Enel and Endesa launch electric vehicle fast-charge point


Enel and Endesa have launched a new fast-charge point, FASTO (Fast Together), which can charge any electric vehicle now available in the market.

To achieve this, FASTO is equipped with the three types of fast-charge connectors available today:

  • CCS (Combined Charging System) connector – the fast-charge format that has been adopted by U.S. and European manufacturers such as BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, SEAT, Audi and Porsche that can deliver up to 100 kW of power in a continuous current. The deployment of the charging infrastructure and of EVs using this connector is now commencing in Europe with the first cars due to reach the market in Spring 2014.
  • IEC 62196-2 connector – the fast-charge standard being promoted by BYD of China and Renault. Through Enel and Endesa’s partnership with the Renault group, this format reaches a power level of 43 kW.
  • CHAdeMO connector – the fast-charge system mainly used by Japanese firms such as Nissan and Mitsubishi that has been on the market since 2009. It is designed to charge in a continuous current at power levels of up to 100 kW for ultra-fast charges, although vehicles now available in the market are capable of charging at 50 kW, and it can add 60 km of range in 10 minutes.

FASTO is fully configurable for individual fast-charge networks. Features include the ability to fit up to three connectors, depending on the type of EVs on the road in a given region, and the setting of the power between 20 kW and 50 kW, depending on the use given to the charger and on the available power.

FASTO can be equipped with energy storage systems and incorporate renewable energy sources, which can temporarily disconnect the charge from the electricity grid, thus eliminating peaks in electricity demand and providing stability to the distribution network. It includes an advanced management system that allows customers (and charge operators) to operate the unit easily, and remote management of the unit is also enabled.

Availability in different version to allow scalability and vandal proofing are other key features.