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PRODUCT NEWS Text on this page is written and submitted by suppliers. Please email product news to nick@mcleanevents.com eVolt Introduces Raption 50 Electric Vehcile Charger eVolt has introduced the Raption 50, its third-generation Rapid EV charger, which uses modular power technology. The Raption 50 has four individual power packs delivering 12.5kW each. If one power pack fails, the unit will continue charging EVs at a lower output by drawing power from the functioning packs. Raption 50 completes an 80% charge in 30 minutes with simultaneous charging for two EVs at 50kW DC and 43kW AC. It is comparatively smaller and slimmer than its previous models and has three charging cables that cater for every EV/PHEV model. Justin Meyer, general manager of eVolt UK, said: “While eVolt’s Rapid units have always proved highly dependable, modular power technology makes them even more reliable by reducing the potential for down-time. The new Raption 50 has been designed with input from our clients. This is one of the ways we make sure our chargers meet their needs.” Justin added, “The Raption can be scaled down should a local power network not be capable of Rapid charging or if a user only needs to draw 25kW of power. At the same time the opposite can happen, and we can scale the chargers back up to deliver more power.” Raption 50 also has an ultra-fast 20cm touchscreen that has multiple language options; an inbuilt downlight for better visibility at night; and fully-secure charging connector holsters that can only be unlocked from the charging station with a verified RFID card, reducing damage to the equipment through improper use or vandalism. PDI grows global presence with three acquisitions PDI, a Texas-based provider of enterprise software and solutions to convenience retailers and petroleum wholesale marketers, has acquired Datamax Group, LOMOSOFT, and FireStream Worldwide, Inc. The acquisitions expand PDI’s market reach and broadens its software solution offering serving both upstream and downstream businesses DataMax Group provides software solutions to retail fuel stores in more than 50 countries; Germany-based LOMOSOFT provides secondary fuel distribution and logistics solutions in 38 European countries; and FireStream offers wholesale, logistics and supply chain software in North America. “We feel the complementary nature of these businesses brings tremendous benefits to our existing client and employee base,” said PDI CEO, Jimmy Frangis, in a company release. PDI provides services to more than 650 companies operating in more than 50,000 locations worldwide. Mister Car Wash enters California with new acquisition Mister Car Wash has announced the acquisition of Cruz Thru Car Wash, a chain of 10 Express stores based in Bakersfield, California. “Cruz Thru is widely considered one of the most innovative, high-volume car washes in the industry and a great platform for entry into California,” said Casey Lindsay, Director of Acquisitions. All of the car wash sites belonging to Cruz Thru are in Bakersfield, a city north of Los Angeles. “We’re incredibly honoured to acquire a prestigious business like Cruz Thru. From the minute we saw their operations we became huge fans. They’ve got an intense focus on customer service and share our people-first culture,” said John Lai, President and CEO of Mister Car Wash. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, Mister Car Wash operates 222 car washes and 34 express lubes in 21 states. Petrosmart deploys advanced fuel solution OTI Petrosmart, provider of integrated fuel management solutions, will roll out EasyFuelPlus across a network of more than 300 stations in Southern Africa. EasyFuelPlus is OTI’s most advanced Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) solution. The AVI solution, which has been installed at these stations, was proven effective in addressing fuel fraud and managing fuel consumption. “We are confident our latest AVI solution, EasyFuelPlus, will build upon the field proven success and continue providing our valued end users with a seamless and intuitive AVI experience,” said Charlotte Hambly-Nuss, Managing Director of OTI PetroSmart, in a company release. A major multinational company made the significant purchase order, according to OTI CEO Shlomi Cohen. OTI (On Track Innovations) is a global provider of near field communication (NFC), cashless payment, and fuel management solutions. Texas car wash gives opportunities to homeless people Bo Guard Detailing, a car wash located in Houston, Texas, has been giving jobs to homeless people for more than 15 years. The car wash owner, Dorothy Bickham, said she has hired, paid, fed, and housed more than 400 people with no homes. Bickham herself used to live on the streets. She believes that homeless people deserve better treatment, and they need help and a second chance. “They are people, and I tell them when you get here, you’re not homeless no more,” Bickham said. Many situations have become success stories, she added, by just giving them another chance. ISTOBAL reduces hydrocarbons in car wash wastewater With the hydrocarbon separator, ISTOBAL has managed to retain hydrocarbons in the vehicles’ fuel and engines, preventing them from contaminating the water used in the wash process. With this equipment, water can also be reused in subsequent car wash services. ISTOBAL has underlined the importance of avoiding the use or discharge of untreated water in washing processes, as one litre of oil pollutes 1,000 m3 of water (the equivalent of an Olympic swimming pool) or m2 of land (a football pitch). ISTOBAL’s hydrocarbon separator conforms to European standard EN 858, DIN 1999 Class I. Available on all its car wash machines, this technology ensures effluents under 5 ppm, not only complying with European standards on water disposal in public sewage, but also surpassing the set elimination levels. A pioneer in developing technologies that reduce water and energy consumption. In their commitment to the environment, the company has reduced water consumption in commercial vehicle wash machines by 45% by increasing water pressure during the most critical wash phase, consumption-wise. Scheidt & Bachmann now available in Mexico Products and services of Germany-based system vendor Scheidt & Bachmann, will now be offered in Mexico. This comes after it entered into a partnership with Mexican distributor of control systems and automatic pay stations, Autosistemas Inteligentes. Autosistemas Inteligenteswill now offer Scheidt & Bachmann’s solutions to parking facilities operators in Mexico. “Scheidt & Bachmann is looking to exploit the great potential of the market and to expand it further - not only through the partnership with AutoSistemas which we are greatly looking forward to, but also by participating at Intertraffic 2017 in Mexico,” said Martin Kammler, Managing Director of Scheidt & Bachmann GmbH. 18 erpecnews is published by McLean Events, Conferences and Media Ltd.


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