Increasing charging capacity to up to 450 kW – industry consortium develops technology that could make charging electric vehicles as fast and convenient as refuelling.

Jettingen-Scheppach. The industrial companies participating in the “FastCharge” research project yesterday presented the latest developments in the field of fast and convenient energy supply to electric vehicles. In the Bavarian-Swabian town of Jet-tingen-Scheppach, the prototype of a charging station with a capacity of up to 450 kW was opened. In this project existing electric research vehicles demonstrate charging times of less than 3 minutes for the first 100-kilometre range and 15 minutes for a full charging (10-80% State of charge (SoC)) at this ultra-fast charging station.

The new charging station is suitable for all brands of electric models of the type 2 variety (standard in Europe) in the globally used Combined Charging System (CCS) and can as of now be used free of charge.

The “FastCharge” research project, which began in July 2016, will be run by an in-dustry consortium under the leadership of the BMW Group, the members of which are Allego GmbH, Phoenix Contact E-Mobility GmbH as well as Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Por-sche AG and Siemens AG. “FastCharge” is funded in the amount of 7.8 million eu-ros by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The implementa-tion of the funding guidelines is coordinated by the National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW).