Chargemaster Reveals Ultracharger Fast Charger

SEP 17 2015 BY MARK KANE 20

Chargemaster Ultracharger

Chargemaster Ultracharger

Chargemaster is introducing its own fast charger at LCV2015 – the Ultracharger.

This new charger is equipped with three cables for all major standards (combo, AC Type 2 in Europe, and CHAdeMO) with power of up to 50 kW.


Chargemaster expects to build 1,000 units in its first full year


Sales plans are ambitious with 1,000 globally in first full year. Noteworthy is that Ultracharger will be the only fast charger manufactured in the UK (at the company’s plant in Luton, Bedfordshire), according to the press release.

Ultracharger accepts payment via contactless debit or credit cards.

“Measuring 120cm(H) x 60cm(W) x60cm(D), the Ultracharger is considerably smaller and lighter than previous rapid chargers on the market, meaning it does not need  planning permission to be installed in many instances.

Making life easy for EV owners

Electric vehicle owners will not only be able to access the Ultracharger via an RFID membership card, but also a contactless debit or credit card. It can also be controlled using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), meaning that on recognising a vehicle’s number plate, it will authorise the user and automatically start charging.

With an improved user interface, which has a large 12-inch touchscreen with graphical display, users will be greeted personally on screen when presenting their card to the Ultracharger. Owners will also receive a text message to inform them when charge has reached a pre-set level.

The Ultracharger offers three cables making it compatible with all EVs on the market that charge up to 50kW units. The design-focused unit is not only aesthetically improved on previous rapid chargers but also has cable retraction, removing untidy cables from view when not in use.”

Chargemaster CEO David Martell commented:

“We’ve always been at the forefront of electric vehicle charging, and we’re proud to unveil the Ultracharger, which takes the industry a massive step forward in terms of modernisation.

“We are proud to be able to manufacture these in the UK, supporting the local economy, while offering high-quality good-value rapid chargers to the electric vehicle market.”

“With a host of innovations, such as automatic number plate recognition and contactless payments, the Ultracharger will make life even easier for EV owners.”

Business Minister Anna Soubry said:

“Research and development is vital to the long-term productivity and growth of our successful automotive industry, and will help companies secure a big share of growing international markets like low carbon and electric vehicles. Ultracharger is a good example of this and I am delighted to unveil it at LCV 2015.”

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20 Comments on "Chargemaster Reveals Ultracharger Fast Charger"

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Speculawyer

So a ‘Supercharger’ does 125KW but an ‘Ultracharger’ only does 50KW?

Doesn’t seem very ‘Ultra’.

Anon

Maybe it’s more about the ultra-versatility of having multiple support for 3 different charging “standards”.

*shrugs*

Tony Williams

Or maybe the name is just marketing?

Martin

No, that never happens

Anonymous

Ultra Slow?

sven

I think we have a winner!

Dave K.

Ultra late…

Saabluster

“on recognising a vehicle’s number plate, it will authorise the user and automatically start charging”

So what’s to keep someone from making a copy of my plate and then presenting that to the machine initiating a a free charge for them but charged to my account?

Nick

It sounds like it’s optional.

Don’t enable it if you’re worried about such things.

Will

Seriously, who the hell is going to go and do that? You just cherry-picked a super unlikely scenario.

Jerico

There’re not really any news here, DBT from France, Circontrol from Spain and many others are already manufacturing this tri-format charger. The only advantage is the size, much smaller, and maybe the plate thing but who cares, we just need more on the streets!!

Micke Larsson

I totally agree. Not to mention the ABB Terra 53 CJG that has been on the market for ages.

R.S

I dont understand the intention of building 50kw chargers, Tesla needs 120kw, the Audi EV 150 kw, the Porsche even 300kw. And I don’t think the Bolt or the next gen Leaf won’t be able to handle around 100kw. Those 50kw chargers will be “the old, lame ones” in 2-3 years. Nobody will charge at those stations if something better is around and I think building 100kw chargers now would be cheaper, than retrofitting the ones we have now in 2 years.

JeffD

I could see something like this becoming a replacement for level 2 charging over time, especially if they can shrink it down even smaller to a similar size of an average level 2 unit.

Pushmi-Pullyu

R.S. said:

“I dont understand the intention of building 50kw chargers, Tesla needs 120kw, the Audi EV 150 kw, the Porsche even 300kw. And I don’t think the Bolt or the next gen Leaf won’t be able to handle around 100kw.”

Sure, but you’re talking about en-route charging, which means true fast charging. Even Tesla is installing some slow chargers, so-called “destination chargers”, which would be Level 2 or 3 chargers. Confusingly, Level 3 chargers are called “DC fast chargers”, but they’re not fast as compared to Supercharging. 50 kW charging would be too slow for Supercharging, but it’s a lot faster than most slow charging.

We need better terminology to distinguish Superchargers and other (future) true fast chargers from Level 3, so-called “fast chargers”.

Bob

no mention of the price… if they come at sub EUR 10k … it might have a shot.

Bob

Mike I

I don’t think there’s any chance it’s less than EUR 15k / GBP 10k / USD 15k

Chip

“access the Ultracharger via an RFID membership card, a contactless debit or credit card. It can also be controlled using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)”.

“Owners will also receive a text message to inform them when charge has reached a pre-set level”.

“The Ultracharger offers three cables making it compatible with all EVs on the market”

These common sense features will help EVs become mainstream.

With gas engine, any car can fill up at any filling station in any state with just a debit card.

BEV enthusiast’s plea about not being able to charge with just a credit card:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j941UIWlLPY

Ocean Railroader

In terms of electric car quick charger growth I would say as if now in the United States we are only get one new quick charger every other work. And on top of that 70% of them are in existing electric car charger hot spots less then five miles away from a existing charger.

Markus

To top it off, this ultra charger can only do 22kW on AC.
So it is an ultra lame charger for me.