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Developing Fast Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles

Welcome back to a new episode of the “Technology Addicts” podcast from Avet Abacus! It’s great to have you with us. Today, we’re diving into the world of fast charging technology for electric vehicles. The speed at which electric vehicles can be charged is a crucial factor in the rapidly evolving electric vehicle market. As we see advancements in fast charging technology, the infrastructure must also keep up.

In the past, 50 kilowatt charging stations were considered state-of-the-art. However, we are now seeing stations being deployed that can charge EV batteries at 100, 150, or even 300 kilowatts. To discuss the implications of this for charging station technology, we have Sarah Gimi, the Director of Technical Development at Avet Abacus, joining us on the show.

Sarah highlights the importance of having a mix of various charging points, including level one, level two AC, public stations, and fast charging stations. She emphasizes that fast charging stations are essential but not the only element in EV charging infrastructure. With 80% of daily driving done on short distances, home charging can meet the needs of the majority of users.

The conversation shifts to the development of high-power charging stations and EV hypercars designed for 800 kilowatts of charging power. Sarah explains the advantages of high-power systems, such as high efficiency, low charging time, and low thermal losses. She also addresses the challenges in building fast charging stations, including thermal management, battery technology gap, and intensive capital expenditure.

Sarah delves into the importance of cables and connectors in fast charging applications, highlighting the need for cooling technologies to handle higher currents. Avet Abacus offers a range of components and solutions for building EV charging stations, working with partners to provide end-to-end services.

The discussion continues on the role of DC and AC charging stations, the impact of high currents on technology and charging efficiency, and the development of 800-volt architecture. Sarah also touches on the significance of wide band gap materials like SiC and GaN in fast charging technology.

As the podcast wraps up, Sarah shares her insights on the future of charging stations, the declining cost of superchargers, and the potential for electric car charging to be as fast as refueling a traditional car. She emphasizes the importance of changing mindsets and embracing the benefits of EVs for a sustainable future.

Thank you for tuning in to this episode of “Technology Addicts.” Be sure to subscribe to our podcast for more insights on the latest developments in technology. And a big thank you to Sarah Gimi for sharing her expertise with us today. Stay charged up and ready for the future of electric vehicles!

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