ABB’s Wim Elshout (right) chats to colleague Steve Amor about the game-changing EV charger

ABB’s fast EV charger to hit the streets

Last week ABB put on show the world’s fastest electric vehicle charger, the Terra HPC. Developed to overcome the challenge of “range anxiety” it takes just eight minutes to add 200 kilometers to a vehicle’s range - enough to travel from Melbourne to Apollo Bay, from Sydney to Newcastle, or a return trip from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.

ABB’s Wim Elshout, Sales manager for ABB’s Electrical Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, told Solar and Storage about Victoria’s Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio’s interest in installing Terra HPC chargers at a service station in Euroa, north of Melbourne. The prominent stop for those travelling along the Hume Highway is ideal, he said, for drivers of EVs on long trips with little time to waste. 

Along with the cost of EVs and lack of government transport emissions policies, charging infrastructure is one of the three main hurdles holding back mass uptake of EVs in Australia, with EVs today accounting for just 0.1 percent of new car sales.

Wim Elshout outlined how Australia can break the charging barrier, and how ABB can be Australia’s “future-proof partner” for planning the nation’s charging infrastructure. (Read more in Summer Solar & Storage magazine.)

ABB entered the EV-charging market back in 2010, and today has a fast growing global installed base of 8,000 ABB DC chargers, including high-power chargers up to 350 kW, installed across 68 countries. Its portfolio includes AC wallboxes, DC fast charging stations and on-demand electric bus charging systems.

As the latest addition to its range of chargers, the Terra HPC charger, the first 350 kW product on the market that has the capacity to charge both 400 V and 800 V cars at full power, was initially developed for Electrify America in the US where it is now being deployed at hundreds of charging stations in metropolitan areas and along national highways.

ABB’s new and compact EVLunic AC wallbox portfolio was also on display at last week’s show. With 52 different variants, the EV charger is designed for private and business use.

And as title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future.

Fortune Magazine recently ranked ABB #8 on its list of companies that are ‘changing the world’ for the advances it has made in e-mobility and electric vehicle charging.

ABB showcased several other innovative solutions including its PVS980 high-power central inverter and the new REACT 2 residential storage solution, which features a long-life battery with a capacity of up to 12 kWh. 

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