Product News July 25, 2016

Since 2009, Nichicon Corporation has been manufacturing and selling quick chargers for electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHV) vehicles NICHICON’s first compact 10-kW model, CHAdeMO compliant, has been extremely successful since its release in December 2015.

The company has now expanded its lineup of CHAdeMO 1.01-compliant products with 25-kW and 35-kW quick chargers for EVs and PHVs.

In addition to quick chargers, NICHICON makes EV onboard chargers, V2H systems for providing homes with electricity from EVs, PHVs, and FCVs (fuel-cell vehicles), and other environmentally friendly products.

Background of Development

In recent years Japan has developed a state-of-the-art EV charging infrastructure unlike that in any other country, a trend that is expected to continue. With increasingly larger EV battery storage capacities and an increasing number of PHVs on the road, longer wait times are already being predicted at charging stations. This has created the need for more charging stations and shorter charging times.

Nichicon has served the market with 20kW and 30kW products, the company has responded to recent trends with the introduction of new products that offer 5 kW greater output and come in a more compact package than their predecessors.

Main Features

• Compatible with CHAdeMO 1.01, the latest version of the CHAdeMO charging standard.

• These new products are slimmer (292 mm wide versus 350 mm wide) and require 17% less installation space (1,729 cm2 versus 2,802 cm2). All components requiring maintenance are concentrated on the main unit’s left side.

• 9.8% more compact (volume has decreased from 326 L to 294 L).

• Large reduction in standby power consumption: from 120 W to 20 W, an 80% decrease (when comparing the current 30-kW model with the new 35-kW model).

• Improved waterproof performance: IP34 rated (compared to IP33 for current models).

• Can be fitted with fee-charging devices (NQC-S/TC253E, NQC-TC353E Series; EcoQden payment system by Enegate; requires contract with Enegate Co., Ltd. and payment of network and server fees).

• Quick charger’s operational status, and charging fees, can be monitored and set remotely (NQC-S/TC253E, NQC-TC353E Series).

• Certain models can operate in extremely cold climates and are resistant to salt damage.

• NICHICON has utilized its onboard charger technologies and proven expertise in the units construction to realize superb reliability, high productivity, and ease of maintenance.

With these new models offering higher output and a smaller footprint, charging station operators benefit with shorter charging wait times for drivers, as well as the ability to install more of the new models in the same space as the previous models.

Main Specifications

  • Input voltage

:25-kW model: Single-phase 200 V AC, three-phase 200 V AC

:35-kW model: Three-phase 200 V AC

  • Input capacity

:25-kW model: 30 kVA or less

:35-kW model: 42 kVA or less

  • Output voltage

:50 - 450 V DC (quick charging, CHAdeMO 1.01 compliant)

  • Output current

:25-kW model: 0 to 62 A DC, at 400 V

:35-kW model: 0 to 87 A DC, at 400 V

  • Output capacity

:See table below for six 25-kW and 35-kW models
(Specifications meet requirements for use in extremely cold climates)

  • External dimensions

:292 (W) X 1,699 (H) X 592 (D) mm (excluding protruding parts)

  • Volume

:294 L

Model number NQC-SC2530 NQC-SC253E NQC-TC2530 NQC-TC253E NQC-TC3530 NQC-TC353E
Output 25 kW 35 kW
Compliant standard CHAdeMO 1.01
Usage temperature range -10°C — +40°C
Ambient humidity 30 — 90%
No condensation
Elevation 1,600 m or less
Input voltage Single-phase 200 V AC Three-phase 200 V AC
Input capacity 30 kVA or less 42 kVA or less
Type Lithium-ion storage battery
Max. input current (at 170 V input) 176 A 102 A 247 A
Output voltage range 50 — 450 V DC
Max. output current 62A 87A
Width 292 mm
Height 1,699 mm
Depth 592 mm
Volume 294 L
Installation space 1,729 cm2
Weight 150 kg 145 kg 160 kg
Price 2.5 million yen 2.9 million yen 2.5 million yen 2.9 million yen 2.7 million yen 3.1 million yen

Production plant

Nichicon Kameoka Corporation
15-1, 2-chome, Kitakose-cho, Kameoka-shi, Kyoto Prefecture, 621-0811 Japan
ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified

Overview of Nichicon Corporation

  • Location

: KarasumadoriOike-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

  • Representative

: Ippei Takeda, Chairman & CEO

  • Established

: August 1, 1950

  • Capital

: 14,286 million yen (as of March 31, 2016)

  • Employees

: 4,818 (as of March 31, 2016, consolidated)

  • Line of business

:Production and sales of various kinds of capacitors for electronics, electronic apparatus, and power utilities, function modules, positive thermistors, switching power supplies, capacitor-applied systems and equipment, etc.

  • Net sales

:109,815 million yen (As of March 31, 2016; consolidated)

NICHICON CHAdeMO 1.01-compliant quick chargers for EVs and PHVs
(25-kW and 35-kW models)

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