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Switzerland: ABB launches Duo AC/DC charger

ABB has launched the Terra Smart Connect Duo, the first 22kW AC & DC fast charging station for EVs tested to support the Daimler smart electric drive and Renault Zoe using AC charging, as well as with CHAdeMO vehicles such as the Nissan EV200, Mitsubishi Outlander, Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner. The Terra Smart Connect Duo supports DC … Continued

ABB has launched the Terra Smart Connect Duo, the first 22kW AC & DC fast charging station for EVs tested to support the Daimler smart electric drive and Renault Zoe using AC charging, as well as with CHAdeMO vehicles such as the Nissan EV200, Mitsubishi Outlander, Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner.

The Terra Smart Connect Duo supports DC and also has an AC charging cable attached. An AC wall box satellite system will be available later this year offering additional compatibility with any electric or plug-in-hybrid vehicle.

The new unit charges an EV traction battery in 30-120 minutes. The cloud-connected charger is compatible with any network or payment and billing platform through open standards-based interfaces such as the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), enabling payments via smart-phone, parking management terminals, RFID or pin code access. The equipment is designed to facilitate remote monitoring and maintenance and the provision of customer specific usage statistics and reports.

“We believe it is important to offer an equal user experience to owners of both DC and AC fast chargeable cars regardless of connection standard and communication protocols,” said Hans Streng, General Manager of ABB’s EV charging infrastructure group. “ABB will support all relevant charging standards that are adopted by multiple carmakers.” Earlier this year, ABB demonstrated the functional prototype of a Combo DC fast charging station designed to the SAE standard for which the first compatible EVs are expected to be on sale from H2 2013 onwards. It has not indicated whether it expects to accommodate this and the CHAdeMO standard in a single unit.

Towards the end of 2019, ABB estimates that the market for charging infrastructure solutions will reach US$1bn. Since launching Europe’s first commercially operated fast charging station in May 2010, ABB has delivered and installed “hundreds” of charging stations throughout Estonia and in Belgium, and recently installed its first unit in North America.

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