The Barcelona Motor Show, known since 2017 as Automobile Barcelona, held its centenary this year. It is undoubtedly the leading trade fair for Spain's automotive industry
Circutor attended the event once again, showing its commitment to sustainable mobility and the environment by showcasing its range of EV (electric vehicle) charging solutions.
In fact, the 2019 edition particularly focused on the current trend towards sustainable mobility, with vehicles powered by electric motors making up a large part of the exhibition areas. A good example of this was the Volkswagen Group's stand, where the latest innovations from the German multinational were unveiled, with clearly futuristic, all electric vehicles that already exist. In fact, Volkswagen has announced the launch of 20 entirely electric models by 2020.
The Volkswagen Group's approach is just another example of this tendency, and other brands present at the show are pursuing the same strategy. All the concept cars on display at Automobile are powered by entirely electric means, and many of the standard models showcased are hybrid versions already available on the market.
This reflects just how conscious main manufacturers in the car industry are of the importance of shifting towards a sustainable mobility approach.
Over recent years, the above-mentioned trend has turned into a race to devise solutions to charge this type of vehicle, a race that Circutor has been leading for 10 years.
In the 2019 edition, Circutor unveiled its latest innovations in electric vehicle charging, offering new options for home or domestic charging.
The eNEXT Wallbox, award winning device at the latest Matelec trade fair, is a step further in terms of connectivity and user interface. It features a wireless authentication system to allow an EV owner to start charging without even touching the device. It also includes the possibility to control charging by using an app on the owner's mobile device, which enables access to charge configuration, monitoring and statistics regarding device usage.
The new eNEXT comes in 3 versions, offering different features according to installation needs, with an output power range of up to 22kW:
- eNEXT Pro
- eNEXT Elite
As well as the new domestic charger, the rest of Circutor's wide-ranging charging stations were also on display at the company's stand, ranging from home to fast on-street charge points, as well as semi-fast charging for multi-user indoor or outdoor car parks.
- Fast on-street charging: Raption 50 and Raption 150
Circutor's fast charge versions supply 50 kW and 150 kW respectively to achieve maximum battery level in minutes. The latter model is a new addition to the fast charge range, tailoring the Raption series to today's market needs, with significantly-improved batteries in terms of capacity. The devices have a touch screen to interface with the client and include OCPP (Open Charge Point Protocol) communications to remotely manage the device and a cutting-edge system to control the URBAN Master/Slave range of devices. Plus two, DC power outlets at the front for vehicles fitted with either CCS combo or CHAdeMO connectors.
- Multi-user outdoor car park charging: URBAN and URBAN Master/Slave
The multi-user outdoor car park charging range comprises rugged, metal-enclosed devices with charge powers of up to 44kW at two separate outlets.
The new master/slave version is a recent development in this product range, allowing up to 9 devices to be linked to the one acting as master, permitting autonomous management of the other devices (slaves). By using the master device to link up with charge management platforms, directly interfacing with the slaves without needing to spend any extra on communications, thereby optimising the installation's capacity to the maximum, overall costs of installing charging posts are minimised.
- Multi-user indoor car park charging: ePark and Urban WB
The solution for indoor charging comprises two power outlets of up to 22kW that will allow owners of large premises with indoor parking and/or large neighbourhood communities to offer an intelligent, safe charging service.
Urban Wb is a compact version of the Urban charging post, with a metal enclosure and rugged design, while the ePark box is a recent, newly-designed addition to this type of device and has two, type-2 connectors, each offering 7.4 kW, in the same compact casing.
Both models have RFID card identification terminals as a fraud prevention measure.
- Domestic charging: eNext and eHome
Besides the award-winning eNEXT, Circutor's home range also includes the eHome Wallbox. These devices have been designed for mostly slow overnight charging at home. They also allow for simple installations in neighbourhood communities.
One of the main advantages of Circutor's range of EV charging solutions is that the devices may be smartly and remotely managed thanks to the software environment developed by the company, such as CirBeOn and DLM (Dynamic Load Management). Thanks to which, the person in charge of multi-user charging stations is able to ensure optimum, balanced consumption, and keep the power consumed below the contracted rate; tripping of protections or surcharges in contracted power, depending on the type of installation, are also possible to avoid.
The 100th anniversary of Automobile Barcelona came to an end with a remarkable attendance at Circutor's stand, once again illustrating the synergy between manufacturers and fans of the car industry and companies developing EV charging systems.