NRG eVgo To Ready Its Network For 100 kW Fast Chargers
Most of the installed DC fast chargers (CHAdeMO and Combo) to date have been in the range of 20 to 60 kW.
So far, NRG EVgo has installed 44-50 kW chargers, but according to Brendan Jones (formerly 20 years at Nissan and now with NRG EVgo) – “The very near future suggests that anything below 50 kW is not going to be considered fast charging,”.
One of the main reasons for that change in demand will be of course be larger capacity batteries inside longer-range EVs. Tesla already uses 120 kW+ stations to charge 85 kWh battery packs.
With over 350 DC chargers installed in the US, NRG EVgo is aware that this is just the early beginning in terms of size of the network and power.
“The future moves fast, and for EV charging that future is based on speed of delivery. EVgo’s vision of fast charging includes laying the groundwork for future chargers to deliver 100 kW. Our stations are designed to adapt to standards as they improve and shift with the rapidly evolving technology of both the charging infrastructure and the needs of the vehicles being charged.”
How long will we have to wait for the first non-Tesla cars to be ready for 100 kW and the first chargers capable of delivering that power with CHadeMO and Combo plugs?
The first EV already is on the market – the Soul EV, and Kia has already demonstrated its 100 kW charger in Europe. But the broad market take off is still years from now.
Source: Charged EVs