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ABB Launches Fast EV Charger

ABB is launching the Terra Smart Connect (SC), a direct current (DC), fast charger for electric vehicles (EV) in Europe.


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The fast EV charger has been designed for fast charging in commercial and office areas, and can fully charges an electric car in 30-120 minutes.

It can also charge to set levels in a shorter period of time if a full charge is not necessary. Charging from a 30% to 80% takes less than half an hour, ABB says.

The Terra SC uses the widely available 3-phase 32A input, eliminating the need for a costly grid connection upgrade.

“The launch of the Terra SC demonstrates our commitment to deliver the optimal charging solution for every possible location in the network – both in terms of functionality and affordability. With its breakthrough price, low commissioning costs, easy installation and smart design features, the Terra SC creates a much more compelling case for installing EV fast chargers at many more locations throughout Europe – providing a strong boost to the development of electric mobility,” says Hans Streng, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ABB’s Product Group EV Charging Infrastructure.

The Terra SC is web-connected and includes features such as remote assistance, management and servicing and smart software upgradeability. Its key optional features include RFiD and PIN code authorisation, a billing interface for parking operators and a web-based statistics module with data per user to support energy usage reporting.

The Terra SC complements ABB’s existing portfolio of fast-charging solutions, which include the highway fast chargers Terra 51 and the multi-port Terra Base Station 100.2 that are mainly used along highway locations to offer a 15-30 minute 'charge and go' service.