Renault & Nissan Joins Ultra-Fast Charge Group In Europe


Renault ZOE

Renault and Nissan joined the E-VIA FLEX-E ultra-fast charging project in Italy, Spain and France, coordinated by Enel in collaboration with EDF, Enedis, Verbund and Ibil.

2018 Nissan LEAF – CHAdeMO charging inlet

The group is engaged in installation of 14 ultra-fast chargers with power output between 150 kW and 350 kW:

  • Italy : 8
  • Spain: 4
  • France: 2

The costs of the project are estimated at 6.9 million euros, co-financed by the European Commission.

E-VIA FLEX-E in some way complements the ordinary multi-standard fast charging project Eva+, launched one year ago in Italy and Austria with a goal of 200 chargers.

The most interesting part is not that there will be ultra-fast chargers, but that there is only Renault and Nissan on board, without the German manufacturers who are united on the IONITY ultra-fast charging project (400 in Europe).

Presence of Nissan must mean that the chargers will be equipped with CHAdeMO plugs, capable of 150-350 kW of power.

Renault ZOE – Type 2 inlet

Presence of Renault is a mystery, because the French company so far was using only low to mid-power on-board charging from AC (up to 43 kW Type 2). To use ultra-fast DC chargers, Renault ultimately needs to decide whether it will replace the Type 2 inlet with CCS Combo, like the German manufacturers, or if it will add a CHAdeMO inlet as support to Nissan.

“The “E-VIA FLEX-E mobility in Italy, France and Spain” project begins, for the installation of 14 ultra-fast charging stations in Europe, coordinated by Enel and co-financed by the European Commission. The aim is to test a network that enables new electric vehicles, with a range of more than 300 km, to travel long distances and to contribute to the development and spread of e-cars in Europe.

The project, presented by Enel as coordinator, in collaboration with the utilities EDF, Enedis and Verbund, the car manufacturers Nissan and Groupe Renault as well as Ibil, a Spanish company specialised in charging services for electric vehicles, was selected by the European Commission in the Connecting Europe Facility Transport 2016 call, obtaining funding that will cover half the investment required. The overall budget co-financed by the European Commission is about 6.9 million euros. Enel will invest 3.4 million euros in the project, which will also be co-financed by the Commission.

The installation of the ultra-fast charging stations (High Power Charging – HPC) will start by the end of 2018 at 14 sites: 8 in Italy, 4 in Spain and 2 in France. The charging stations will all be high power, ranging from 150 kW to 350 kW.

The network of ultra-fast charging stations of the E-VIA FLEX-E project will join that envisaged in the EVA+ (Electric Vehicles Arteries) project, also co-financed by the European Commission, which provides for the installation of 180 fast charging points (Fast Recharge Plus) in three years along Italian extra-urban corridors. The first 40 Fast stations have already been installed, making it possible to travel with an electric car along the Rome-Milan route, among others.

E-VIA FLEX-E is one of the initiatives promoted by Enel to boost the development and spread of electric vehicles in Italy, alongside its National plan for charging infrastructure that will involve the installation of about 7,000 stations by 2020, to reach 14,000 in 2022. The programme provides for widespread coverage of all Italian regions, with more than 2,500 charging stations installed throughout the country in 2018 alone.”

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24 responses to "Renault & Nissan Joins Ultra-Fast Charge Group In Europe"
  1. Texas FFE says:

    These new ultra fast chargers will probably be dual standard. The fast chargers between Rome and Milan mentioned in the article are already dual standard. With Mitsubishi and Toyota starting to build CHAdeMO capable cars, I don’t see the Nissan-Renault Group going to CCS any time soon.

    1. Mikael says:

      Renault is going with CCS. It’s unlikely that many of the ultra fast chargers being installed will be dual standard.

      These ones might be dual standard. Chademo is dead in Europe and flogging it would be silly.

      Why Nissan still hasn’t changed to CCS is a mystery. But they still don’t have any long range cars so it’s not until the 60+ kWh car coming later this year that Nissan really has to show their hand.

      1. Magnus H says:

        Chademo is still King in Europe, I believe.

        1. Joe says:

          standard in Europe is CCS. That’s it.
          The chademo network is still big, but all new projects will go for CCS 150 to 350kW

          1. a-kindred-soul says:

            With CHAdeMO you can now really “travel” in many European countries and a car with 200 or more kilometers of range. With CCS often not yet.

          2. Magnus H says:

            There are many standards for charging, there’s not one single standard. And I don’t think there will be either.

            CHAdeMO is increasing their highest available power too.

            1. Cosmyc says:

              CHAdeMO is already a universal standard.

        2. Thoralf Will says:

          CHAdeMO is dying in Europe.
          The only real BEVs that run on CHAdeMO here are Leaf (incl. e-NV) and Soul EV. Every other fast charging BEV has CCS (e-Golf, i3, IONIQ, Ampera-e).
          There have been no new cars announced with CHAdeMO in years in Europe.

      2. HVACman says:

        It’s political. Chademo is Japanese and Nissan is at its roots a Japanese company. I think there will be great resistance in Japan to switch to CCS. Toyota will also have to face that situation soon.

        Chademo is also dead in the US market except for Nissan’s vehicles (and the Tesla’s that use an adapter)

        I believe that ultimately Nissan & Toyota will “evolve” to resolve the conundrum by installing Chademo in their Japanese-market vehicles and CCS for the rest of the world.

        A “dual-head” standard will not last long. There is not a big profit margin in charge stations and when pennies count for charger costs, paying for and servicing two heads, two cables, etc. for each charge station will get old quick. The lesser-used heads will eventually disappear. And that will be Chademo, at least here in the US.

        Pluse there are cost and operational advantages to having a single combo port that handles L1 through L3 charging. Manufacturers are well aware of that.

        1. Magnus H says:

          Two heads does not need twice the maintenance, if the wear is per use of the charger head.

          My experience so far is that the DC/DC head unit and its software is the main culprit in bringing the station down, the charger head is relatively free of problem. That will hopefully change as the charger head unit becomes more and more stable.

      3. Reaf says:

        As always, the Orcs are chanting ‘death to CHAdeMO !’.

        The EU directive for public DC chargers to have ‘at least CCS’ was made by the Germans for the benefit of German vehicle OEMs.

    2. Jeremy says:

      Don’t forget that you can flexibly use the local standard. BMW i3 comes with Chademo in Japan for instance. That’s not difficult. You just need this modularity for China, because they have their own standard you definitely have to support.

      Btw.: Renault said they use CCS and they are in another project called Ultra-E which is CCS-only for HPC.

      1. Jeremy says:

        …and Renault is part of Ultra-E.

  2. mustang_sallad says:

    Chademo Toyota? Link please! ChargedEVs has photo evidence of a CCS Toyota prototype…

    1. john1701a says:

      Prius Prime in Japan offers CHAdeMO. That’s why there’s a blank spot and large door in the US version.

      Knowing that something else may emerge as a standard (like CCS) and the fact that there are so few high-kW charges anyway, it makes sense to have waited.

      Perhaps in the mid-cycle update.

    2. Texas FFE says:

      This article has a picture of a Prius Prime knockout for the CHAdeMO port, This article has a picture of the CHAdeMO port on the Mitsubishi Outlander It sure looks to me like Toyota is going CHAdeMO.

      1. Mikael says:

        Neither Toyota nor Mitsubishi has any EV on the horizon going to Europe. Short range PHEVs are irrelevant.

        Toyota has nothing even on the horizon. Mitsubishi might have a BEV coming in a year or two (anyone trying to bring up the sad excuse called iMiev will be put in the same room as the VW-monkeys). Then we will at least see what Mitsubishi plans on doing.

        1. Texas FFE says:

          I think you’re forgetting the e-Evolution that Mitsubishi is planning. With just Mitsubishi alone I wouldn’t expect to see much but with Nissan and Renault backing Mitsubishi we might see the e-Evolution go into production soon.

          1. Mikael says:

            Sooner than a year or two until delivery? 😉

        2. menorman says:

          Except that the owners haven’t gotten that memo and thus can frequently be found fast charging their vehicles.

        3. Reaf says:

          What makes you think that DC-charging capable PHEVs are irrelevant ? Have you ever owned one ? Do you know how they are being used in Europe and Asia ?

  3. Joe says:

    I don’t get it…with a total ending of nearly 7 millions euros for only 14 charging stations?
    500 000 euros per charging station…my god. It is hugely expensive. How can it be profitable?

    1. Someone out there says:

      The 14 high speed chargers is only part of the project. The entire project covers thousands of chargers of varying speeds.

    2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      0.5 million per site includes real estate and high power grid connection. It is what you would expect, nothing special.

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