Charging network operator Allego has deployed what it calls Europe’s first “ultra-fast” charging station, at Kleinostheim near Frankfurt, Germany. The station includes four charging points, each with a capacity of 175 kW using the CCS standard. The company told Charged that the CCS chargers are backwards compatible and there’s also a charger available that is suitable for every fast charging standard up to a maximum of 50 kW.
In the spring of 2018, two of the charging points will be upgraded to enable up to 350 kW of power.
The new chargers are part of the Ultra-E project, which is coordinated by Allego and supported by an alliance of utilities, OEMs and automotive suppliers. The project will eventually include a charging corridor with 21 fast charging stations at intervals of 150 to 200 kilometers on motorways from the Dutch coast to the Austrian border.
“The ultra-fast charging stations are designed to accommodate many current and future types of e-car,” says Allego COO Ulf Schulte. “They are particularly suited to the new long range e-cars that will be available from 2018. Interoperability comes as standard at Allego. We support all the current charging cards and access apps, enabling anyone to charge their e-car at Allego and quickly be on their way.”