FreeWire Partners with Bell Energy to Introduce Premium EV Charging in Japan

Leading EV charging solutions provider FreeWire Technologies and Japanese solar developer Bell Energy have formed a partnership for the deployment of Japan’s first battery-integrated Boost Charger.

April 18, 2022. By News Bureau

Leading EV charging solutions provider FreeWire Technologies and Japanese solar developer Bell Energy have formed a partnership for the deployment of Japan’s first battery-integrated Boost Charger.

This installation, located in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, is an important step forward in the shaping of Japan’s fast-charging network and the overall electrification of its vehicles and fleets. 

The Japanese government announced its “Green Growth Strategy” for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. This report took note of the lacking EV infrastructure, hindering electric adoption. EV market cap in Japan is still low at 1% today but is expected to reach 20-30% by 2030.

Despite Japan’s early investment in EV charging in 2012, even 10 years later, much of this slow-charging infrastructure is not able to meet the country’s projected demand for ultrafast EV charging.

To meet its aggressive electrification goals, rapid and widespread access to public fast-charging infrastructure is necessary.

“FreeWire and Bell Energy are pioneering EV infrastructure in Japan, a country long-known for its automotive and technology innovation,” said Suzuki Katsuzo, CEO, Bell Energy. “This technology will help us to provide coverage in areas where securing new, larger grid connections would make installing such infrastructure more challenging. We’re delighted to have completed this initial installation and look forward to expanding with partner organizations and customers.”

Boost Charger connects to Japan’s low-voltage 200 V power which recharges a 160 kW internal battery to provide high-power, 150 kW EV charging, equivalent to 150 km in 10 minutes.

The system is designed to provide simultaneous charging through dual CHAdeMO connectors. The charger virtually eliminates the costs associated with grid upgrades and reduces ongoing costs by reducing base electricity prices at the site.

“EV drivers across America, and increasingly the United Kingdom are already receiving an ultrafast charge with Boost Charger, and we’re pleased to work with Bell Energy to expand this premium service to the public and fleets in Japan,” said Rob Anderson, Director of Business Development, FreeWire. “FreeWire’s technology will be a critical solution for rapidly installing ultrafast charging to meet EV adoption goals nationwide.”

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