It is hoped the trial of the ultra-fast charger in Oradea will help lay the foundation for the spread of electric public transport and private vehicles in Romania.
The city of Oradea, Romania, is taking part in an initiative linked to the adoption of electric buses for public transit.
For six weeks, energy storage system integrator Nidec ASI is making an ultra-fast charger (UFC) station available at the bus terminal in front of its plant in Oradea.
Official testing of the ultra-fast charging for buses took place last month at an event attended by the mayor of Oradea, local authorities and representatives of Solaris, a European manufacturer of buses and trolleybuses, and supplier of the electric buses used in the trial.
According to Nidec, the UFC station – which can be developed locally – will help lay the foundation for the spread of electric public transport and private vehicles in Romania, helping to make the government’s vision of a green and sustainable future dominated by “all electric” technologies a reality.
The solution connects the charging points to the national electricity grid, minimising their impact and simplifying and speeding up the process of electrification of infrastructures for powering electric cars and heavy vehicles, while at the same time reducing operating costs, Nidec claims.
“We hope that the example set by the municipality of Oradea will inspire other cities in Europe and Italy, helping to revolutionise mobility as we know it today”
It is possible to charge cars, buses and commercial vehicles producing 100 per cent green energy and without drawing electricity directly from the grid, avoiding power peaks and resulting blackouts, the company reports.
The station is fitted with a battery storage system which acts as a ‘buffer’ between the grid and the charging point.
The UFC station can be connected to LV or MV grids and which, against an energy requirement of only 50 kW, can supply 320 kW of power to a vehicle, Nidec claims. New-generation car batteries can be rapidly charged to 80 per cent of their capacity in under 15 minutes. Vehicles may be charged in parallel or in series.
“Transformation has to come about through the widespread diffusion of ultra-fast charging systems, and we want to help steer this transformation by promoting the spread of the ultra-fast charger which can greatly accelerate the creation of an efficient and advanced charging infrastructure,” said Dominique Llonch, CEO of Nidec ASI and chairman of Nidec Industrial Solutions (NIS)
He continued: “We hope that the example set by the municipality of Oradea will inspire other cities in Europe and Italy, helping to revolutionise mobility as we know it today and providing a solution to the increasingly urgent need to reduce pollution and noise in urban centres.”
Nidec ASI has already installed a UFC station in Benevento, Italy, and reports it is working on the installation of other charging points in France and Germany.