ABB brings DC fast charging standards together in one station


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ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, launched the Terra 53 for North America. This 50 kW DC fast charging station meets both SAE Combo and CHAdeMO standards for battery electric vehicles. ABB has led the market as the first manufacturer in the world to meet both standards, launching the harmonized product in Europe last spring. The Terra 53 SAE Combo version for the Americas will be available for delivery in November, with the dual outlet, multi-standard version available for delivery in early 2014.

With its convenient 15 to 30 minute charging time, the Terra 53 is an ideal choice for highway and city centers, fueling stations, fleets, and other infrastructure providers interested in tapping into the growing EV charging revenue stream. The Terra 53 joins the ABB Terra family of DC charging stations that offer fast charging times with industry leading, business-to-business network solutions.

The launch of the Terra 53 demonstrates ABB’s leadership in supporting the latest developments in the EV industry in a sustainable, future-proof way. “Meeting both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo standards in a single fast charger provides one simple solution to meet the needs of existing and future EV drivers,” said Cal Lankton, Director of ABB’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure business in North America. “The Terra 53 concept is exciting, because driver confidence in charger availability is very influential for EV adoption rates.”

The power of data 
The Terra 53 combines cost-effective hardware with functional design and state-of-the-art technology. The cloud connected Terra 53 is compatible with many charging networks and payment platforms through open standards-based interfaces, such as the widely adopted Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), enabling easy and secure payments via smart phone, credit card reader, parking management terminals, RFID and pin code access.

The Terra 53’s smart connectivity also allows remote monitoring, pro-active maintenance and functional upgrades, providing charging service providers with the tools necessary to gather detailed usage statistics and reports, as well as manage the status of each charger location in real-time.

Global experience 
ABB was the first company to demonstrate a working prototype of the SAE Combo standard at EVS26 in Los Angeles, and at eCarTec in Munich in 2012. With successes throughout Europe in deploying and managing nationwide EV charging networks, ABB is known for industry leading uptime, reliability and long-standing commitment to the EV charging industry. To date, the company has helped facilitate the creation of nationwide charging infrastructure networks throughout Northern Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Estonia.