Electric cars – NEC to Start Testing EV Rapid Charger in US

NEC Corp announced Aug 6, 2010, that it will start testing a rapid charger for electric vehicles (EVs) in collaboration with Portland General Electric Co (PGE).

The rapid charger manufactured by Takasago Ltd, a subsidiary of NEC, was installed at the headquarters of PGE, which is located in Portland, Oregon, the US. The two companies had a demonstration of charging Nissan Motor Co Ltd’s Leaf electric vehicle.

The rapid charger is based on the standard being promoted by Japan’s CHAdeMO Council. According to the standard, the maximum voltage and maximum current are 500V and 125A (direct current), respectively. The maximum output is 50kW. And it is possible to charge a storage battery to about 80% in 20 to 30 minutes.

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