E.ON, Clever Team Up For Ultra-Fast Charging (150 kW) Network In Europe

FEB 27 2017 BY MARK KANE 15

E.ON and CLEVER have announced a strategic partnership for ultra-fast charging infrastructure in Europe.

The main goal is to install several hundred “ultra-fast” charging stations operating at 150 kW (with an option for 350 kW in the future) along main European motorway corridors.

Frank Meyer, E.ON Senior Vice President B2C & Innovation (left) and Casper Kirketerp-Møller, CEO of CLEVER (right)

Chargers are to be installed every 120-180 km (75-110 miles) along motorways.

E.ON is international energy company with 1,200 public charging points and 39 fast chargers installed.

CLEVER is Denmark based e-Mobility service provider.

Both companies said also that invites more partners with the same ambitions to join this effort.

“CLEVER and E.ON share the ambition to take a leading role in shaping tomorrow’s transportation system in Europe. The common vision is to establish Europe’s first ultra-fast charging backbone for electric car drivers, and the first ultra-fast charger will already be installed this year. The two partners are in dialogue with a number of other parties. The formation and timing of the partnership and the shared ambition is, however, also linked to the growing demand from motorists requesting seamless and sustainable transportation alternatives. This is combined with the promise by multiple car manufacturers to market numerous next generation electric cars with longer driving range within the next few years. The number of electric cars on European roads is set to grow dramatically over the coming years, as European countries increasingly mandate CO2 emission reductions in transportation, and as EV technology further evolves.”

“The ambition is to create a unique and coherent pan-European ultra-charging network that is capable of accommodating the charging needs of both existing EVs and the next generations of long-distance EVs. Initially, the ultra-fast charging stations will offer 150 kilowatt (kW) of charging power with a modular upgrade option to 350 kW, following the technological development.

The intention is to connect several major European cities with ultra-fast charging services. The network is expected to become an important stepping stone for future European EV drivers who choose a greener means of transportation. The ultra-fast charging stations will initially enable charging of a full 400 kilometers range battery in only 20-30 minutes, and charging time will be further reduced as charging capacity is increased and vehicle technology also develops. The partners also plan to offer other related services to EV drivers.

Building new infrastructure is a large undertaking that requires large investments and access to the right locations. The two partners are therefore in dialogue with a number of e-Mobility players and other interested parties, inviting them to take part in the ambition to roll out Europe’s first ultra-fast charging network.”


Frank Meyer, Senior Vice President B2C & Innovation at E.ON said:

“We hope that our common ambition will lead to the first comprehensive ultra-fast charging infrastructure being established in Europe. A network of this magnitude not only requires solid funding and expertise, it would also be a game-changer for the growth of EV demand and a key blueprint for accelerating green and sustainable e-Mobility. This approach fits well with our strategy to make e-Mobility as convenient as possible for our customers. Partnering with CLEVER brings their longstanding on-the-ground experience and strengthens the innovative customer centric approach on e-Mobility,”.

Casper Kirketerp-Møller, CEO at CLEVER said:

“The transition and mass market adoption of electric mobility requires long-range EVs and a reliable ultra-fast charging network across borders. The car manufacturers will soon start to deliver the EVs, and we will utilize our experience since 2009 in building, operating, and servicing Nordic EV drivers to offer the best customer journey and charging experience for long distance electric driving across Europe. Teaming up with E.ON, one of Europe´s largest energy companies, is an important step towards accomplishing our vision to accelerate tomorrow’s sustainable mobility,”.

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15 Comments on "E.ON, Clever Team Up For Ultra-Fast Charging (150 kW) Network In Europe"

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Good luck!
Hope they can get it done.

Any interest in joining hands to install in Hyderabad, India but focused to charging three wheelers?

What kW speed do those three wheelers charge at? Just curious.

Of interest is the spacing of the proposed ultra fast charge network locations: 120-180 km, which is 72-108 miles.

40-50 mile spacing in more populated areas is ideal, while anywhere from 50-100 miles apart is fine for cross country high speed DCFC locations. I say this as analyst and student of next gen DCFC infrastructure.

Will these chargers be able to dial down the juice for smaller battery pack type EVs?

Yes, that is part of the CCS standard. The nameplate effect is always the maximum effect available.

It is up to the car to draw the effect it wants/needs/is able to receive. After hooking up, the car and charging station exchange info about effect offered, before the car starts drawing effect.

finally someone except Tesla cares about proper fast charging, it’s like a breath of fresh air

What is “ULTRA”fast with 150KW???

Ultra slow when everybody else has 350kW (and likely faster for Tesla).

Sounds like a great plan. It’s important to note that these “350kW” chargers only produce 350 amps, therefore a current Tesla car can still charge faster at up to 365 amps.

In order to charge faster than about 120kW requires:

1) a vehicle battery that can accept the higher power. There is no available car that can at the moment. The future Porsche MissionE will likely charge at about 220kW. A future Tesla with v3 Superchargers will charge faster yet.

2) the vehicle requires a method to dispute a LOT of waste heat energy. This can be done onboard the car, or with an external cooling system.

3) these “150-350kW” chargers require battery voltages above the current 400 volts used by most manufacturers.

Since they are restricted to either 350 amps (or 400 amps with a liquid cooled plug for a limited time), just to make 150kW requires a vehicle with a battery OVER 500 volts.

To make 350kW requires a vehicle battery over 1000 volts.

Most modern cars are 96 cells in series, which is 400v maximum, plus or minus 5v.

99s / 416v max – Roadster
96s / 400v max – Tesla 85-90-100kWh cars, NIssan LEAF, BMW i3, Kia Soul EV, Chevy Volt & Bolt EV,
92s / 386v max – 2012-2014 RAV4 EV
88s / 379v max – Smart ED, VW eGolf
84s / 354v max – Tesla 40-60-70-75kWh cars, Mercedes B-Class ED / B250e

The Ioniq and Chevy Bolt EV probably share the same 65ah LG-Chem cells; 288 in the Bolt, ??? in the Ioniq, but we don’t know yet

How many cells does Renault have in series?

96 cells in series for Renault.

That’s good, let it be. But skip the 150 thing and start with 350 KW right away, it will be the new minimum once the network is completed. EV tech move faster than infrastructure.

The only difference between the so-called “150kW” CHARGER and a “350kW” is the voltage.

It won’t make any difference is the cars don’t have over 400 volt batteries. They don’t now. Only the Porsche MissionE has been announced with a 2 x 400 = 800 volt battery, and Porsche is only talking about 220kW.