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Charging technology for e-mobility

02 June 2021

Electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure required are very topical today. Most evenings, you will see an advert for new electric cars on TV – and there are YouTube channels and podcasts devoted to all things new in the world of EVs. The challenge to the market from the consumer is that “cars do not have enough range and there are not enough charge stations”.

New cars are being designed with larger batteries and will be capable of higher charging rates, which will allow their charging time to be only a little longer than filling up at a fuel station. More charge stations are being installed every day, the upgrade to the Electric Highway by Ecotricity and Gridserve is in planning and will help massively at the motorway service stations. The transition to electric vehicles will help reduce air pollution, and the number of people suffering from air quality-related health issues.

To support the challenges detailed, every year, Phoenix Contact releases new products to the market. This year, its E-mobility range features products such as new inlets for the vehicle side to the new, modular CHARX AC controller. Phoenix Contact has also added additional CHARX power electronics and contactors for the DC charging applications, and new energy meters for single and three-phase AC charging.

The new CHARX universal inlets start with CCS Type 1 and 2, and, in the summer, will add AC inlets to the range. The CHARX CCS inlets give the vehicle the ability to charge at currents of up to 500A for a period, which reduces charging times for both cars and commercial vehicles. These new products allow more commercial vehicles to be electrified, helping to reduce air pollution in built-up areas... 

Read the full issue in the June issue of DPA. 


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