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1 Dec 22

Ultra-rapid EV charging without costly infrastructure upgrades

A British aerospace engineering firm is solving the problem faced by many fleet operators of how to provide high-speed EV charging at depots, compounds and vehicle parks without the massive cost and disruption of infrastructure upgrades. 

It’s intending to commercialise the solution in early 2023 and expand across Europe.

Turbo Power Systems (TPS) has developed a range of Velox high speed chargers, on display at the London EV show this week, that can offer up to 480kW speed without costly and complex infrastructure and installation work having to be carried out. The chargers deliver multi-bay, ultra-rapid charging speeds through a smart network energy system that manages grid, solar, battery and EV, on an efficient DC microgrid.

Gateshead, UK-based engineering company TPS designs and builds bespoke power solutions for aerospace, transport and other technology-led industries and has applied that knowledge to solve the problem of rapid vehicle charging for businesses and fleets.

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Plans to expand across Europe

TPS CEO, Carlos Neves: “We are already talking to some European companies about installation next year. Our intention is for a full roll-out to European markets including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium and Scandinavian in late 2023, and we're already looking for partners in Europe including installers, operators and fleet companies. 

Because, as part of the package, we offer on-site generation through solar there is the capacity in the sunnier southern European countries for power generation, and therefore charging, to be so much more economical too in terms of operating costs. Our system is also particularly suited to the longer distances involved in energy transmission in many European countries, where not all businesses are right next to major sub stations and so cannot access huge amounts of power easily.”

All of this means that, for a typical installation the operator can expect an average improvement in terms of return on investment of 20%, relative to a ‘direct to grid’ conventional charging solution. If operating in a major city, it could be a staggering 55% improvement due to the associated high land and installation costs of conventional chargers.

Image: TPS

Authored by: Alison Pittaway