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.”