Circontrol expands its range of high-power chargers
The Raption 150 compact and the Raption 350 will be introduced soon at eMove 360°, one of the industry’s most important trade fairs.
Both systems can simultaneously fast charge two EVs, offering each vehicle half of the available power (75/75 kW for the Raption 150 compact or 175/175 kW for the Raption 350 kW).
In an average 30-minute charging session, the new Raption 150 compact is capable of increasing the range of an EV by more than 400 km while its 350 kW counterpart can boost an EV’s range by 100 km in a charging session as short as 3 minutes.
These systems are perfect for reducing queues and alleviating overcrowding at charging points where EV owners need the shortest charging times to continue on their way as soon as possible.
Less than a year after the launch of the Raption 100, the evolved form of its best-selling DC charging system, Circontrol launches two new high-power systems, the Raption 150 compact, a high-power, compact 150 kW charger, and the Raption 350 HPC, a 350 kW charging station, both designed to keep charging times to a minimum and make long-distance EV travel easier. These systems will be officially introduced this month at eMove 360°, Europe’s main charging industry event, from 16 to 18 November in Munich, Germany.
More power without sacrificing Raption series features
Both systems are part of the acclaimed Raption series, whose forerunner is the Raption 50, the company’s best-selling DC charging station, meaning they share a host of features and the same look. However, they are intended for different sites. While the Raption 350 is a high-power system requiring an electrical cabinet or a nearby medium-voltage transformer station, and is therefore designed for EV charging stations and service roads, the Raption 150 compact has built-in power modules and can be installed roadside, as well as at shopping malls and other sites wishing to offer its users fast charging without setting aside a large area.
Another of the Raption series’s strengths that both models continue to feature is its modular design. Thanks to this, the charging stations ensure a consistently high level of efficiency and lower consumption since modules can be shut down when vehicles require less power or even continue functioning if any of these modules fail. Plus, charging power can be adjusted to suit the needs of each user and can be scaled if required.
Simultaneous fast-charging to avoid delays
Both the Raption 150 compact and the Raption 350 have been developed to meet EV fast-charging needs, particularly for high-traffic areas (highways, EV charging stations and densely populated areas). It is crucial that these places have low charging times and the option for two cars to charge simultaneously to reduce downtime, avoid queues, and be on par with internal combustion engine vehicle refuelling and, in the case of operators, to be able to make a better return on investment for the infrastructure. In this sense, the Raption 150 compact can offer up to 150 kW and split its power to 75 kW if two vehicles need to be charged at the same time. And the 350 kW model can offer up to 175 kW to each car.
In Joan Hinojo’s view, Circontrol’s Managing Director, “these systems will help develop a high-power EV charging infrastructure network, which will in turn streamline the ultimate rollout of EVs in our country”. He went on to say, “there will no longer be any question about EVs being able to travel long distances. The slow chargers we may have at home or at places where we spend the majority of our time are necessary, and good for batteries, but there is no denying that the HPC systems on the country’s main roadways and links are essential”.