Powered by renewable energy sources – the public charging station will be operated by Honda R&D Europe. Its 940V capability can deliver up to a maximum of 150kW of energy across four simultaneous connections.
The charging station is said to be ‘future-proofed’ for prospective electric vehicle innovations. While current models of plug-in cars, vans, bicycles or scooters can use the station; the high-voltage capacity is designed to cope with the demands of future vehicles that have not yet been conceived.
Honda R&D Europe intends to install a new hydrogen filling station with integrated hydrogen generation at the Offenbach site. Like the 940V plug-in charging station, it can be supplied exclusively with power from renewable energy sources. It will also have back-to-grid energy storage and transmission capability for the local power networks.
Executive Vice President at Honda R&D Europe, Yasunori Oku said: “We see Europe and especially Germany as one of the most important regions for expansion and progress in electromobility. Honda R&D Europe is intensifying its research efforts at its Offenbach site and is contributing to the rapid expansion of the public charging infrastructure.”
Heike Hollerbach, Director of the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection Bureau for Offenbach, added: “We are pleased with the exemplary commitment by Honda to implement its flagship project here in Offenbach. For us, electromobility is central to all measures for air pollution control, climate protection, parking regulations and municipal planning, and of course for the city of Offenbach’s climate adaptation.
This intervention forms part of Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’ commitment, with a specific aim to have electrified powertrains in two thirds of European cars sold by 2025. Development of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell cars will place Europe at the forefront of Honda’s global electric vehicle strategy.