Vestel's Electric Vehicle Charger
In the past two years, Vestel has developed an EV charger to meet the market's needs. Specifically designed to address the current challenges in the EV market, the charger can be mounted in four different versions: the 'Totem' version as a single charging pillar and as a two or threefold charger with a smaller stand. The charger units have outputs ranging from 11kW to 22kW AC power, charging an electric vehicle in roughly 1 to 2.5 hours and can be used for residential and public areas. A team of six fulltime engineers worked on designing the EV charger and six additional engineers were involved in the testing of the product.
As new products are developed, it is important to understand which standards apply and which requirements need to be taken into account. From the early phases of development and product design to when the product goes to market, adhering to the standards will help in getting products ready to be, for example, exported to Europe, in the case of Vestel. First time right is an important aspect in cutting costs while increasing competitiveness and time to market. Sarpel: "Since the EV charger is a very new product for Vestel, the important challenge in the beginning was to understand the standards and apply the requirements to, for example, the design of the product. We needed a party with a high level of experience to support us in this."
Our EV charger is first targeted to be sold in the Turkish domestic market. The second step, which will shortly be realized, is going to the European market.
To do so, Vestel looked to DEKRA, whom they have worked with for well over 10 years for the testing and certification of many other products, amongst which are televisions, smart phones, refrigerators, air conditioners, and luminaires. Andaç Pamuk, LVD Manager at Vestel: "Our positive experience with DEKRA is the main reason we decided to ask them to do the testing and certification of our first EV charger. We looked for a party who could inform our personnel about the applicable standards and deliver high technical knowledge." Tim van den Berg, account manager at DEKRA explains: "DEKRA's automotive heritage and extensive service portfolio in the automotive and EV market were a perfect fit for this exciting project."