First ultra-fast charging point near Vitoria-Gasteiz (source: IBIL)

First ultra-fast EV charging point of the Iberian Peninsula opened in Vitoria-Gasteiz

24 Jul 2019

Not part of SmartEnCity Project but breaking news: SmartEnCity Project Partner IBIL (EVE) has installed the first ultra-fast charging point for electric vehicles in southern Europe. Located on the beltway of Vitoria-Gasteiz (N-I highway in Lopidana), the facility can recharge the battery of any compatible EV in five to ten minutes, similar to the time used in a conventional refuelling.

The ultra-fast charging point of Lopidana was installed by IBIL, a company backed by REPSOL and the SmartEnCity Project Partner Basque Energy Board (EVE) with the aim of developing technology, services, and capabilities in the field of electric charging.

This new charging point has a maximum power output of 700 kilowatts (kW), which can be distributed among its four supply posts. The new points incorporate standard recharging connectors Combo CCS (up to 350 kW) and CHadeMO (up to 100 kW).This means that eventually any existing electric vehicle in the market can use this infrastructure. It can, therefore, be configured to deliver 350 kW to two vehicles simultaneously, or 175 kW to four vehicles at once.

The Basque Government’s Minister of Economic Development and Infrastructure, Arantxa Tapia, remarked that “this is an important step in the process of decarbonisation and a relevant boost for the electric mobility strategy from the Basque Government, which is aware of the need for a realistic and orderly transition”.

REPSOL plans to offer this cutting-edge technology at four other service stations in its network in 2019. In addition, the company currently has 31 fast charging points at its service stations. It also participates, through IBIL, in a network with more than 1,700 charging points.

The facility in Lopidana is part of E-VIA FLEX-E, another  project coordinated by Enel and co-?nanced by the European Commission that aims to develop a pilot network of 14 ultra-fast charging stations in Europe, along transportation corridors in Spain, France, and Italy. The initiative seeks to share the best practices for the take-off of this type of infrastructure and the technical experiences derived from its installation, maintenance and operation.

First cars using utlra-fast charging point in Vitoria-Gasteiz (source: IBIL)