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Published on April 30th, 2014 | by James Ayre


Terra 23/53 Range Of DC Fast Chargers Passes CHAdeMO 1.0 + Third-party CE Certification, First To Do So

April 30th, 2014 by  

Leading power and automaton technology supplier ABB recently announced that its Terra 23/53 range of fast chargers had passed the new European certification process for DC fast chargers at Applus+ IDIADA, the independent certification house in Spain — becoming the first fast chargers to do so.

The chargers in question are now certified compliant with CHAdeMO 1.0 — the CE standard, as well as the new industry guidelines for multi-standard fast chargers. The certification process was undertaken during the month of March — immediately after the official inauguration of Applus+ IDIADA as the first independent certification house for fast-charging in Europe.

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Green Car Congress provides more information on the certification:

Applus+ IDIADA is the only accredited company that uses an EV charging simulator within its facilities. The simulator, developed internally by Applus+ IDIADA, is capable of running 140 different test items within 3 hours in order to validate the correct reactions of a CHAdeMO quick charger for a safe use according the specifications. Applus+ IDIADA’s EV charging simulator can also be used to validate COMBO chargers and AC mode 3 chargers.

In parallel to the formal standards-certification by IDIADA, the ABB chargers passed the individual vehicle verification testing with Japanese and European car manufacturers, including backward compatibility testing with CHAdeMO 0.9 vehicles. An extensive certification and verification process is a fundamental requirement for fast charging in general and public fast charging in particular, ABB said. CHAdeMO 1.0 and CCS (Combined Charging Standard) functionality require several stricter standards to be met, for example, with respect to charger isolation and power quality.

The new chargers were designed to meet the MOCCA (Multi Outlet Charger Configuration Agreement) specification — a new industry guideline for the safe integration of multiple, different standards for fast-charging, into one single fast-charger unit.

Wil van Gils, VP R&D of ABB EV Charging Infrastructure, stated: “ABB has chosen to avoid rushing products to market and rather focus on pushing appropriate certification to ensure the necessary quality, reliability and safety for a professional EV charging network. We are very proud to be the first with Chademo 1.0 certification outside Japan and to be the first to have passed all relevant compliance verifications with European and Japanese cars. We have given full support to IDIADA to co-develop the MOCCA specification as we are convinced that this is a key element for a successful rollout of public fast-charging infrastructure.”

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  • A few weeks ago I attended the opening of one of the first fast charging stations in The Netherlands based on this charger. The 43 kW AC part was not operational yet, as certification for that standard is still pending. Expectation is that might take another 2 weeks and then it will be 100% certified.

    This charger is actually a product of Dutch company Epyon from Rijswijk, which was acquired by ABB some time ago.

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