Schneider Electric launches fast charger for electric vehicles

Schneider Electric launches fast charger for electric vehicles

Summary: The EVlink DC Quick Charger joins a growing portfolio of EV chargers designed to provide up to 80 percent of a battery's charger in a half-hour or less.

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A new electric charging option from Schneider Electric can give electric vehicles up to 80 percent of their car battery's full charge in less than a half-hour.

The technology, called the EVlink DC Quick Charger, is being pitched as a solution that could be installed at shopping malls, public parking lots or even in traditional gas stations. The company also is pitching it as an option for corporate fleets and rental car companies.

Said Mike Calise, director of electric vehicles, power business for Schneider Electric:

"We know more DC quick chargers will improve 'effective range' of electric vehicles helping to solve range limitations and encourage wider spread adoption. With easy access to faster and reliable chargers, people will be more comfortable buying and driving EVs."

The charger can be configured so that it requires radio frequency identification (RFID) authentication or a credit card to be used. Schneider Electric focused on supporting the emerging standards for charging infrastructure including CHAdeMO and SAE J1772, so that the charge can be used with a wide range of electric vehicle models.

Schneider Electric isn't the only player on the market with a DC quick charger. Eaton, Efacec, and a leading European player, ABB, are among those vying for mindshare in this space -- which could help address the need for more charging infrastructure if electric vehicles are to develop a truly mainstream appeal.

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  • What is the actual charging rate?

    It's easy to charge a battery in 30 minutes if it is low capacity, but there are no standards (yet) for battery capacity in the auto industry. It would be better to describe the charge rate in engineering terms so that the Leaf OR Volt owner would understand their charge times, which of course are going to be very different.
    Mike Marquis
  • So, well have drive time of about 30 minutes, then a charge time of 30

    minutes, and, if you're going on a lengthy trip, you'll be adding "just" double the amount of time for the trip.

    Still a very long way from being practical. And, it's just "80%" of the charge, so, your trip will take a lot more than double the time.

    And, there will be those who want to justify EVs for local commuting, but, who in their right minds is going to spend $30,000 or $40,000, for a short trip vehicle? Only the rich could spend/waste money that way, so, this remains a system for the "rich". Somebody, tell Obama, quick!, that the rich are the targets for this EV insanity. He'll probably put a stop to something that benefits only the rich. ;)