‘Future-proof’ UK rapid charge network due late 2017
A network of 200 rapid chargers, capable of being upgraded to offer eight times the charging speed of today’s quickest units, will begin rolling out along the UK’s major routes this summer.
The network is the result of a ‘multi million-pound’ deal between Basingstoke-based operator InstaVolt, and American manufacturer ChargePoint, and will put the first Express Plus charging stations at service stations and forecourts in the second half of this year.
ChargePoint’s Express Plus units are modular, designed so that they can be upgraded to add higher outputs by adding “Power Cubes” into groups of points.
Their cables are also liquid-cooled, and capable of providing up to 400kW – typical rapid chargers today offer up to 50kW – which means they can be upgraded to provide fast charging for the next generation of higher-capacity batteries.
Tim Payne, CEO at InstaVolt, said: “ChargePoint will fulfil two important criteria for us: the charging units are future-proofed so the units can be configured to meet the precise requirements of any site and can be scaled incrementally as demand for higher rate charging increases. This is particularly important as EV manufacturers begin to bring out new models with increased battery capacity.
“We are also committed to making sure the units are working 24/7 and so the reliability of the ChargePoint product is one of the cornerstones of our offer.”
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