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Swiss Firm Develops Portable Rapid Electric Car Charging Station

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EVTEC Mobile Fast Charger

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As electric cars become more and more popular, there are an increasingly large number of firms selling electric car charging equipment, from wall-mounted domestic charging stations through to large, commercial rapid charging stations for parking lots, shopping malls and gas stations. 

Now we’ve heard via the TeslaMotorsClub that a firm in Switzerland has developed a portable rapid charging station. 

Called the EVTEC Mobile Fast Charger (MFC), it offers owners of the 2012 Mitsubishi i and 2012 Nissan Leaf a way to charge their cars up to six times faster than the level 2, 240V, 16A on-board chargers installed in the car. 

While it isn’t as fast as the 50 kilowatt D.C. Chademo stations now being installed across the U.S., the 20 kilowatt unit can operate anywhere a suitable 400-volt, three-phase power supply is located. 

Although it is technically a portable rapid charging station, don’t think you’ll be throwing it in the back of your electric car along with your suitcases or buying one to keep in your garage. 

You won’t. 

Then again, the unit isn’t designed for domestic applications (although we have no doubt someone somewhere will use it for just that). What it is designed for is situations where existing three-phase infrastructure can be utilized to provide fast, convenient electric car charging without expensive installation costs. 

It also offers hope to those needing a rapid charging station for special occasions such as track days, electric car rallies and large trade events -- as well as opening up the possibility of providing affordable charging for car-sharing projects and larger fleets. 

At €14,900 ($20,278) the 20 kilowatt rapid charger is hardly cheap, leading us to wonder if there’s a market potential for a firm to offer MFC rentals on a day-by-day basis to those who occasionally need a rapid charger.

The unit will also be available as a smaller, 10 kilowatt rapid charger which should provide an intermediate solution for those who cannot afford the more expensive version. 

The video below shows the EVTEC MFC being used with a European-style three-phase plug -- but we have been told that can be changed for an appropriate plug according to the market it will be sent to. 

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a portable Chademo specification charging station, but its arrival onto the market can only help drive down the cost of buying and supporting rapid D.C. charging for electric cars. 

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  1. Appears to be 5 times , not 6 times faster. Basically allows relocation of charger rather than car (up to a point). At 20 KW,
    only fast for small battery EVs like the Leaf, Volt. Would take forever to recharge Tesla 300 mile pack. Way too slow.
     
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  2. You are right. The Swiss should stick to watches and knives and let the experts: China and America (especially America) build the chargers and the batteries. If the Swiss can come out with a very hot and attractive electric car, then we may consider them. But at that price, they can keep it in Sweden.
     
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  3. Swiss should stick to wachtes ... and keep it in Sweden. Swiss - Sweden: still synonyms for you? ;-)
     
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  4. The Tesla built in charger is 18 kw and only requires an inexpensive EVSE (wall box) for safety. This "fast charger" costs 10 times more than an EVSE and is only 10% faster, if it even worked on a Tesla. Which it won't.
     
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  5. French firm also produces 20 kW mobile charger: http://www.comeca-group.com/media/fiches/Article%20Presse%20Chargeur%20rapide%20universel.pdf

    The Swiss unit is 400 V, whereas American 3 phase is 480 V, so at the moment this wouldn't work there.
     
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  6. "The unit will also be available as a smaller, 10 kilowatt rapid charger"

    The 10 kW version is apparently identical in dimensions to the 20kW version (38cm x 99cm x 88cm) but 14kg lighter.
     
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