BMW says that the charge controller is automatically adapted for different electric cars, so that they can be charged using the same infrastructure; it is suitable for vehicles with 400V and 800V battery systems. The 450kW ultra-fast charger is complemented by a second charger good for as much as 175 kW. A Porsche test vehicle with a 90 kWh battery charged at the station at a rate of more than 400kW. As for a BMW i3 test vehicle, the 57kWh battery reached a charge of 80 percent in just 15 minutes.
The FastCharge station in Jettingen-Scheppach, Germany, is currently in use free of charge (pun barely intended), and it is also suitable for Type 2 CCS charging. As well as BMW and Porsche, the industry consortium running the project consists of Allego, Phoenix Contact E-Mobility and Siemens. The station has been set up with testing and monitoring in mind, but it paves the way to more widespread ultra-fast charging as reliability is ensured.
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