Nidec ASI brings to Romania its Ultra Fast Charger for fast charging of electric transport vehicles, for a more sustainable mobility

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The innovative system, developed by Nidec ASI and tested in an event with key stakeholders in the city of Oradea, has been chosen to experiment with ultra-fast charging of electric buses

Milan, 30 July 2021 – Nidec ASI, part of the Energy & Infrastructure Division of the Nidec Group, and among the Groups committed to the restart of the world of transport and logistics in a perspective of greater sustainability, participates in a test related to the adoption of electric buses for public transport promoted by the city of Oradea, Romania, providing for a month and a half an Ultra Fast Charger (UFC) station at the bus terminal, in front of the Nidec plant in Oradea. Thanks to the installation of this cutting-edge charging system, it will be possible to test the ultra fast charging of public transport vehicles, an important step towards a more widespread diffusion of electric mobility in Romania, central to the promotion of a sustainable development model. The official test of ultra fast charging of a bus took place on July 30 during an event in the presence of the mayor of the city of Oradea, local authorities and representatives of Solaris, one of the leading European manufacturers of buses and trolleybuses and supplier of electric buses for this experiment.

The Romanian government is investing heavily on electric power, especially in this delicate phase of revitalization, and it is in this context that the decision of the City of Oradea to launch this experiment, which provides for the next few months the use of electric buses on trial in the city. Nidec ASI is participating in this study, and has been chosen as a partner to test in particular the effectiveness of its UFC for ultra fast charging of a heavy vehicle.

The Ultra Fast Charger, that can be developed locally, thanks to an efficient and modular technology will help lay the foundations for the spread of public transport and private electric vehicles in Romania, translating into reality the vision of a green and sustainable future dominated by “all electric” technologies, and responding to one of the priorities of the Recovery Plan, that is to evolve the infrastructure in a green perspective as a prerequisite for making mobility in Europe more sustainable.

This innovative solution developed by the Group in its Montebello Vicentino plant in Italy connects, with minimal impact, the recharging stations with the national electricity grid, simplifying and speeding up the electrification process of the infrastructures for powering electric cars and trucks, while reducing operating costs. The UFC is positioned as a highly effective solution, capable of responding to the increased demand for energy needed to power the recharging columns and to the need to maintain the maximum stability of the electricity grid, ensuring high performance. In fact, it allows cars, buses and commercial vehicles to be recharged by producing completely green energy without drawing directly from the grid, thus avoiding power peaks and consequent blackouts.

 

The Ultra Fast Charger is equipped with a battery storage system and therefore acts as a “buffer” between the power grid and the charging station.

It is the most advanced example of a new generation of ultra-fast chargers, which can be connected to low or medium voltage electrical networks (LV or MV GRID) and which, with an energy requirement of only 50 kW, can supply the vehicle or heavy vehicle with 320 kW of power. The innovative system allows to quickly recharge the batteries of new generation cars, bringing them to 80% of their capacity in less than 15 minutes. It also allows to recharge vehicles in parallel or in series and, thanks to its small size, enables a widespread service able to meet the needs of distributed distribution of players in the electric car market. Nidec ASI is also able to propose smart charge management applications, which ensure the efficient and optimal implementation of all charging stations, even in the case of public use for buses or commercial vehicles.

Specifically, Nidec ASI will provide the municipality of Oradea with a UFC Powersafe 1.0 that integrates inside 2 battery packs of 79kWh each and equipped with a dispenser column with 2 outputs of 160W each (or 320kW on single output) and its certified meters.

“We are excited to participate in this important experiment with the municipality of Oradea and Solaris, in which we will be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of our technology, and in particular of our UFC, even for high powers. A test that shows that in Romania, as in Italy and many other European countries, the attention to sustainability and the evolution of electric mobility is very high. A transformation that cannot but pass through the widespread diffusion of ultrafast charging systems, and that we want to help drive by promoting the spread of the Ultra Fast Charger, which will give a strong acceleration to the creation of an efficient and advanced charging infrastructure. I am particularly proud that the city of Oradea has chosen our know-how and our solution to test fast charging of heavy vehicles. We hope that the example of the City of Oradea will inspire other cities in Europe and Italy, helping to revolutionize mobility as we know it today, providing an answer to the increasingly urgent need to reduce pollution and noise in urban centers,” said Dominique Llonch, CEO of Nidec ASI and President of Nidec Industrial Solutions.

Nidec ASI’s UFC, which is destined to spread rapidly on European roads thanks to a dense pipeline of projects under study, represents a safe and reliable ally for the green transport revolution. The Group has been providing electric bus charging solutions for years, has already installed an Ultra Fast Charger in Italy, in Benevento, and is working on the installation of other charging stations in France and Germany. Nidec ASI is also directly committed to this mission through a process of evolution of the group itself, which includes the renewal of the corporate fleet, making it 100% electric, and the installation of two UFC in the Milan and Montebello offices, for private use.

The Group is active at 360° in the world of mobility, also building cableways for over 40 years in the direction of making them an increasingly popular means of public transport, and providing wheeled ropeway passenger transport systems. Nidec ASI also promotes a greener and more sustainable maritime transport with shore to ship systems realized in Italy, France and Malta, for the power supply of docked ships, and important initiatives such as the supply of on-board battery energy storage systems for workboats, ferries and full electric and hybrid yachts.