Pod Point launches 150kW rapid EV chargers in UK

Pod Point has become one of the first electric vehicle chargepoint suppliers to offer 150kW rapid chargers in the UK.

The company says this is “in anticipation of a wave of new cars with bigger batteries and faster charging capabilities”.

While most commercially available EVs are limited to a maximum 50kW charge, several high-profile cars set to launch this year and beyond will have increased battery capacity.

These high battery capacity EVs will initially be premium models and represent a small proportion of the market. But Pod Point says that “the pace of innovation and the falling cost of batteries suggests they will become more mainstream over time”.

It adds that high power rapid chargers “are best suited to strategic motorway locations to meet the needs of drivers undertaking long journeys”.

Erik Fairbairn, founder and chief executive of Pod Point, said: “It will always be most convenient for EV drivers to charge their cars while not in use, such as overnight at home or at the workplace. But, access to rapid charging is still vital for those making long journeys, and these high-power rapids will be ideal to support the new wave of premium EVs with en-route highway charging.Pod Point has become one of the first electric vehicle chargepoint suppliers to offer 150kW rapid chargers in the UK.

“Using our high power 150kW rapids, an EV with a 90kWh battery would be able to charge from flat to 80 per cent in under 30 minutes. It’s hugely exciting that Pod Point can now support the faster charging capabilities of this upcoming generation of EVs.”

Pod Point’s high-speed rapid charging technology has been designed to offer maximum flexibility. The technology also has a modular design, which the company says means the system can be expanded as EV adoption grows. Pod Point added that “operators can also prepare for future advances in technology by specifying a 150kW+ transformer while installing 50kW chargepoints. These chargepoints can then be increased to 150kW+ at a later date.”

Pod Point plans to significantly expand its public charging network this year.

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