BRUSA claims the fast charger will be able to fully charge a typical electric car—one with about 150 km (93 miles) of range—in less than one hour without a special DC infrastructure.
Electric cars equipped with the BRUSA fast charger will be available to the customers in October 2012.
The new fast charger NLG6 from BRUSA Elektronik AG is the world’s first charger that operates on three-phase supplies and is small enough to be fitted on-board an electric car.
Two factors determine the charging time of an electric car: the size of the battery and the power of the charger. While the battery size varies depending on the type of electric car, the on-board chargers in Europe normally operate with a maximum power of 3.7 kW. Thus the charging times range typically between 6-8 hours.
Until now, fast charging with the power of 22 kW and above was only possible by using off-board DC charging infrastructure requiring extensive space and expense. In its new fast charger NLG6, BRUSA Elektronik AG has successfully integrated the required power electronics in a single and compact device that moves the fast charging infrastructure on-board electric cars of any size.
The fast charger itself requires no cost-intensive off-board infrastructure but can generally be used at all three-phase power supplies. Modern house connections and most public charging points are already equipped with the required power supply of 400 volt and 32 ampere. Of course, the fast charger can also be used with lower rated power sources (e.g. 3.7 kW).
The outstanding power density of 1.9 kW/kg makes the new fast charger one of the most efficient devices on the market. Although the NLG6 is a very compact device it offers innovative and cutting-edge features. Using the PLC technology, the fast charger is able to communicate through the charging cable and thus enabling various functionalities such as internet connectivity (e.g. when mobile network is not available) or intelligent charging (Smart Charge Communication according to ISO15118).
To be able to compensate for the increased availability of renewable energy sources and decentralized power production, grid stabilizing measures will gain importance in the future. The NLG6 is well prepared to bring stability into the grid with intelligent features such as idle and peak power regulation and bidirectional operation.
Since its foundation in 1985, BRUSA Elektronik AG has been exclusively developing and producing powerful and highly efficient power electronics and motors for electric vehicles. Many reputable car makers are amongst the customers of the Swiss technology firm, directly benefiting from BRUSA’s long-standing experience of engineering electric drivetrains. Their recent project with Volvo is just one example. As part of Volvos electrification strategy BRUSA successfully delivered more than 250 complete drivetrain sets that are now powering the Volvo C30 Electric fleet.