benefit from time-of-day electricity tariffs, and tactile activation sensor. VIARIS COMBI adapts the electric vehicle’s charging process to the home’s energy consumption in real time, so that it charges faster when the home’s demand is lower and vice versa.

In this way, VIARIS COMBI prevents the supply capacity being exceeded and the inconvenient power cuts due to power surges. In short, the highest charge is achieved in the least amount of time possible, without exceeding the supply capacity.

VIARIS COMBI is equipped with WIFI communications, so that the charging station’s consumption data and current status, the charging history and all the vehicle’s charging data can be displayed on your smartphone.

Additionally, this smart charger includes a time-of-day tariff control module. With this module you can programme the time slots when you prefer to charge your vehicle to benefit from the cheapest tariffs offered by your energy supplier. If required, you can override the programme at any moment to force an urgent charge.

Another interesting functionality offered by this charger is a smart home control input. VIARIS COMBI is equipped with an external control input that can be used to control the vehicle’s charging process. This function has been designed specifically to integrate the charger in a home automation system.
SUPPLEMENTARY TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION (ITC) BT-52 defines the protections that an electric vehicle charging station installation must include: differential circuit breakers and protections against overcurrents and temporary and transient overvoltages. VIARIS COMBI has been designed to house all these protections, without the need to install additional protection panels. In fact, there is an option to supply the charging station with all the protections defined in (ITC) BT-52 already installed.

In case of using schematic 2 of ITC-BT-52, where the charging station is directly connected to the utility’s meter, VIARIS COMBI can include an automatic reset device that enables the utility meter’s load limiter to be reset without having to disconnect the charging station, in the event of a limiter trip. When the supply is stable again, the charging station automatically connects to the grid and continues charging.

Available with one or two outlets, both for socket and hose connections. Thanks to its flexible configuration, VIARIS COMBIS can respond to all the specific needs of electric vehicle users.
When designing these devices, special attention has been paid to make them robust and easy to install and use. All these features, together with VIARIS COMBI ‘s attractive design, means that this charging station offers a a perfect blend of looks and efficiency.

Source: Orbis

Ingeteam is finalizing the launch of INGEREV® RAPID 50, the company’s latest multi-standard fast charging model for the INGEREV® electric vehicle product range. INGEREV® RAPID 50 is compatible with the CHAdeMO, CCS and Type 2 AC standards, making it the ideal solution for charging all types of electric vehicles. It is available in three different models (Trio, Duo and One), depending on the charging standard required. The INGEREV® RAPID 50 offers the possibility of simultaneous AC and DC charging.

Ingeteam has designed its INGEREV® RAPID 50 product range based on its extensive experience in the manufacture of power converters, thereby guaranteeing the optimal reliability and efficiency of its chargers.

The INGEREV® RAPID 50 features advanced local and remote communication capabilities via Ethernet, 3G and Wi-Fi for integration in local and/or remote control centers, payment platforms and charge managers using different versions of the OCCP protocol (customized or standard). Its 7″ TFT color touch screen improves the user interface and also offers an advertising option.

The charger design combines ease of use with maintenance simplicity. Its sturdy steel enclosure guarantees exceptional resistance in even the most adverse ambient conditions.

This inverter will be on show at the EVS30 fair in Stuttgart (Germany) from the 9th to 11th October, and is set go into production in October 2017.

Its key advantage over other chargers on the market is its reliability and efficiency, thanks to Ingeteam’s extensive experience in the design of electronic power converters for the wind power, photovoltaic, rail and marine markets, amongst others.

Ingeteam offers three different models for this charger (Trio, Duo and One). The Trio model is compatible with all three existing charging standards, CHAdeMO, CCS and AC, the Duo model includes CHAdeMO and CCS, while the One model only includes CCS.

To date, Ingeteam has supplied the market with more than 2,300 chargers from the INGEREV® range, including AC slow chargers and DC rapid chargers, installed in countries such as Spain, Italy, South Africa, France, Mexico, Turkey, Scotland and Australia.

Source: Ingeteam

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