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Fueling Up for the Future: Driving Convenience for Electric Car Owners


 

Once a rarity, electric cars are becoming a common sight on the roads. They are now a mainstay in the modern automobile market and with ever-improving technology, are becoming a more viable alternative to traditional gas-powered vehicles.

When it’s time to fuel up, we’ve become accustomed to stopping at our local gas stations, but it hasn’t always been that easy for electric vehicle owners– until recently. The world’s infrastructure is becoming more electric, driven by technology and the need for more sustainable solutions. By the year 2030, 32% of new cars sold will have electric engines.

A Changing World, A New Solution

To meet the needs of electric vehicles, gas stations across the world are beginning to install Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations (EV Stations) so that gasoline-fueled and electric vehicle owners can fuel up at the same places they’ve always visited.

EV Stations require technology that ensures safe and reliable electricity transfer and highly specialized equipment to avoid power surges, unreliable power transfer and potential injury.

To add EV units to their gas stations, a global oil and gas company needed to find a solution that made recharging electric cars at gas stations a simple and effective task. The process of building new EV charging stations meant they needed an electrical and power solution to meet several technical requirements, including site space constraints and functionality in a gas and petroleum environment.

It also needed the solution to be implemented quickly. Together with several other nVent components, the company used nVent ERIFLEX Flexibar Advance in its built-from-scratch unit design.

“Electric-powered vehicles are an emerging trend, which means there are many great possibilities and also many logistical challenges to address,” said nVent ERIFLEX Business Developer Robin Vaucelle. “By combining unique, safe, flexible and customized features, our solutions are designed to help EV drivers to safely and reliably recharge without worry.

To add EV units to their gas stations, a global oil and gas company needed to find a solution that made recharging electric cars at gas stations a simple and effective task. The process of building a new EV charging station meant they needed an electrical and power solution to meet several technical requirements, including site space constraints and functionality in a gas and petroleum environment. It also needed the solution to be implemented quickly. Together with several other nVent components, the company used nVent ERIFLEX Flexibar in its built-from-scratch unit design.

“Electric-powered vehicles are an emerging trend, which means there are many great possibilities and also many logistical challenges to address,” said nVent ERIFLEX Business Developer Robin Vaucelle. “By combining unique, safe, flexible and customized features, our solutions are designed to help EV drivers to safely and reliably recharge without worry.

 
Integrated Solutions

Flexibar Advanced is a flat conductor featuring thin layers of tinned electrolytic copper formed into a stack. It is thinner and more flexible than cable. The Flexibar Advanced is highly insulated with low-smoke, halogen free and flame retardant insulation, making it high temperature resistant (up to 115°C). With the ability to bend, fold and twist to meet customers’ exact design needs, Flexibar Advanced also improves assembly flexibility, shortens connections and decreases footprint.

Transmitting electricity also requires reliable power connections. Using nVent ERIFLEX Power Blocks, the company was able to implement certified solutions with high short circuit ratings into their EV stations’ infrastructure. Power Blocks offer voltage detection and measurement connection features and can be used with a variety of conductors, both flat and round. With a unique low-voltage power and grounding design, nVent ERIFLEX Power Blocks are perfect for electricity transfer in a petroleum setting.

In addition to Flexibar and Power Blocks, the customer used nVent insulation products and surge protection devices. All nVent ERIFLEX solutions installed at EV Stations use nVent ERIFLEX Advanced Technology, a unique offering that combines low smoke, halogen-free and flame retardant (LSHFFR) features to improve the safety and reliability of electrical operations.

Keeping Customers Happy, No Matter What They Drive

nVent deployed a full range of solutions to ensure a seamless system for the customer. This allowed the oil and gas company to focus on leading the way in the electric vehicle charging market. Their implementation of the EV Charging Stations means that drivers will be able to get back on the road as they always have, in whatever vehicles they choose, no matter how they are fueled.

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