Leading provider of power and automation technologies, ABB has launched a new charging solution for electric cars.
According to the international firm, its new Terra Smart Connect DC fast charger represents a significant breakthrough which will improve the business case for installing electric vehicle fast chargers throughout Europe.
Available for delivery across Europe from the second quarter of the year, prices start from €9,988 for small volume orders.
The Terra SC is a cost-effective direct-current (DC) charger specifically designed for convenient fast charging in commercial and office areas. It fully charges an electric car in 30-120 minutes, achieving an 80 per cent battery recharge in less than half an hour.
The Terra SC comes with outdoor stainless steel housing, a full-colour 8 inch intuitive touch-screen user interface and all the smart connectivity features that ABB’s Terra chargers are known for. It is quick and easy to install at almost any location due to its ultra-thin design and simple floor and wall-mount connections, which create maximum space efficiency. On top of that, the Terra SC – unlike some other DC fast chargers – uses the widely available 3-phase 32A input, which eliminates the need for a costly grid connection upgrade.
With the number of electric vehicles around the world rising, there is growing demand for charging infrastructure. ABB estimates that the market for charging solutions will be worth $1 billion by 2017. Since launching Europe’s first commercially operated fast-charging station in the Netherlands in May 2010, ABB has delivered and installed many DC charging stations and networks throughout the region. In January, ABB won a tender offer to build a network of 200 fast chargers throughout Estonia, creating the world’s first DC charging infrastructure with full nationwide coverage.
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