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ComfortDelGro to introduce direct current fast charging for EV

ComfortDelGro direct current charger promises to charge an EV in 30 minutes

Anyone who owns an electric vehicle knows that a full charge takes anywhere between three and four hours. Soon this will be a thing of the past with a new direct current (DC) fast charging service from ComfortDelGro.

The Terra 54 CG charging station, which will be operated by the group’s wholly-owned subsidiary ComfortDelGro Engineering in partnership with global EV charging software and solutions provider, Greenlots, promises a full charge up in as little as 30 minutes.

In addition to the alternating current (AC) standard that most charging stations offer, the fast charging station provided by pioneering technology leader, ABB, operates primarily on the DC method, and will be the first of its kind here once test documents are cleared with the authorities.

The Terra 54 CG charging station offers a 43-kW Type 2 AC charger and 50-kW Combo-2 DC fast charger, allowing two EVs to charge at the same time.

It also boasts a robust all-weather stainless steel enclosure that allows it to be stationed outdoors. The DC fast charger is an ideal en route stop for EVs in need of a top-up as typical charging time can be as little as 30 minutes as compared to AC charging, which takes up between three and four hours.

Charging is priced at 40 cents per kWh for both AC and DC charging.

Greenlots users who own BMW EVs (BMW i3, BMW i8, and BMW iPerformance models), fully-electric Hyundai Ioniqs, as well as the Renault ZOEs will have access to this charging station round-the-clock.

To gain entry into ComfortDelGro’s premises in Braddell, drivers will need to apply for a special access pass directly with ComfortDelGro Engineering. EV owners can check the availability of the charging station and pay the charges through the Greenlots App.

Cabbies driving ComfortDelGro’s fully electric Hyundai Ioniq taxis, which were rolled out in July this year, do not require the access pass.

ComfortDelGro Engineering CEO Ang Soo Hock said: “We are delighted to introduce Singapore’s first commercial DC fast charging service. We have always supported the adoption of low-carbon emissions technologies, and hope that the introduction of this service will contribute towards the development of a reliable and accessible EV charging network in Singapore.”

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