espresso&charge - The 150kW Charger

espresso&charge distributes a DC power of up to 150 kW DC and additionally offers 65 kW of AC power for cars without DC charging option and built in inverters. Its power is simply focussing on batteries ranging between 60 and 120kWh to be charged with a C-rate considered as healthy of 1.6 to 2.

Its modular power redundancy concept can either grow with the demand on a current site or offer the dual DC charging for two cars with setups of 100kW, 120kW or 150kW.



12 reasons to install espresso&charge







Multi-Standard Compatibility





espresso&charge is designed for electric cars and plug in hybrids of current and future generations and to offer enough power to charge all cars up to their technical limits:





Energy management



Fast charging goes with high power consumption during a very short time. In order to avoid extremely increased cost due to the sharply raised power availablity especially if the demand could be spread intelligently during times of lower consumption or shifted to times of alternative energy yield from batteries or PV, a simple additional tool running directly on the charger hardware can help to reduce headaches.


Charging up to 4 cars to the same time





Up to four cars can be charged from up to 6 available connectors at two sides of the charger. As standalone unit an espresso&charge is irresistibly flexible. With one installation 4 charging lots are served and a variety of required connectors is available.


Return on Investment




European countries started to offer subsidies enhancing the infrastructural modernization. The consultants recognized the 150kW concept quickly, some countries as Germany limited investments to these high power chargepoints. Additionally there is promotion programms for the AC chargepoints. Due to the parallel setup of 4 chargepoint with up to 6 connectors the espresso&charge enjoys a high compliance rate with these programmes.

Due to its high power and compatibility even to high-voltage charging the espresso&charge platform will not be outdated and obsolete within the payoff period.


Easy Maintenance Architecture




espresso&charge is built from technicians for technicians, user friendly, maintenance friendly.

Its tall housing opens on all sides. Access to all vital components of its body is fast and easy, saving maintenance time, allowing rapid and economic service.

Most relevant: espresso&charge's redundancy power concept with the modularity of 15 power modules maintains in operation even if one power module could fail once in a while. The body of its 10kW power packs can be handled by one technician.Upgrades are simply fixed in the rack of its housing.

The cable fixations are desgined in a way that cables dont touch the ground (standard length 3.25 Meters) and are safely hanging in its fork-like fixation by its own weight.

The majority of failures is meanwhile due to the fact that the access has to be authorized by a more complex authentication system with local and other users from abroad who have to aligned with databases in the background or "cloud" but these errors can be synchronized remotely via a communication protocoll as mostly unique failure message in an backend.

A frequent optical check of the surroundings as the parking and public area around the charger is enough to unveil the most obvious failure reasons like and maintain greatest availability and an A-grade in Total Cost of Ownership.


Best Practice




espresso&charge passively offers power for charging 100 km range in just 10 minutes. Not long ago, in 2013 we talked about 50kW as fast chargers and a 20kW DC charger was state-of-the-art. How did the market change its mind so quickly while the cars are only emerging slowly.

The first espresso&charge has been unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2015 and is based on all relevant market information about new battery systems after one US american pioneer crashed the smooth dreams of many well established opinion leaders in a well established car industry. While they meant "electric" as a term just better than walking downtown distances, somebody proofed that luxury is not accompanied by the staccato of ignitions and wind and wheels are loud enough for a real avantguardists travel limousine. Suddenly everybody was aware, that charging at home wont be enough. Neither a battery size of 16kWh for 2.000kg of vehicle construction to be propelled forwared.

In the meantime the "new batteries" emerged - cars will be built around standard battery sizes in the future and not vice versa any longer -  this 150kW concept was adopted by others due to the clarity of the idea it is based on: serving the wide majority of technological setups of an an emerging eCar industry to be utilized. Suddendly an autonomy of roughly 100km was not enough any more if this prestigious low volume market of emobilty shoulnt totally be handed over to others. Battery sizes leaped up from 16 to 40, from 30 to 60, to 80 to 100kWh as an average capacity for the upcoming vehicles.

espresso&charge is a full industrialized, certified, evaluated, available product serving everybody who wants to promote electric driving. It has been successfully in operation in many sites over all seasons under very different climatic conditions.


Modular Power Redundancy Concept




Maximum DC power of espresso&charge can be scaled up in smooth 10 kW steps whenever needed. Customers may start with the desired entry level power as long as only a few utilize the infrastructure and only scale it up to according to a growing market. 

The concept of the espresso&charge was to serve everybodies needs by charging all EVs as fast as possible, all drivers who were pioneering the EV market with small scale city vehicles on japanese standards as well as the new mid-size and premium vehicles emerging in the light of electrified car-engineering during the next decade.

In this transition phase espresso&charge serves both, modern EVs up to 150kW or several, parallel charging classic EVs. No customer has to be sent home and with its four charging options you can find even your space when 3 others had the same route-planning and drivng conditions as you.


High-Voltage Developer Option




This option allows the espresso&charge to operate in two DC voltage ranges: 170VDC-550VDC as well 340VDC-1000VDC. According the vehicle to be charged, the right voltage range is automatically set up. This feature makes espresso&charge already compatible with the premium and commercial vehicle. espresso&charge is prepared for charging the currenlty exclusive Porsche high-voltage System as well, if not with 350kW peak with a continuos power of 150kW and therefore offering 100km of autonomy range in about 8 Minutes. This is the required time to see the washroom, leave alone having a snack and refurbishing the kids compartment at a refueling break each 400-500 km.


Low Emission Concept




Thanks to its redundant power converter setup, espresso&charge does not only operate at a better efficiency at all loads since each module is working only if it is to be switched on in acceptable conditions  but this concept as well requires less ventilation for cooling. The modules do not emit additional sounds beyond the ventilation noise which can only go up if the DC power is fully utilized at warm wheather conditions. Even then, the noise still is one of noisy computer fans only if a bunch of graphic cards is utilized by extended computer gaming.

You will miss all additional accompanying upper level tone experience. When the users leave their cars they dont have to be afraid that neighbours and bystanders look at them while leaving them in state of acoustic unrest while enjoying their meal in your next doors pub. You just wouldnt hear you them if not the conversation with their guests while they spent the charging time as meeting opportunity in your restaurant or hotel lobby.

As well from an acoustic-comfort point of view, espresso&charge is the most agreeable solution for guests, customers as well as neighbours. Your espresso&charge investment is socially correct.


All climate usability




espresso&charge has been designed to improve the user experience during the charging process. The display informs about much more as any other model on the market as charge power received, time elapsed, estimated time to stop and State of Charge.

Only the authorization must be submited, after plugging in the charging process initializes automatically due to the acceptance of the authorization. Especially in the Motherland of E-mobility one crucial necessity: the display doesnt have to be operated by finger touches but can be handled with gloves due to it dual-layer operationcal concept,  which was one of the conditions for being deployed in Norway as one of the first chargers beyond 50kW.

espresso&charge features an anti reflection, all-weather, high definition, colored display and separate glove-compatible buttons for the interaction during the charge.



Stand-Alone Functionality




espresso&charge architecture allows to install it as a monolithic stand-alone solution as no service-station setup should be required or desired. The functionality can be maintained even in those cases where it should be installed at any site outside of general convenience areas. Due to customer initiation we designed a simple roof to be ankered on it’s top in order to allow a more comfortable user experience and a more stable climate resistance without additional civil works investment of roofing structures. The roof takes as well additional smooth night-illumination or Web-Cam for site supervision.

Type 2 DC plug


The Mennekes Plug

Our initiative offering a DC Type 2 plug started at the EVS 30 in Stuttgart as a more convenient connector option of espresso&charge fastchargers for locations out of reach for Tesla superchargers found some public response. Together with GOFAST in Switzerland we intended to offer Tesla drivers an alternative to deploying the 11-22kW Type 2 AC connector or carry an CHAdeMO adaptor competing with others about the CHAdeMO plugs. For us it was no question this being an option only for sites where is no official Tesla trademark Supercharger is in acceptable driving distance. For initiial evaluation and testing the first site was set up in proximity to a Supercharger. Some of the response you can comprehend below.

The idea of the Type 2 plug as DC connector is old and obvious, in fact the Mennekes plug originally was meant as a compact solution for DC charging up to 200A.

As EVTEC and its partner company Protoscar is longer in the fastcharging business, this Mennekes solution was displayed  in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show with the mobile move&charge DC-charger feeding a Lampo 3, the prototype car of Protoscar. To that time CHAdeMO was the only DC fast charging protocoll to be deployed by developers who did not to spent 6 hours to recharge even a 20kWh battery. It was those times when EVTEC started the production of the 20kW chargers in order to propel the road liability of electric cars.



EVTEC MFC (nowadays move&charge) at the Geneva Motorshow 2012

130kW charging cars

Tesla as first car charging at a rate of up to 130 kW deployed its own version for the European models before any european standard on fast charging emerged and before anybody talked about a CCS Combo 2 plug.

The DC Type 2 plug on fast charging stations makes sense considering two aspects


150kW charger

For the deployment at the espresso&charge station it makes even more sense, since its available power reservoir is 375 A (150kW)  of DC power plus 95 A of AC (65 kW). Tesla up to now is still the only car charging that speed

espresso&charge is EVTEC’s universal charger enabling the complete road fleet of foreseeable electric cars to charge as fast as technically possible, offering up to 375A of DC charge current (170-1'000V). The charging station can be powered for up to 4 simultaneous charging sessions, supporting 150kW DC + 43kW AC + 22kW AC, single charges up to 150kW / 1'000V. The available DC Power can also be split to 90kW CCS and 60kW CHAdeMO. The DC Type 2 plug (currently limited to 50kW) will be installed on the double-sided espresso&charge 6in1, additional to the universal connectivity of CCS COMBO 2, CHAdeMO, AC Type 2 plug and socket.



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50 kW charging at the DC Type 2 plug

After EVS30 the first DC Type 2 plug equipped espresso&charge stations are ready to be tested together with interested car manufacturers. Further development, in order to assure higher output power -up to well over 100kW-, also would be possible. In addition, the Swiss Fast Charging operator "GOttardo FASTcharge SA" is ready for installing this DC Type 2 plug options on some of its stations. This in order to performe a user-feedback testing program, as soon as the DC Type 2 plugs are available for public use.




Although this Type 2 DC version was fully tested and approved in leading european testing institutions, Tesla Inc. refuses the cooperation regarding the higher potential charge speed at the 150kW espresso&charge which is meant as simple technological consequence of a charger which is designed to charge all cars at the technological feasible charging speed.





 GOFAST/EVTEC Disclaimer at prototype station at Gunzgen /South



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