Vital EV fits Britain’s most powerful chargers at Millbrook

19 October 2023 #News

Vital EV has installed the first liquid-cooled 400kW Kempower Satellite Chargers in the UK at the UTAC Millbrook automotive test site in Bedfordshire.

These two 400kW chargers, along with two 260kW chargers, will be used to charge prototype and production vehicles.

All four of the Kempower Satellite Chargers is dynamically powered by the 500kW Power Unit, which helps make best-use of their grid supply.

Meanwhile, the two 400kW chargers are fitted with liquid-cooled cables which are rated to 500A and capable of 500kW short-term boost.

As part of the ‘Trust’ aftersales support, Vital EV’s Networks team will continuously monitor the status of the chargers via its Occulus charging management portal, as well as carry out planned and reactive maintenance.

UTAC Millbrook Proving Ground was opened in 1970 as the main testing facility for Vauxhall and Bedford brands.

Now owned by French vehicle testing company UTAC, the facility continues play a major role in the development of vehicles as a performance testing centre for specialist and mainstream manufacturers.

Chris Polmear, Principal Engineer at UTAC, said: “At 400kW, our new charging hub deploys the fastest charge in the UK and the whole process – right the way from the initial conversations to putting it into operation – has been seamless, and their engineering teams have kept us in close communication with all the updates”.

Alex Rae, Director & General Manager of Vital EV, said: “The completion of the UTAC project is just another example of our team’s expertise in delivering sophisticated EV charging projects and our ongoing commitment to achieving our customers’ charging goals.”

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