ABB to build biggest nationwide network of fast chargers
The Netherlands is to become the most populous country yet to roll out a nationwide network of fast-charging stations, thanks to a deal between ABB and Fastned- the country’s leading charging infrastructure developer.
ABB will supply more than 200 electric vehicle fast charging stations, bringing a ‘refuelling’ point within 50 km (31 miles) of all the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants. Each of the stations will be situated along a highway and will be equipped with several multi-standards fast chargers, such as the 50 kilowatt (kW) Terra 52 and Terra 53 models, capable of charging electric vehicles in 15-30 minutes. The first ABB Terra fast chargers are due to be delivered in September 2013, while construction of all the Fastned stations, complete with solar canopies, is expected to be finished by 2015.
Swiss power and automation technologies firm, ABB, has designed its charging stations to a multi-standard design, capable of serving EVs offered by all major car brands from Europe, Asia and the USA. Featuring open standards-based cloud connectivity, Fastned’s new chargers will be able to offer user-friendly payment and access service for all drivers.
Each web-connected ABB fast charger has a wide range of connectivity features, including remote assistance, management and servicing and smart software upgrades. ABB’s multi-standard design supports all fast-charging standards and protocols such as CCS and CHAdeMO.
“This countrywide network of locations will lay the basis for the commercially viable development of e-mobility,” said Bart Lubbers, one of Fastned’s founders. “I foresee a race towards faster charging and larger batteries throughout the car industry.”...
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