The most advanced and future proof public BEV charging station in the world just opened at Honda R&D Europe. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 16, 2017 A pair of Honda Fit BEVs connected and charging. Imagine pulling your 300-mile range/90 kWh Li-Ion traction battery equipped electric vehicle into a charging station and seeing it charge to full in just over 30 minutes from flat? Honda just announced it has designed and built Europe’s most advanced public charging station at its R&D facility in Offenbach, Germany. The station uses 940V Level3 technology, enabling up to four vehicles to charge simultaneously with different types of charging connectors. Adding to the announcement, the public charging station is powered by renewable energy including a PV carport canopy. Its 940V capability can deliver up to a maximum of 150kW of energy across four simultaneous connections. The charging station will be operated by Honda R&D Europe and is ‘future proofed’ for the next generations of electric vehicle technology. While the station can be used by current models of plug-in cars, vans, bicycles or scooters, its maximum high-voltage capability is designed to cope with 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 ‘Smart Company’ research project within the city of Offenbach, which aims to develop more intelligent and efficient ways of using energy resources. The 940V capability will enable new possibilities for Honda’s internal research into electromobility, in line with its recently-announced ‘Electric Vision’ strategy. In a later phase of the research project, Honda R&D Europe intends to install a new hydrogen filling station with integrated hydrogen generation at the Offenbach site. Like the 940V plug-in charging station, it can be supplied exclusively with power from renewable energy sources. It will also have intelligent back-to-grid energy storage and transmission capability for the local power networks. The 940V public charging station officially opened on May 29, 2017. Honda has committed to an electric future with a specific aim to have electrified powertrains in two thirds of European cars sold by 2025. Development of HEV, PHEV, BEV and FCVs will place Europe at the forefront of Honda’s global electric vehicle strategy.