A relatively unknown Japanese firm, one that goes by the name of Nichicon, has developed and will soon launch what it says are the world's smallest quick-charge stations for plug-in vehicles.

Nichicon's NGQ-A202 and NGQ-A302 use what the firms calls "advanced module technology" to shrink down to something smaller than conventional quick-charge stations. Nichicon says that, at 59 x 13.8 x 23.6 inches, its pair of quick-charge stations are about 50-percent smaller than typical Level 3 units.

Small size means less power, though, and the Nichicon units have output capacities listed at 20 kW (NQC-A202) or 30 kW (NQC-A302). Even so, Nichicon's pair of quick chargers should be able to juice up a Nissan Leaf in less than one hour using the CHAdeMO connection. Charging at that speed doesn't come cheap, however; the units are expected to retail between $25,000 and $30,000 when they launch in Japan sometime this October.
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Nichicon Corporation announces the latest in its lineup of alternative energy products with the introduction of the world's smallest and lightest quick chargers for electric vehicle charging.

Nichicon has developed advanced technology which utilizes standardization of the main components in order to achieve 50% space and 66% weight savings compared to the existing model while still meeting the CHAdeMO standards.

Background
As global interest in, and requirements for, environmentally friendly products continue to increase; many countries are trying to proactively realize a low-carbon society. In the global automotive industry, development and mass production of electric vehicles continues at a rapid pace. As EV popularity increases it is vital for quick charging systems to be incorporated into a standard infrastructure. Nichicon has aggressively worked to develop quick chargers and related technologies that correspond to the world's requirements.

In addition to quick chargers, Nichicon has been supplying on board chargers (OBC with DC/DC converter) to Mitsubishi EV (i-MiEV) in addition to supplying the Nissan EV(LEAF) last year. Nichicon has and will continue to contribute to popularizing EV's by developing OBC's and quick charging systems for the infrastructure.

The most remarkable point of our newly developed quick charger is that it occupies one half the mounting spaces and is 66% lighter than the current model thereby benefiting the customer by dramatically decreasing installation effort. Utilizing our advanced module technology developed for OBC's, Nichicon can contribute to the development of the "EV charging infrastructure" by offering this compact yet highly reliable device.

Features
- Compact design (small and light) enabling installation in narrow spaces
- High reliability and efficiency
- Easy maintenance due to modular construction
- User friendly, utilizing large LCD screen instructions

Main Specifications
Output voltage : DC 50 V to 500 V (rapid recharging, CHAdeMO)
Output capacity : 20kW (NQC-A202)
30kW (NQC-A302)
External dimensions : 350 mm (W) x 595mm (D) x 1565 mm (H)
Weight : 150kg (NQC-A202)
170kg (NQC-A302)
Production Plant : Nichicon (Kusatsu) corporation

3-1, Yagura 2-chome, Kusatsu-shi, Shiga Prefecture

(ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified)


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