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Efacec has just given a new step in the e-mobility field with the development of a new fast charger for electric vehicles, called QC45 Generation 2. This charging station is the 2nd generation of the company’s fast charger bestseller, with significant improvements in software and hardware domains.

With close to 4.000 fast charging equipment spread across five continents, mostly on the European and American continents, Efacec invests in the continuous evolution of its products to meet the current and future needs of the user of EV.

QC45 Generation 2 charger is characterized by usability, with better HMI design and improvement in the identification of the connectors; easy to maintain, with easier front access and to the components; new design, more urban, futuristic and high-tech and a layout that benefits the optimization of space, allowing the chargers to be placed side by side due the ventilation is no longer on the side as was the previous version of the QC45 charger.

The innovation and differentiating features visible in QC45 Generation 2 charger represent a new approach of Efacec in the fast charging field and will be present in all products of this line.

Source: Efacec

For around ten years, MAN Truck & Bus has been working on inno-vative concepts for supplying and removing material in the urban environment. Cities increasingly find themselves faced with the challenge of reconciling a healthy climate and their inhabitants’ quality-of-life demands with the transport of goods and deliveries in central urban areas. This problem involves developing ideas for re-ducing traffic at specific times and relocating it out of the city alto-gether, new approaches to the use of land, plus new transport and drive concepts. In view of this situation, MAN Truck & Bus has put forward a wide variety of ideas and studies from the truck and bus sectors in recent years. Advancing these ideas consistently, the sales of MAN’s first fully electric-powered production vehicle are now underway with the eTGE.

Around 70 percent of light commercial vehicles used in urban areas travel fewer than 100 kilometres per day on average. The average speed reached during this is low. With this in mind, the vehicle’s theoretical range of up to 160 kilometres covers about three-quarters of all urban-core transport. Sooner or later, as with mobile phones, it will be completely normal to plug a fully electric vehicle in to charge for the coming day – usually overnight.

Charging times vary. A 40 kW charging station fills a battery up to 80 percent in 45 minutes. The MAN eTGE can be restored to full opera-tional capacity after just under five and a half hours on an alternat-ing current wallbox. Approximately nine hours are needed for a full charge with 220V AC. With the relevant battery maintenance, the 36 kWh rechargeable battery only loses around 15 percent of its ca-pacity after ten years and around 2,000 charging cycles. Especially since individual modules of six or twelve cells can be replaced sepa-rately. The modules are located under the slightly higher load floor, as used for rear-wheel drive body versions with diesel engines.

The choice made for the electric front-wheel drive TGE was a per-manently excited synchronous motor with 100 kW maximum availa-ble power. It has 290 Nm of torque at its immediate disposal, which can also be used over the entire speed range, ensuring highly agile handling. Combined with the maximum speed of 90 km/h, this re-sults in fuel consumption of around 20 kWh per 100 kilometres.

In addition to the carrying capacity, the assistance systems have al-so remained unaffected by the electric technology. The eTGE comes with a comprehensive range of built-in standard equipment, includ-ing a navigation system, heated windscreen and other features that help to make driving easier and safer. Naturally, as with all TGEs, the emergency brake assist (EBA) continues to be installed as standard.

In the initial phase of the roll-out, the MAN eTGE can be ordered with the standard wheelbase and high roof. The product line is pri-marily aimed at fleet customers with a tailored service concept to tend to their needs. Initial customer enquiries and signed sales con-tracts have already been made for the MAN eTGE, which costs around €69,500. The first electric-powered vans from MAN are to be used for the first time in metropolitan areas of Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Norway and the Netherlands.

Groupe Renault has partnered with southern Europe’s first high power charging network, E-VIA FLEX-E. The aim of the network is to reduce charging times and promote long-distance travel across Europe in new-generation electric cars.

The project will kick off at the end of 2018 with the inauguration of 14 High Power charging stations in Italy, France and Spain, including eight in Italy, four in Spain and two in France. The extra-urban network will comprise High Power Charging (HPC) stations with a capacity of between 150 kW and 350 kW located along motorways and expressways.

Renault’s partners in the E-VIA FLEX-E project include ENEL, Nissan, EDF, Enedis, Verbund and IBIL. The project is part of the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport programme, which provides targeted investment in transport infrastructure to boost growth and competitiveness. CEF will fund half of the project’s total budget of €6.9 million.

Groupe Renault has supported the deployment of high power charging infrastructure for two years now in a bid to promote the use of electric cars. The Group has also partnered with the Ultra-E and High Speed Electric Mobility Across Europe networks in northern Europe, composed of 25 and 158 charging stations respectively.

Source: Groupe Renault

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

The 278 charging points set up every 80 km along Germany and Belgium’s main motorways, will allow drivers of electric vehicles to “refuel” and extend their car’s range. The total investment of the EU-funded cooperation is approximately €18 million.

Every one of the multi-standard fast-chargers spread out over four countries have AC and DC connections, allowing drivers to charge their vehicles’ batteries easily and quickly. Electric vehicles can be charge up to 80% on the charging stations within an hour.

Renault sells more electric vehicles in Europe than any other car manufacturer and had a market share of over 23 percent in 2015. Indeed, nearly one out of every four electric vehicles sold in Europe comes from the French manufacturer.

Under the leadership of the charging station operator Allego, the project Fast-E brings together nine companies in the industry, including three charging station operators (RWE Effizienz, enviaM and Allego) as well as four car manufacturers (Volkswagen AG, BMW AG, Renault SAS, Nissan Center Europe), DB Energie GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn and the Hamburg-based company hySolutions, which, as a competence centre in several charging infrastructure projects, is responsible for the integration of new drive technologies in urban transport. The quick-charging stations installed as part of the project employ the Combined Charging System (CCS) and CHAdeMO, each with up to 50 kW power output, as well as a type 2 connector with 43 kW power output. The project is expected to end in December 2017 with the completion of the accompanying studies; the charging infrastructure will continue to operate commercially thereafter.

 

Source: Renault

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