Fuji Electric Corporation of America announced it will introduce a new generation of UL-Certified 25kW DC Quick Charging Stations for electric vehicles, offering a slimmer, sleeker version to suit a wider variety of applications and site locations. The release will be the fourth generation DC Quick Charger for the power electronics manufacturer, having launched the first model overseas in 2008 before entering North America’s EV market in March 2012.
“Over the past five years we have remained focused on continually improving our product to adapt to the evolving needs of EV owners and station owners,” said Larry Butkovich, general manager of EV Systems for Fuji Electric Corp. of America. “We’ve taken proven technology from our other businesses and applied them in new ways, such as the use of our ultra-reliable power supply and high-speed MOSFETs in our DC Quick Charger.”
With nearly 90 years of industrial manufacturing experience, Fuji Electric has emphasized the importance of using heavy duty material in the construction of its charging station to ensure durability in public locations. The integration of ChargePoint in the DC Quick Charger offers users the convenience of locating and reserving available stations via ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone and Android, while easily managing the cost of charging, according to the company.
Two months after introducing a publicly available charging station at California’s Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano, station data shows a total distribution of nearly 2 MWh of energy, averaging five users per day. “The success we’re seeing with the charging station at the Residence Inn has reaffirmed our belief that the development of DC Quick Charging infrastructure is critical to the long-term success of the EV industry,” said Phil Charatz, president and CEO of Fuji Electric Corp. of America. “Fuji Electric will continue to invest heavily in R&D to manufacture products that will further enhance the EV owner’s experience and reduce the total cost of ownership for station owners.”
The UL-Certified charger was recently displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV and is compliant with CHAdeMO standards, meeting all requirements for both small and large-scale installations. The new model will be available for sale in North America in February 2013.