NKM Mobilitas Ltd. (Mobiliti) in Hungary recently ordered the first 12 Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast chargers from Tritium, a specialist in DC charging infrastructure solutions for the electric vehicle (EV) market. The 12 Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast chargers are part of a larger roll-out of NKM’s new electric car charging network across Hungary.
NKM Mobilitas Ltd. is a subsidiary of National Utilities, the state Hungarian utilities provider which supplies gas and electricity to 4.2 million households in Hungary. By the end of 2018, it plans to install 100 e-chargers, under the name of Mobiliti, across the country, in cooperation with local government and municipalities.
While the EV market in Hungary is currently small, only making up approximately 6,000 of the 3.8 million cars on the country’s roads, it is growing rapidly with EV sales representing 5.1% of all new car sales in quarter one of 2018. Owners of electric cars are supported by generous subsidiaries and incentives from the Hungarian Government, including grants of up to €5,000, free car registration and reduced or free parking.
“We want to establish a network covering the whole country. Although today, it is mainly companies that are buying electric cars, 80-85% of the charging takes place in homes or underground parking garages. Only approximately 5% of charging points are located on autoroutes or motorways with the rest in public areas,” said Szabolsc Balogh, Managing Director NKM Mobilitas Ltd.
“While all charging options are needed, fast charging corridors are essential for the EV market to really take off,” explains Jeroen Jonker, General Manager Sales Europe at Tritium. “We are pleased to have entered into this agreement with NKM Mobilitas Ltd. and excited to be working with them to electrify mobility in Hungary.”
NKM Mobilitas Ltd. turned to Tritium for chargers for fast charging along the main traffic routes. Their first orders, a total of 12 Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast chargers, were placed in quarter two of 2018. These fast chargers will be installed in strategic locations across Hungary in the second half of 2018.
“The Tritium fast chargers are strategically vital to our charging network vision,” says Balogh. “The Tritium chargers are around 25 times faster than home chargers. They were also recommended by Fortum Charge & Drive, whose software underpins our charging network. We were impressed with the Veefil-RT’s small footprint and light weight, it only weighs about 170kg compared to up to 600kg for other 50kW fast-chargers. Additionally, the use of liquid cooling technology will reduce future maintenance requirements. There is no need for regular filter replacement as is common with air cooled fast chargers.”
Mobiliti is also looking into charging solutions for B2B customers, including retail networks, shopping centres, bank offices delivery businesses and transporters.