Siemens has secured a contract to deliver SICHARGE D electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers in Turkey from Astor Enerji, a Turkish manufacturer of transformer and switchgear products.

The single order comprises 200 EV fast chargers and digital services.

Astor Enerji aims to build charging stations throughout Turkey. The company plans to set up chargers every 200km along highways all over the country and at various shopping malls.

Under the contract, Siemens will also offer control and monitoring configuration backend software to guarantee optimised operations.

Astor Enerji will be able to employ cloud applications for the charger management system, which will include payment modules, membership choices, and energy pricing, with the software.

The charging stations will be equipped to communicate with cloud systems and can be monitored and controlled remotely through Siemens’ software.

Astor Energy board of directors chairman Feridun Geçgel said: “As Astor Energy, we have the capacity to increase power with our deep-rooted experience and expertise.

“Our cooperation with Siemens Turkey will offer electric vehicle owners safe, fast, and easy charging. In addition, this agreement will contribute to our country’s goals in energy efficiency and environmentally friendly technologies.”

At least 150 chargers are scheduled to be operational by the end of 2023, with the remaining chargers to be supplied by February 2024.

SICHARGE D is Siemens’ direct current (DC) high-power charger with a rating of up to 300kW. It is said to reduce charging times to between 15 and 25 minutes and is intuitive to operate.

Siemens smart infrastructure eMobility CEO Markus Mildner said: “We are delighted to be able to make a substantial contribution to the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Turkey.

“The combined expertise of Astor Enerji and Siemens supports the rapid implementation of the project. SICHARGE D is a perfect fit for the needs of EV drivers, and our digital services will help ensure highest availability of the future charging network.”