Honda Opens Its R&D Facility In Germany, ‘Future Proofed’ With A 150 kW Fast Charging Station

4 months ago by Mark Kane 19

Honda opened at its R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany fast charging station

A new “state-of-the-art 940V”  charging station set up at Honda’s Germany R&D facility is capable of delivering up to 150 kW of power, but as we understand it – across four simultaneous connections (we believe: 50 kW CHAdeMO + 50 kW CCS Combo + 43 kw AC Type 2 and one more lower power AC Type 2 inlet).

Honda opened at its R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany fast charging station

In other words, it’s not possible to charge an EV at 150 kW (perhaps it will be in the future), but rather four cars at a combined 150 kW.

And as one might expect for the an advanced”station, it also generate power via a solar carport canopy.

Honda’s long term goal is to have electrified powertrains (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell) in two thirds of its European cars sold by 2025.

The Japanese company still uses Fit EVs for test purposes.

“Europe’s most advanced public charging station for plug-in vehicles has been opened by Honda at its R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany. The station uses state-of-the-art 940V technology, enabling up to four vehicles to charge simultaneously with different types of connectors.

The public charging station is powered by renewable energy sources, including via a photovoltaic carport canopy. Its 940V capability can deliver up to a maximum of 150kW of energy across four simultaneous connections.

The charging station will be operated by Honda R&D Europe and is ‘future proofed’ for the next generations of electric vehicle technology. While the station can be used by current models of plug-in cars, vans, bicycles or scooters, its maximum high-voltage capability is designed to cope with the demands of future vehicles that have not yet been conceived.

Honda R&D Europe’s investment in the charging station is part of the ‘Smart Company’ research project within the city of Offenbach, which aims to develop more intelligent and efficient ways of using energy resources. The 940V capability will enable new possibilities for Honda’s internal research into electromobility, in line with its recently-announced ‘Electric Vision’ strategy.

Honda opened at its R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany fast charging station

In a later phase of the research project, Honda R&D Europe intends to install a new hydrogen filling station with integrated hydrogen generation at the Offenbach site. Like the 940V plug-in charging station, it can be supplied exclusively with power from renewable energy sources. It will also have intelligent back-to-grid energy storage and transmission capability for the local power networks.”

“The 940V public charging station was officially opened on 29 May 2017, at a ceremony presided over by Bernard Massberg, Head of Mobility for the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, and the Mayor of Offenbach, Horst Schneider.”

Yasunori Oku, Executive Vice President, Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmbH, said:

“We see Europe and especially Germany as one of the most important regions for expansion and progress in electromobility. Honda R&D Europe is intensifying its research efforts at its Offenbach site and is contributing to the rapid expansion of the public charging infrastructure.”

Heike Hollerbach, Director of the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection Bureau for Offenbach, added:

“We are pleased with the exemplary commitment by Honda to implement its flagship project here in Offenbach am Main. For us, electromobility is central to all measures for air pollution control, climate protection, parking regulations and municipal planning, and of course also for the city of Offenbach’s climate adaptation.”

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19 responses to "Honda Opens Its R&D Facility In Germany, ‘Future Proofed’ With A 150 kW Fast Charging Station"

  1. mx says:

    Maybe they could update and sell those FIT EV’s too.

  2. WARREN says:

    I wonder who makes those semi transparent solar panels? Would love them for my patio if they are stiff efficient.

    1. Alexander R says:

      Just google for these solar modules:
      LG NeON 2 Bifacial

      They are transparent (normal modules have a white background) and they even collect sunlight from the bottom side.

      Very beautiful modules for a carport or a veranda.

  3. buu says:

    it is Delta charger, dunno about internals of this one, but in Norway there are few with 200A aka 100kW capability

  4. gallam says:

    I count 32 solar panels on that canopy. That’s approximately 10kW of generating capacity providing at most 100kWH of power each day. That total will last at about 30 minutes at 150kW.

    I think the term for this is “green wash”. Honda could, instead, do the job properly and stop making themselves a laughing stock.

    1. Roy_H says:

      What are you trying to suggest, that other charge stations generate 10x or 100x more power from their canopy?

      Nobody does, and there is nothing wrong with doing what you can to reduce power requirement from the grid.

    2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      You should charge at solar powered Tesla superchargers instead. Oh wait, they are only plugged to coal&fracking powered grid and to diesel generators sometimes 🙁 Too bad, just like for giglefactory, cheap and dispatchable grid power wins over solar roof computer renderings for gullible fanboy investors.

      1. jelloslug says:

        Your short position must be suffering for you to make such a silly post.

    3. Tom says:

      It is counterproductive when advocates of a position are ignorant of their own position. It discredits the cause. At least TRY to be more informed even if that isn’t possible

  5. jelloslug says:

    Do you ever get the feeling that some companies just don’t get it?

    1. vdiv says:

      Honda will get it, eventually. They’re just very conservative and slow. It is to bad because they used to innovate and take risks quite a bit and now that they have better ability to do so they hesitate.

  6. CLIVE says:

    Honda is in maximum plaid mode.

  7. Stimpy says:

    Future proofed at 50kW is a rather comical statement considering that’s only a third as much power as the fastest public charger already in use today.

  8. Seth says:

    What surprises me is that there are apparently German registered Honda Jazz Electrics driving around in Germany. How about selling a few those in NL and Norway?

    They should still have the 22kWh SCiB batteries for really fast charging.

    1. unlucky says:

      They don’t sell them anywhere. They are closed-end leased. And they aren’t sending any new ones out anymore. They are in fact taking them back. Some day they will all be gone like EV1s.

      Hopefully Honda has some plans for new models soon.

  9. zzzzzzzzzz says:

    Sorry guys, you should read insideevs sometimes before jumping to conclusions 😉

    It looks exactly like rebranded Espresso & Charge charger:
    http://www.evtec.ch/en/products/espressoandcharge/
    http://insideevs.com/take-espresso-charge/
    It is also installed branded as Delta in Germany.

    Yes, it CAN provide full 150 kW if only one car is charging on Chademo or CSS and enough charger blocks are ordered to have 150 kW at all. It allocates power dynamically across the plugs if more cars are charging.

  10. Mark C says:

    “The Japanese company still uses Fit EVs for test purposes.”

    They should have plenty to choose from, they never sold any.

  11. Brandon says:

    This Delta fast charger can do up to 120 kW on just one EV, but obviously there are none that exist yet besides Tesla.

  12. zzzzzzzzzz says:

    >Brandon

    Tesla Chademo adapter is 50 kW restricted too and its internals don’t look like capable to handle more. They would need to design new one or extend their car outlets to standard CCS in Europe.

    Anyway, there are prototype CCS cars capable of more in Europe and these chargers provide some push to work on faster charging on car side.

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