Honda Opens Europe’s Most Advanced Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Honda has just opened Europe’s most advanced public charging station for plug-in vehicles at its R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany. Using state-of-the-art 940V technology, the station enables up to four vehicles to charge simultaneously with different types of connectors.
The public charging station receives its power from renewable energy sources, including a photovoltaic carport canopy. Its 940V capability can deliver as much as 150kW of energy across four simultaneous connections.
Honda R&D Europe will operate the charging station, which is ‘future proofed’ for the next generations of electric vehicle technology. In addition to being compatible with current models of plug-in cars, vans, bicycles, and scooters, the station’s maximum high-voltage capability is prepared to meet the demands of future vehicles that have not yet been conceived.
Honda R&D Europe’s investment in the charging station is part of the city of Offenbach’s ‘Smart Company’ research project, which seeks to develop more intelligent and efficient ways of using energy resources. The 940V capability will help fuel Honda’s internal research into electromobility, which is in keeping with its recently-announced ‘Electric Vision’ strategy.
Eventually, Honda R&D Europe intends to install a new hydrogen filling station with integrated hydrogen generation at the Offenbach site as part of the research project. It will, like the 940V plug-in charging station, be supplied exclusively with power from renewable energy sources, and also have intelligent back-to-grid energy storage and transmission capability for the local power networks.
Yasunori Oku, Executive Vice President of Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmbH, said, “We see Europe and especially Germany as one of the most important regions for expansion and progress in electromobility. Honda R&D Europe is intensifying its research efforts at its Offenbach site and is contributing to the rapid expansion of the public charging infrastructure.”
“We are pleased with the exemplary commitment by Honda to implement its flagship project here in Offenbach am Main. For us, electromobility is central to all measures for air pollution control, climate protection, parking regulations and municipal planning, and of course also for the city of Offenbach’s climate adaptation,” Heike Hollerbach, Director of the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection Bureau for Offenbach.
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