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UK tests out liquid cooled 400kW EV fast charger tech

UK tests out liquid cooled 400kW EV fast charger tech

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By Nick Flaherty



Two 400kW liquid cooled faster chargers are to be installed at the Millbrook Proving Ground in the UK to charge prototype and production vehicles.

The 400kW Kempower Satellite Charger EV fast charger has a footprint of less than 0.25m² and will be continuously monitored via Vital EV’s new Occulus platform, with Vital EV carrying out over-the-air operating system updates and undertaking preventative maintenance to maximise reliability.

Vital EV commissioned the chargers, the UK’s first liquid-cooled 400kW systems, to be installed along with two 260kW chargers at the UTAC Millbrook Proving Ground. The proving ground was opened in 1970 as the main testing facility for Vauxhall and Bedford brands and is now owned by French vehicle testing company UTAC.

“At 400kW, our new charging hub deploys the fastest charge in the UK and the whole process – right the way from the initial conversations to putting it into operation – has been seamless, and their engineering teams have kept us in close communication with all the updates,” said Chris Polmear, Principal Engineer at UTAC.

Each of the four Kempower Satellite Chargers is dynamically powered by the 500kW Power Unit, which helps make best use of the grid supply. The two 400kW chargers are fitted with liquid-cooled cables which are rated to 500A and capable of 500kW short-term boost.

As part of the aftersales support, Vital EV’s Networks team will continuously monitor the status of the chargers via the Occulus charging management portal, and carry out planned and reactive maintenance – including over-the-air (OTA) updates – to maximise charger uptime.

www.vital-ev.co.uk

 

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