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Masdar City installs first rapid charger in Middle East

posted on 31/07/2012: 1255 views



Masdar City, has installed the Middle East's first rapid charging station in collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI), as part of its on-going efforts to promote sustainable transportation and serve as a test bed for cutting edge development in clean and sustainable technology.

The pilot project aims to assess how efficiently the rapid charger technology will function in the region's harsh climatic conditions. The CHAdeMO-certified Rapid Charger (EFACEC, EV QC) is a high efficiency DC charger provided by Efacec, a leading manufacturer of AC and DC chargers. The charger will serve as a charging station for the 12 Mitsubishi Motors Electric Vehicles "i-MiEV" (EVs) currently in operation at Masdar City.

Previously, the EVs had to be charged for six hours continuously using standard electrical outlets. With the arrival of the new rapid charger, the EV's batteries can now be charged up to 80 per cent in approximately 30 minutes.

The EV pilot project launched in mid-January 2011 with a fleet of 12 electric vehicles served as an indispensable mode of transport inside Masdar City; addressing users' concerns on battery life and defying scepticism about the EVs' inability to withstand desert heat.

A five-door hatchback that seats four people, the EVs have a cruising range of about 150km and are the first mass-produced, 100 per cent electric vehicles used in the UAE.

To date, the vehicles have transported over 35,000 passengers and saved approximately 33,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.– Emirates News Agency, WAM

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