Siemens to provide intelligent grid connection for over 100 350kW fast chargers across Germany being installed by Aral.
Aral, a subsidiary of the bp group, is working with Siemens Smart Infrastructure with expanding the grid connection at 30 selected gas stations. The installation of intelligent substations allows Aral to upgrade its sites with fast charging technology for electric vehicles using entirely renewable power. The installation is expected to be completed by the end of February.
Aral confirms that Siemens is not supply the 350kW fast chargers. Aral has deal for the systems to pay for the charging with Vattenfall, which also has a partnership in Scandiavia with fast charger supplier ABB. Aral's owner bp also owns the Chargemaster charging network in the UK and US, which makes its own fast chargers.
The increased power demand of fast chargers means the grid connection needs to be upgraded through the intelligent substations and the joint project with Siemens is a key contribution to creating public fast-charging stations.
“By equipping our gas stations with charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, we are taking a major step forward in creating the gas station of the future,” said Patrick Wendeler, member of the Managing Board of Aral. “To make charging as fast as putting fuel in your car, we have opted for ultra-fast charging stations with a power of up to 350 kW. But chargers alone are not enough: The retrofit also requires a powerful and reliable grid connection. That is why we are glad to have Siemens with its expertise in electrical infrastructure at our side.”
The installation of intelligent substations allows Aral to upgrade 30 selected gas stations with ultra-fast-charging technology for electric vehicles from low voltage connections. To meet the increased power demand of fast chargers, the grid connection needs to be upgraded to a medium-voltage connection with much higher power. This is achieved through the substations which connect the gas stations’ charging infrastructure