New cooled cable to allow super-fast EV charging

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Huber+Sunher, a leading international manufacturer of components and systems for optical and electrical connectivity, has developed a cooled cable and connector that enables the high power charging of electric vehicles.

Huber+Sunher’s new development can multiply the power-throughput of a charging cable, keeping charge times below 20 minutes for an 80% State of Charge. This is relevant even with the larger battery packs of new electric vehicles and trucks. With the release of the next generation of long range electric vehicles present, fast-charging stations running with a power of 50kW and a current of 120A will lead to charging times up to one hour.

Huber+Sunher states that its new cooled cable system allows currents of 500A or higher to be achieved, encased in a flexible, small-diameter and low-weight cable solution. This perfectly matches the High Power Charging stations currently under development that are said to provide 350 kW with charging currents of 350 A or more.

Huber+Sunher is convinced that the cooled cable and connector will support and accelerate the demand for environmentally friendly electric vehicles, as long charge times are a key factor in negatively influencing a person’s decision to purchase one.

“Our cooled cables and connectors will make rapid charge times for all electric cars absolutely feasible,” said Frank Rothe, head of the Automotive Market Unit at Huber+Sunher. “With environmentally conscious vehicles becoming more and more popular in the mainstream, this is the next step in making purchasing an electric vehicle the norm. We are excited to offer the cooled cable with Combined Charging System (CCS) type-1 and type-2 connectors and, since Huber+Sunher is committed to tailoring the best possible solution for each individual situation, we are always happy to discuss custom designs with our partners.”

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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