New Portuguese Fast-Charger Includes a Wi-Fi Hotspot

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Electric vehicle fast chargers are getting better by the day, it seems. but, until they can match the speed of gas pumps, we at least have to give EV owners something to do.

  • Efacec’s QC45 Generation 2 fast charger is capable of recharging a car from 0 to 80% in 30 minutes.
  • Its DC rating is up to 50 kW; AC power is rated at 22 kVa.
  • New more futuristic design and onboard Wi-Fi makes it ideal for high-way adjacent stations as well as at fuel stations.

This week, Portuguese fast-charger maker Efacec revealed its QC45 Generation 2 fast charger. Designed for implementation along highways and at fuel stations (take note, Chevron), the QC45 G2 has been spruced up a bit over the first-gen unit.

It has a more futuristic look. Its connectors are now mounted side by side on the front, rather than flanking either side of the charge cabinet. And those connectors are more easily distinguishable for more novice EV owners. Plus, the unit offers an optional touchscreen as well as standard 4G Wi-Fi.

It’s capable of charging virtually any fast-charge enabled vehicle from 0 to 80% charge in 30 minutes. Its DC rating is up to 50 kilowatts (kW). AC power is rated at 22 kilovolt ampere (kVa). What’s more, it can charge both DC and AC simultaneously.

Vehicles with fast-charge capability can receive an 80% charge in just 30 minutes on Efacec’s QC45 Generation 2 fast charger. | Photo: Ford

 

OK I admit: this stuff is a bit dry. I figure, this is how reporters must have felt in the early 20th century, as fuel stations and pumps became more prevalent and their technology and efficiency incrementally improved over the years and decades. They had to report on it to inform consumers. But man, is it a bit drab.

On the surface, news about improvements in fast-charger technology and design seems snooze worthy. However, it’s actually important and significant to those who end up interacting regularly with the devices. Since Efacec has more than 4,000 chargers across Europe and North America, chances are good that you might come into contact with the QC45 G2 some day in the near future.

So suffice it to say that, although you might not care about this announcement at first blush, you might come to appreciate it later when you’re enjoying the easy-to-access interface, touchscreen, and Wi-Fi hotspot. Just saying.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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