Electric cars are coming and one global electrical firm is getting ready in part by acquiring Epyon B.V., a manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations focusing on direct current fast-charging and network charger software. EV charging station unit sales are set to multiply rapidly over the next five years, and reach 1.6 million units globally by 2015, according to Pike Research. ABB agrees. Epyon’s dc fast-charging stations reduce charging time to 15 minutes compared to 6 to 8 hr using a standard ac charger outlet.
Epyon’s equipment and software lets the charging station owner monitor conditions and requirements of the station, linking billing and administrative needs. It provides a range of different charging methods for each of the station connections, letting it tailor charging to various start conditions, power requirements and charging times.
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