ABB, a major power and automation technology group, is working together with Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. on the rollout of a record electric vehicle (EV) fast-charger network. Perhaps a bit surprisingly, this will make China the global leader for EV fast charging.
Nearing mid-2014, distribution of the initial wall-mounted chargers will be available through DENZA dealerships, sold alongside the company’s EVs. The rollout of the DC fast chargers will occur over the course of 6 years.
The EV industry is one of seven “emergent strategic industries” in China. The wall-mounted chargers provide original, ingenious design to increase smooth safety with a mobile app that allows remote monitoring and control of charging sessions. This app will provide significant ease with a choice of charging status notifications.
ABB further reports on the news, with ABB’s CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer stating:
We are honored to be a partner in this venture to move urban transportation forward in a more sustainable way. By combining car sales with fast chargers, DENZA is taking a bold step to address a key obstacle for potential buyers of EVs. ABB’s EV charging solutions have been expanding rapidly worldwide as the underlying technology combines our key strengths in power electronics, software, service and power distribution.
“The DENZA represents a significant step in sustainable transportation for the Chinese automotive market. It was vital that we had the right partner to support this innovative concept,” said Arno Roehringer, COO of BDNT. “ABB is the ideal technology partner for us, and – equally important – it has the service expertise to install this solution.”
This press release also points out: “The Chinese government has introduced a direct current (DC) fast charging ‘GBT’ standard to encourage technical innovation and stimulate market acceptance of EVs. The urban charging infrastructure will be a key driver for EV adoption. The GBT standard will give Chinese consumers the opportunity to conveniently charge their vehicles at home or at public charging stations. Public DC fast charging is expected to be rolled out in China in the near future.”
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