Successful adoption of electric vehicles hugely depends on range and how quickly they can be recharged. Switzerland-based Brusa is making headways in reducing charging times.
Brusa Elektronik AG declared that it is the first company to produce a battery charger for electric vehicles that is capable of operating on a three-phase current with a power of up to 22 kw. Production of this fast charger started this month.
On-board chargers in Europe normally operate with a maximum power of 3.7 kw.
The NLG6 fast charger will be able to fully charge a typical electric car in less than one hour. Cars from a major European car manufacturer equipped with this charger will be available to customers for the first time by end of this year, most likely in October. Brusa would not confirm who this manufacturer is.
Since its foundation in 1985, Brusa Elektronik AG has been exclusively developing and producing powerful and highly efficient power electronics and motors for electric vehicles.
The company’s recent project with Volvo is just one example of Brusa’s work. As part of Volvos electrification strategy Brusa delivered more than 250 complete drivetrain sets that are now powering the Volvo C30 Electric fleet.
Brusa also gained a reputation as a supplier of versatile on-board chargers and is the first supplier to be able to offer a 22 kw charger that fully complies with the stringent standards of the automotive industry.
The new fast charger NLG6 from Brusa is, according to the company, the world’s first charger that operates on three-phase supplies and is small enough to be fitted on-board an electric car.
“It was a big challenge to increase the power of our chargers by six times and not overly exceed the dimensions of standard chargers,” highlights Philipp Matt, head of Engineering at Brusa.
The new NLG6 operates six times faster than today’s on-board chargers and thus reducing the charging time of a typical electric car to less than one hour. “We believe that through the immense reduction of the charging time, the acceptance of emobility will noticeably change,” Matt says.