World’s Largest Ultra-Fast Charging Station Opens In China

2 years ago by Mark Kane 22

EV bus charging in Xiaoying Charging Complex

EV bus charging in Xiaoying Charging Complex

Foton electric bus equipped with Microvast LpCO(R) battery system (PRNewsFoto/Microvast)

Foton electric bus equipped with Microvast LpCO(R) battery system (PRNewsFoto/Microvast)

Microvast (an ultra-fast charging battery supplier) presents its new, and largest “ultra-fast” charging station for electric buses in China.

Ultra-fast means 10-15 minutes for full recharge, and largest because there are 30 spots available to use at the same time – 25 ready to deliver 360 kW and 5 ready for 90 kW.

All our jaws drop at the sight of this charging station…

The new charging complex is located in Beijing to help improve air quality.

The buses are produced by Foton. Every bus uses the charging station after a few loops of operation (2-3 times a day).

We wonder how many of such charging stations China will deploy in the coming years? And will we see at least one such station in the U.S. or Europe in the near future?

“This now happens everyday in many bus terminals across metropolitan Beijing with the deployment of this cutting edge charging technology. Among all the ultra-fast charging stations, the newly opened charging station in Xiaoying Public Transit Bus Terminal is the largest.

Located in Chaoyang district, Beijing, built by China State Grid, this new charging complex covers an area of 26,500 m2 with its structures covering 1,575m2. Designed to satisfy the growing charging demand especially from the increase of ultra-fast charging electric buses departing from this terminal, this complex provides the infrastructure to charge 30 buses at the same time.

Originally a natural gas hybrid bus fleet, Beijing transit route 13 with Foton buses, like ten plus other major city bus routes departed from Xiaoying Terminal, now completely converted to ultra-fast charging full electric bus fleet. They join hundreds of other E-buses in Beijing already deployed using the same battery technology from Microvast.

After conversion to ultra-fast charging technology, the Route 13 fleet has improved operating efficiency while reducing Beijing’s GHG emissions. Each new bus takes only 10-15 minutes to complete recharging the battery. Charging each bus takes place 2-3 times per day, during driver breaks, with several route loops between each charge.

Compared to earlier battery swapping system adopted by Beijing to experiment on improving Slow-charge Battery E-bus’s operating efficiency and reduce down-time, the ultra-fast charging “battery + charger” system needs neither the investment and large storage space footprint for extra batteries, nor high cost complex with automated robotic battery pack swapping infrastructure, bringing obvious advantages to customers and utility companies with more rapid ROI.

With future facility and charging point expansions already planned out for 2016-2020, to accommodate more routes converting to fast charge EV, Xiaoying Terminal Charge station will play a greater role in the development of clean energy public transit system for Beijing in the near future.”

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22 responses to "World’s Largest Ultra-Fast Charging Station Opens In China"

  1. kdawg says:

    How many kWh in 15 minutes? How big are the batteries (in kWh)? And what chemistry are they using?

    1. PureElectricPower says:

      Read under the bus picture

      1. kdawg says:

        “LpCO” is just a trademark name.

  2. Benz says:

    More info regarding the battery pack of these buses please.

  3. PureElectricPower says:

    The battery chemistry is like those in i-Miev and Renovo Coupe electric car – Lithium Titanate.

    1. kdawg says:

      But they are doing something to the anode in their Gen2 battery.
      ————

      “We have developed Lithium Titanate based LpTOTM (Gen I) and special treated anode material based LpCOTM (Gen II) fast-charging Li-ion battery that exhibits extremely long cycle life as well as high charge/discharge rate capability.”

  4. jelloslug says:

    How long until someone with a diesel bus ices one of those spots….

  5. MTN Ranger says:

    The speed is okay but not great compared to some of the competition.

    The ABB system is robotic and offers up to 450kW charging for 4-6 minute charging of buses. http://cleantechnica.com/2015/10/22/abb-launches-robotic-fast-charging-system-for-electric-buses/

    Heliox has a system that does 500kW. http://heliox.nl/electric-bus-fast-charger-systems

    1. sven says:

      It looks like the battery pack is split in two and there is a fast charger for each battery pack. Wouldn’t fast charging two half-sized battery packs with two fast chargers be as fast as charging one full-sized battery pack at 2X the current via a single super-fast charger?

  6. PureElectricPower says:

    For 360kW the charging cable will be big. That’s why like we can see on the picture they use 2 cables for 1 bus. May be they use battery pack with more than 800V to charge with lower amps.

  7. SparkEV says:

    What isn’t clear is where the electricity is coming from. If it’s from nearby coal generators upwind from the city, pollution could be worse than gasoline or natural gas busses.

    1. AlphaEdge says:

      Beijing has closed all it’s coal power plants except for one I believe, which is due to be closed in the near future.

      1. Frank says:

        Nice to hear!

      2. paradize says:

        Beijing might have closed it but as per the below link,china still get majority of it power from coal.

        http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/08/beijings-smog-problem-is-even-worse-than-you-think.html

        quoting from article – “two-thirds of China’s overall energy comes from coal burning, according to the Energy Information Administration”

      3. SJC says:

        Beijing’s Four Major Coal-Fired Power Plants Will Completely Shut Down
        March 31st, 2015 by Cynthia Shahan
        http://cleantechnica.com/2015/03/31/beijings-four-major-coal-fired-power-plants-will-completely-shut/

  8. enerc77 says:

    Bad that the roof does seem to be PV covered.
    But given the air quality they do have those days, it’s a very good step.

  9. heisenberght says:

    Nice! Best thing is that in 5 years this will not be news 😉

    Still I have to wait for the 1 MW giga-rapid-charger headline…

  10. Bejing has much bigger problems than the GHG emissions from diesel buses, they need EVs (or maybe natural gas) to get rid of the air pollution that is immediately dangerous to public health!!

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/beijing-smog-red-alert-issued-schools-and-businesses-to-completely-shut-down-as-chinese-capital-a6763286.html

    If you ever find yourself in an argument with someone about the GHG emissions and whether EVs make a difference, change the topic and point out that EVs can solve the immediate problem of acute health effects of air pollution. Nobody except an idiot would try to dispute that!

  11. SJC says:

    I wondered why they do not come up from under the bus to charge, but I guess over head works too.

  12. Bill Howland says:

    10,000 kw, hummmm pretty stout bus station.

    But then they are probably charging 10,000 seats in 2 shifts so it works out to only being around 1kw/seat so its very cost effective.

    The 2 cables someone mentioned are most likely plus and minus since its the easiest way to do it.