Volkswagen-funded Electrify America has briefly shut down its high-power electrical automobile charging stations after uncovering an issue with a charging cable supplied by a third-party firm. Many of the high-kilowatt community stays offline, however electrical automobile homeowners aren’t anticipated to note the disturbance except the issue takes a number of months to resolve.
“Out of an abundance of warning, Electrify America is shutting down all of our stations that use the Huber+Suhner high-powered cables till we will affirm that they are often operated safely. We’re assured that Huber+Suhner will examine and resolve this problem as shortly as doable,” wrote Electrify America CEO Giovanni Palazzo in an announcement revealed on-line. Volkswagen based the corporate he runs to create a nationwide, multi-million-dollar community of charging stations not not like Tesla’s Supercharger community.
Electrify America blamed the issue on the liquid-cooled cables that electrical automobile homeowners use to plug their car right into a charging station. The agency referred to as the issue “a possible security problem,” but it surely didn’t reveal the trigger or the impact of the issue. It famous that solely stations constructed to dispense 150 or 350 kilowatts are down; the slower, 50-kilowatt stations stay operational. The L2 chargers and the CHAdeMO connectors aren’t affected by the problem, both.
Huber+Suhner make clear the matter shortly after Electrify America’s announcement. It defined a cable used at a charging station in Germany short-circuited. Nobody was injured in the course of the incident, and the cable was a first-generation prototype so issues weren’t inconceivable, however the firm has requested prospects to cease utilizing its cables till it finds the foundation of the issue. It guarantees to supply extra data as quickly because it turns into accessible.
There’s a silver lining: As of January 2019, not one of the electrical automobiles offered in the USA are appropriate with 150- or 350-kilowatt charging. The primary fashions capable of reap the benefits of super-fast charging speeds would be the 2020 Audi E-Tron, which is scheduled to reach in American showrooms in the summertime of 2019, and the Porsche Taycan, which hasn’t been totally unveiled but and gained’t land till later within the yr. So as to add context, Tesla throttles the output of its Supercharger stations when it approaches 120 kilowatts. In easy phrases, the upper the kilowatts, the quicker the cost.
Electrify America isn’t the one firm that has skilled issues with Huber+Suhner charging cables. The Verge reviews Amsterdam-based Fastned shut down the 175-kilowatt chargers it operates in Holland and Germany after encountering cable-related issues.