Charging the electric car in six minutes is now possible in Spain. Repsol has inaugurated this Monday in Lopidiana, province of Álava, the first ultra-fast recharging point for electric vehicles in the Iberian Peninsula, which in turn is one of the first of its kind in Southern Europe. The installation, located on the NI road, allows recharging in six minutes 80% of the battery of vehicles that support the maximum power of the device, a time similar to that used in a conventional refueling, as reported by the energy company in a release. The new system is located in a service station and has a maximum power of 700 kilowatts (kW), which can be divided among its four supply poles depending on the capacity of vehicle batteries. The device can be configured to offer 350 kW simultaneously to two vehicles or to recharge four vehicles with 175 kW each. The Punch Card Template recharge point has been installed by Ibil, a company promoted by Repsol and the Basque Energy Agency (EVE) with the aim of developing technology, services and capabilities in the field of the electric recharge, and will be operated and maintained by this same company.
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So that any existing electric vehicle in the market can use this infrastructure, the new points incorporate standard recharging Combo CCS (up to 350 kW) and CHadeMO (up to 100 kW). There are different types of recharge depending on the power of the supply point, which together with the characteristics of the vehicle itself, determines the speed of filling the battery. At an ultra-fast recharge point, ranging from 150 kW to 350 kW, you can recharge 80% of a 40 kWh battery in a time of between six and 13 minutes, to travel approximately 270 kilometers. In turn, at a fast point, 50 kW, the recharge time is about 30 minutes, while in a semi-fast, 22 kW, you need an hour and a half. The installation of Lopidana is part of the European project E-VIA FLEX-E, which includes the deployment of a pilot network of 14 similar facilities in European transport corridors in Spain, France and Italy. The initiative seeks to share the best practices for the takeoff of this type of infrastructure and the technical experiences derived from its installation, maintenance and operation.
Repsol plans to offer this technology in four other service stations of its network during this year. In addition, the company has 31 fast recharge points in its service stations, and participates through Ibil – public body that drives the electric system in Euskadi – in a network with more than 1,700 points, of which 200 are public access. The opening ceremony was attended by the CEO of Repsol, Punch Card Template; the president of the public company Ibil, Emiliano López Atxurra; the Minister of Economic Development and Infrastructure of the Basque Government, Arantxa Tapia; the deputy general of Álava, Ramiro González; and the mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Gorka Urtaran, among other authorities. In his speech Josu Jon Imaz stressed that having this recharge point allows Repsol “to continue to be a leader in mobility in Spain, where it already participates in the largest network of public electric recharge in the country.”