The electrification of the transport sector is well on its way and Scandinavia's leading electric mobility operator (EMO) CLEVER is ready to step on the accelerator in 2016.
Clever wants to make it even easier to drive an electric vehicle by speeding up their fast charging stations by preparing to triple the charging speed from 50 kW to the fastest on the market - 150 kW - already to be put up in 2017. And this is not all - the EV drivers can also look forward to a significant expansion of Clever's existing charging network in both Denmark and Sweden this year.
"When you look at the world, the message from the car brands is clear. They are all introducing exciting new EVs and plug-in hybrids, and they all agree that the car of the future is electric. That means that there's a big demand for the fast charging solutions – also a cross-border demand. This is why our plans for the future are not only focused on the home-market but also on the rest of Europe. Initially our neighboring countries" states Casper Kirketerp-Møller, CEO.
In 2015 Clever also established an office in Sweden, that delivers a complete charging solution for EVs and at the same time they are in the process of establishing a nationwide infrastructure of fast charging stations for EVs in Sweden similar to the one already established in Denmark. More than 100 fast charging stations has already been put up in Sweden in just eight months, and the expansion of the charging network continues.
Today Clever's fast charging stations are charging the EVs with 50 kW, but in just a couple of years the new EVs will be able to charge with 150 kW, which is why they are already preparing charging stations with 150 kW from next year, and the new fast chargers are prepared to be able to charge with 300 kW as well. The charging technology and the EVs, that will be able to charge at this power, are still being developed, and the team is cooperating with the leading hardware- and carmakers about the products, that are going to power the cars and fast chargers of the future in a way that makes these products future-proof and ready for even bigger batteries and faster charging.
"Increasing battery size in the cars will demand increasing speed of charging, and in Clever we still believe that the minimum charging in the cities will be at 22 kW and 50 kW supported by 150-300 kW charging cross-cities. Our future 150 kW fast charging stations will primarily be placed near the motorways which means, that we are ready to charge the cars, when the carmakers launch cars, that are able to charge at 150 kW. The new 150 kW fast chargers are going to be crucial to break down some of the most important barriers for the transition to EVs – range and charging speed. Hereby the electrification of the transportation is truly within reach," explained Kirketerp-Møller.