ABB charged into the eMove360 show in Munich, Germany this week, where it unveiled a new compact 24kW DC electric vehicle charger alongside refreshed versions of its Terra DC Fast Charging stations.
24kW DC Wall Charger
The compact new DC charger brings with it the capability to be controlled remotely, which makes installations at corporate locations or in fleet environments more flexible. The 24kW charging speed over DC means much faster charges for vehicles than the more common 6.6kW level 2 AC chargers in the US.
“When charging with AC equipment, power is often limited by the vehicle’s onboard converter,” explained Frank Mühlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging. “These converters are usually rated 3.3, 6 or 7 kW and any additional power the charging station could provide, remains unused. The DC wallbox has a high 60A output current delivering power directly to the battery, bypassing the limitations of the converter and providing a fast and efficient charge.”
The box is available with a single charging adapter or dual adapters and supports both the CCS Combo and CHAdeMO standards. The new wall-mounted charger features a 7-inch touchscreen for customers to start and stop charging sessions, view charging status, and perform payment functions.
The new charger may come packed into a smaller form factor, but it is still capable of offering a full set of features. The new charger comes capable of providing an output range of up to 920V DC, meaning it can provide much higher voltages than are required for today’s plug-in vehicles.
Terra 54 And Terra 54HV
ABB also took the opportunity at eMove360 in Munich to roll out two refreshed versions of its Terra line of DC fast charging stations, the Terra 54 and the Terra 54HV. The new builds were designed for what ABB envisions to be the future of service stations, where EV chargers are expected to move in to fill the gap for the occasional top up of the battery or for an extended road trip.
Like their smaller siblings, the new Terra 54 chargers are also capable of supporting an extended voltage range, from 150 to 920V, ensuring that they are able to support all of today’s plug-in vehicles demand as well as whatever the next generation (or two or three) can request of it. The Terra 54 model offers a voltage range of 150 – 500 V, while the Terra 54 HV (high voltage) offers an extended voltage range of 150-920V.
“ABB Terra has become our best-selling charger family thanks to its functionality and reliability,” Mühlon said. “However, electric vehicle technology is progressing at a rapid pace and so too must our products to ensure we remain at the forefront of the market.”
As an all-in-one solution, the new Terra 54 chargers also bring along new options for payment processing, including the ability to bill customers per kilowatt-hour of energy dispensed. These new payment features will help customers integrate the new chargers into existing networks and payment back ends while the new, brighter touchscreen display makes it easier for consumers to use the stations.
On the backend, the new chargers feature improved accessibility for service engineers and capability for creating and leveraging smart charging profiles and site load management. These technologies are increasingly important as grids around the world make room for the chargers that are added onto infrastructure that wasn’t built to handle the incremental 50kW+ loads. The ability to create charging profiles also opens up additional flexibility for fleet managers looking for an extra level of control over their vehicles.
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