Nidec ASI announced the installation of an Ultra Fast Charger (UFC) station in the ROA Group service area on the Telesina (Benevento) state road 372. The installation of this system contributes to the gradual generalization of electric mobility in Italy, a sign of its commitment to a more sustainable model of development and tourism. This engagement is also reflected within the Group itself, in particular by the renewal of the company's fleet of vehicles, which has become entirely electric, and by the installation of two UFCs in the Milan and Montebello offices. This system allows cars equipped with the latest generation of batteries to be charged up to 80%, in parallel or in series, in less than 15 minutes. Its compact size allows it to provide an extensive distribution network to meet the needs of the electric car market players.
The system developed reduces the impact of charging points on the national grid by modernizing the electrification process of electric car charging infrastructures. The UFC allows cars, buses and commercial vehicles to be charged without drawing electricity directly from the grid, thus avoiding power peaks and possible blackouts. It also incorporates an energy storage battery that acts as a "buffer" between the power grid and the charging point. The chargers can be connected to LV or MV grids and can provide up to 320 kW of power to a vehicle with an energy consumption of only 50 kW.
Nidec ASi will deliver to the ROA group a Powersafe 1.0 with two 79kWh battery packs equipped with a charging point with two 160kW outlets and 2 certified meters. Also powered by an existing photovoltaic system, the system will be able to use 100% green energy while reducing the impact on the grid. The ROA Group will benefit from a rapid return on investment, guaranteeing a source of revenue from the charging of electric vehicles and from the supply of electricity to the national grid thanks to the B2G (Battery-To-Grid) function, which allows part of the energy stored in the Powersafe to be used for the electrical consumption of the service station.
"We are really proud of this order which demonstrates how much attention is being paid to sustainability and the evolution of mobility throughout Italy as it moves towards a new paradigm that will lead to the widespread diffusion of e-vehicles. Awareness has grown considerably following the pandemic which has made us realize that reducing pollution and our impact on the environment is possible. As Nidec ASI, we strongly believe that supporting e-mobility is crucial for the transition towards a sustainable development model in which renewable energy and zero-emission technologies will play a central role. We believe that our new Ultra Fast Charger, created by leveraging our knowledge of microgrids, energy storage and power quality, will give a strong boost to creating an efficient and cutting-edge charging infrastructure," said Dominique Llonch, CEO of Nidec ASI and Chairman of Nidec Industrial Solutions. “I am particularly pleased that the ROA Group has chosen our know-how and our solution to create the first installation for the fast charging of next generation vehicles in Italy. In fact, carrying out these projects requires a partner who has the necessary experience to create industrial products built to last. We hope that the positive example set by ROA, which is one step ahead of many energy giants, will inspire other major companies in the sector here in Italy to help revolutionize mobility as we know it today."
"Ever since we started the service area renovation project, our idea was to revive the pleasure of traveling along what is historically a very important artery road that provides a rapid connection between central and northern Italy to Apulia, Basilicata and region of Molise and its capital, Campobasso," declared Amedeo and Roberto Onofrio, Shareholder-Owners of the ROA Group. “With the Nidec ASI Ultra Fast Charger we are adding another important piece to our hospitality and services project. What immediately convinced us of the validity of the project is the ‘hybrid’ technology used which, integrated with the 190-kW photovoltaic system we are going to install, will produce 100% green energy and will not need to draw energy from the national grid. This not only avoids power peaks and blackouts, it will also reduce the energy consumption of the structure itself. In addition, this innovative system makes it possible to rapidly charge car batteries to a level of 80% in less than 15 minutes. This is the future of mobility and we are ready to embrace this challenge with an eye on sustainability, the uniqueness of the products and the quality of what is being offered. Any stopover on a journey is part of the journey itself and must be given the same amount of care and attention. This is our Group's philosophy."