Epyon opens Europe's first commercial fast-charging station for EVs
By Ben Coxworth
May 20, 2010
Earlier this month, we told you how Dutch EV charging company Epyon was promoting its new fast charging station. It can reportedly charge a Nissan LEAF up to 80 percent within 30 minutes, and certain other EV’s within even half that time. Now, Epyon is announcing the opening of its first commercial fast-charging station in Europe.
The station is located at the Tamoil petrol station in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, and was officially unveiled this week. Operated by Dutch utility company Essent, its main customers will likely at first be the 9-person taxi-vans run by Taxi Kijlstra. Delivering 50 kilowatts of power, the station can fully charge one of the taxis within half an hour, and the vehicle is then good for at least 62 miles (100 km) before needing a recharge.
The province of Friesland, in which Leeuwarden is located, is aiming at having 100,000 EVs on the road within five years.
Epyon feels that this installation shows just how quickly and easily one of their charging stations can be installed in an existing petrol station. "We are very pleased to be the supplier of choice for Europe's fast-charging stations for EVs," said Hans Streng, CEO of Epyon. "[We] are excited to have reached this milestone, which is a key stepping-stone in the rollout of the European fast-charging infrastructure."
The charging station is remotely managed and maintained through Epyon's Power-Routing network, and can charge several vehicles at once.