Rolec EV, a British charging equipment manufacturer, has partnered with technology company Sinexcel to launch a new line of DC charging stations with power outputs ranging from 60kW to 480kW. Rolec expects these stations to be highly competitive in terms of price.
The first model in this range, the UltraCharge 160, will be available for delivery starting in February. The range utilizes modular 20kW units that can be upgraded to reach a maximum power output of 160kW, and Rolec reports that it currently has UK stock of 60/80/120/160kW models.
This approach, according to Rolec, makes for a “perfect future-proof and cost-effective solution for public, fleet, and highway infrastructure deployment.” The UltraCharge 160, a charging station developed by Sinexcel, allows for simultaneous charging of two vehicles and can be activated through a mobile app, RFID, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or contactless card payment.
The station is also compliant with the ISO 15118 Plug & Charge standard and can be integrated with any chargepoint management system that uses the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), allowing chargepoint operators to set tariffs, monitor utilization, and assess performance.
Frankie Mellon, Rolec’s Sales Director, added they had worked “extremely closely with Sinexcel to further develop the product to meet the requirements of the UK market, integrating with cars, lorries, buses, and to identify features we wished to include as standard for our clients, such as a contactless payment terminal and long reach cables”. So this points to fleets as a target market.
Rolec, a company based in Lincolnshire that began producing EV charging stations about five years ago, has secured orders from Kia UK, DPD and UK property developers. Their product line includes DC rapid and ultrafast charging stations, as well as a street lamp solution for EVs.
The UltraCharge 160 has a cost of £25,000 (approximately €28,250) and Rolec offers next-day delivery in the UK, but has not yet announced plans for exports or launches in other markets. Charles Meng, Sinexcel’s Country Director, expressed confidence in the potential for Rolec to bring new changes to the EV charging industry in the UK and Europe.