Take Espresso & Charge At Up To 120 kW DC From Espresso&Charge

APR 9 2015 BY MARK KANE 17



Charging power is going up in Europe as EVTEC introduces Espresso&Charge, a 120 kW DC fast charger.

With an additional AC plug and AC socket Espresso&Charge offers 180 kW total distributed between four cars.

Four types of plugs/sockets is the best visualization of how the charging options are complicated to cover all EV models.

“Support of all European, American and Asian charging standards: espresso&charge meets the variety of charging technologies currently on the market by offering all DC and AC charging standards – CHAdeMO, Combined Charging System (CCS) and AC Type2 Mode3 – in a single device. Compatibility with all electric vehicles is thus guaranteed.”

The DC part of the charger is made in Tesla Motors style, in which 10 kW modules together can be stacked from 20 to 120 kW.

Then, DC power is available for one (full power of up to 120 kW) or two cars (half power) on both CHAdeMO and Combined Charging System plugs as “Dynamic DC-Power Splitting” option.

For the US, there would be need to order J1772 AC and DC Combo plugs, although we don’t count on that setup being added to the espresso dispenser.

More on the unit can be found here.

espresso & charge

espresso & charge

Categories: Charging


Leave a Reply

17 Comments on "Take Espresso & Charge At Up To 120 kW DC From Espresso&Charge"

newest oldest most voted

Which dc charge systems can handle 120kw?

The better question is: which cars can make full use of the 120kW. Tesla with CHAdeMO adapter can’t, because the adapter is only rated for 50kW. All other cars don’t have the batteries to handle that much power… maybe the Audio R8 could with CCS will…

What’s so difficult to understand “for future electric car models”?

I… can’t… wait… 😉

SOUL EV is able with 100 kWh Charging

Basicly all. The specifications are flexible for upratings.

All of them. Chademo, CCS, Tesla, the Chinese standard.

Technically CHAdeMO is the only one that can’t. On paper it maxes out at 500V*200A = 100kW.

CCS maxes out at 850V*200A = 170kW

China’s GB/T 20234 peaks at 750V*250A = 187.5kW

Note that both CCS and China’s standard “cheats” a bit by specifying a very high max voltage. At typical charging voltages (~400V) you’ll see closer to 80kW.

Tesla doesn’t have an official rating for its connector, but the “135kW” superchargers’ stickers have 410V*335A = 137.35kW.

In reality, only the Tesla connector would be able to hit real world 120kW speeds given the high current rating.


with a 400V battery CCS maxes out at 8okW

sorry – I didn’t see it… you already said it.

Another interesting point is, that the CCS standard and connectors only go up to 200A. The battery voltage of EV’s is usualy around 400V, so in reality roughly 80kW charging is the maximum today.

So big question how they think it is possible to reach 120kW with this unit.

It is not very likely that the battery voltage of EV will change significantly in the future.

Man, I was expecting a built-in espresso machine in an RC station… But this is certainly better

It reminds me of the TARS Robot from Interstellar…

I will stop for the coffee even if the battery is full!

This is good that it can charge four cars at once. But it would be interesting to see see this machine working at full power.

I suspect this would be a great benefit to the 200 mile range rage leafs and Mitsubishi i-miev’s with greatly enlarged batteries.

Personally I view quick chargers as important as EV battery progress.

You are correct… as the number of BEV models increase, the need for infrastructure and progressing charge technology is critical.

Where’s the coffeemaker?