Epyon Introduces First Electric Vehicle AC/DC Combo Charge Post

Epyon, a European leader in intelligent charging solutions for electric vehicles, today announced the Terra Combo Charge Post, a fast charging post that supports both AC and DC connection standards. The post is the first in the industry that allows vehicles with different charging standards to be charged at the same post simultaneously, making this station very cost-effective for utility providers, parking lots, local municipalities and petrol stations.

The Terra Combo Charge Post will be displayed at the Nissan booth at the Paris Motor Show.

‘We believe in choice and want to offer a solution for both AC- and DC- powered electric vehicles,’ said Hans Streng, CEO of Epyon. ‘We don’t want our customers to choose which standard to support. With the Terra Combo Charge Post, users will be able to charge most types of electric vehicles in 15 to 30 minutes. We are very proud of the trust Nissan is showing us by having the Terra Combo Charge Post on their booth at the Paris Motor Show.’

The Terra Combo Charge Post

The Terra Combo Charge Post has a user-friendly interface and will support a DC CHAdeMO-compliant connection up to 50kW. The AC connection can be delivered according to the available standards in Europe: Mennekes, SCAME or J1772.

This combination of AC and DC will allow compatibility with all electric vehicles entering the market starting December 2010. Payment methods can be implemented according to customers’ preferences via RFiD or other POS systems. The space-saving design will allow easy placement at commercial areas and forecourts.

Nissan is currently promoting its new LEAF electric vehicle in the Netherlands. At the same time Epyon decided to present its fast charging station for electric cars – the station was dubbed TERRA.

The company claims that the charging station is able to recharge Nissan LEAF up to 80 percent in just about 30 minutes.

If the claims are true, then the charger will prove to be extremely useful for electric car drivers, especially considering that the LEAF can travel 160 kilometers on full charge and that in average a person drives less than 100 kilometers a day.

The company also mentioned that by using a regular 230V outlet, the driver will need about 8 hours to charge the car, while with TERRA some of the EVs could be fully charged in 15 minutes.

In addition, each charging station from Epyon can recharge several cars simultaneously. They are remotely maintained via the company’s web-based Power-Routing network. The program allows Epyon to keep track of its local power grid, billing, and battery life.

Epyon develops, markets and sells battery-charging products and services for optimized fast charging of electrical vehicle lithium ion batteries. The Rijswijk based company serves customers across Europe from its headquarters in the Netherlands and as well as branch offices in the UK, northern- and southern Europe regions. Together with local installation partners, Epyon offers maximum value for to customers in the charging infrastructure, fleet-and industrial electric vehicle markets.