Kallista charging station + car H2 Hopium Machina

Prisoner of a triangle bounded by Pacy-sur-Eure, Vernon and Giverny, the city of Douains, in Eure, has just offered its interior to 2 very different announcements about electric mobility in its plurality. The Kallista network has opened a pilot station there, and Hopium is expected to build its high-end hydrogen fuel cell car there, called ” machine “.

A network of 90 stations is coming

Equipped with 2 units of the new ABB Terra 360 chargers, for a total of 4 charging points, the Kallista pilot station has just been inaugurated 80 km from Paris, near exit number 16 of the A13 motorway. This site, which was initially supposed to be operational at the end of 2021, starts an ultra-fast network for electric vehicles in France.

Our Vernon-Douains pilot station is the first step towards the rollout of our network of 90 very high power charging stations across France. In particular, it will allow us to take advantage of user feedback to offer the best service to motorists, regardless of the make and model of their vehicle. ” said Johann Tardy, CEO of Kallista Energy.

IRVE ABB

The Terra 360 model can deliver DC power up to 360 kW to be distributed over the 2 Combo CCS connectors present. With this terminal, ABB has worked on ease of use and practicality. It thus displays, with real-time refresh, the few conventional information (state of charge, time until the end of the operation) via vertical and horizontal LED panels.

Kallista Pilot Station

In addition, the hardware has an ergonomic 5-meter cable management system that helps electric drivers quickly and without significant effort to connect their vehicles. With such a length, the different configurations of slots for the hatches on the machines should not be a problem.

The ABB Terra 360 terminal combines several qualities that we want to put at the service of our customers, namely power, ease of use and scalability, especially with the 4 charging points per “, stressed Johann Tardy.

Connected wind turbines

Kallista then plans to gradually connect most of its 90 stations with wind turbines. Wishful thinking!? No, rather the regret of not being able to open the various pages from the start. There are delays, especially administrative ones, in order to establish new large wind farms in France.

The connection between the 2 infrastructures will make it possible to offer charging at a competitive price to electric motorists thanks to the production of short-circuit renewable electricity “, we can read in the press release dated Friday, September 23, 2022.

Rue de l’Escadron des Cracks, in Douains, the price of 0.55 euros per minute shown on totem already competitive at a time when operators announce price increases one after the other. The first 6 comments on Chargemap, regarding this pilot station, are all positive and most often mention a coffee machine, furniture to sit on and a team to receive drivers.

Hopium

The municipality of Douains has also just been chosen by the manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell electric cars Hopium to establish its research and development center and its first production lines on 35 hectares. With an annual capacity of 20,000 units, they were due to enter service in late 2024 for an official inauguration in early 2025. Eventually 1,500 people could work on site.

Hopium machine

It is a major project that will contribute to the industrial renewal of France. We have chosen Normandy, a region which, in our opinion, has all the assets to host the factory of the future. Starting with its unique geographical location between Paris and the Canal, enhanced by the Seine axis, its industrial basin and its rich innovation hub, in which we are now involved. “, highlighted CEO Olivier Lombard.

Launch of Machina in late 2025

In its roadmap, Hopium has planned to deliver the first examples of its initial Machina model from the end of 2025. The top sedan is expected at the Paris Motor Show, which opens its doors in Paris, Versailles, from 17 to 23 October. Little technical information is currently available about this car.

Three minutes would be enough to fill up his 2 tanks with hydrogen. The largest would be installed for a good part of the length of the vehicle, between the 2 axles. Much smaller, the other would take place perpendicularly, between the rear wheels.

The device had to contain between 10 and 15 kg of gas compressed to 700 bar to maintain the planned range of 1,000 km. Underneath the 2 cylinders, the buffer battery is deliberately lowered to achieve the best center of gravity.

PAC H2 in front

As on the Toyota Mirai, the H2 battery would be located at the front under the bonnet. A position that would facilitate its maintenance. Nothing is indicated about the place reserved for the motorisation. If the Machine were to have only 2 wheels to drive it, then the engine would definitely be located at the back.

Hopium machine

An all-wheel drive architecture would certainly be better suited to the advertised 500 horsepower (368 kW). In this case, the machine will carry at least one unit in the front and another in the back. Unless you envisioned a 3 or 4 engine system. A speed of 230 km/h was also revealed. For the rest, see you in Paris in about twenty days.

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