Fastned and EVBox have jointly installed one of the first 400 kW fast charging stations in Europe. The HPC station, called EVBox Troniq Modular High-Power, is being tested in a pilot project and is now available at the Fastned station De Watering on the A8 near Oostzaan in the Netherlands.
The column can recharge a range of 100 kilometres in just three minutes if supported by the vehicle. Alternatively, the charging power can also be shared dynamically between two vehicles, with each vehicle being allocated 200 kW of power, for example. The latter is likely to be the much more common case, as no series-production vehicle can currently charge at 400 kW.
The Troniq Modular DC charging pole was presented by EVBox in May 2021 – with up to 240 kW charging power. The column installed in De Watering is the further developed Troniq Modular High-Power, which enables charging with 400 kW or 2×200 kW. The column was developed to “optimally serve areas with high traffic volumes”.
Nevertheless, the Troniq Modular High-Power will be subject to further development. Fastned and EVBox have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a non-exclusive partnership to further improve the product. Fastned says the focus will be put on quality, user experience, ease of maintenance, uptime and data-driven charging point monitoring. Fastned has also joined EVBox’s “Early Adopter Program”, which is a co-creation program designed to improve the full product journey from installation to end use, allowing for ongoing product and process improvements based on the feedback received.
Fastned initially relied on DC charging columns from ABB, among others, to build its fast-charging network but has recently increased its use of the Alpitronic Hypercharger HYC300. This charging column model is currently being used for new locations, but the older 175 kW chargers from ABB have also been partially replaced by Hyperchargers at existing locations. EVBox is not aiming to replace Alpitronic. Fastned says it will continue to work with several leading charging point manufacturers.
Maurice van Riek, Chief Technology Officer at EVBox explained: “The 400 kW variant is the next evolution stage of our flexible and scalable Troniq Modular fast-charging stations family.”
“We’re looking forward to the partnership with EVBox and the piloting of this new charger, which we expect will become best-in-class. During the course of this pilot, EVBox and Fastned will work closely together in optimising the user experience and the communication between the charger and Fastned’s backend system,” confirmed Roland van der Put, Head of Charging Technology at Fastned.