ABB unveils fastest EV charger on Earth
Adds 60 miles of range in under 3 minutes, full charge in 15 Metal Tech News – October 6, 2021
Last updated 10/19/2021 at 3:03pm
In a move that will put refueling electric vehicles closer to par with internal combustion cars, ABB has launched an all-in-one EV charger that offers the fastest charging experience on the market.
According to the Sweden-based electrification and automation company, its new Terra 360 modular charger has a maximum output of 360 kilowatts, enough to add 60 miles (100 kilometers) of range to an EV in less than three minutes or fully charge an electric car in about 15 minutes.
This makes the output of the Terra 360 slightly higher than the 350-kW output of the current fast chargers available. Not all EVs, however, are capable of charging at the full power of either charger. For vehicles not capable of charging at 360 kW, Terra 360 will deliver the maximum charge the car can safely accept.
And a single unit can charge up to four vehicles at the same time, meaning that drivers will not have to wait to get their rapid charge if a fellow EV driver is juicing up.
Its innovative lighting system guides the user through the charging process and shows the state of charge of the EV battery and the residual time before the end of an optimal charge session. The world's fastest EV charger is also wheelchair accessible and features an ergonomic cable management system that helps drivers plug in quickly with minimal effort.
The convenience, speed, and familiar design make Terra 360 an ideal fast-charging platform for fueling stations, convenience stores, and retail locations seeking to keep pace with the rapid transition to EVs.
"With governments around the world writing public policy that favors electric vehicles and charging networks to combat climate change, the demand for EV charging infrastructure, especially charging stations that are fast, convenient and easy to operate is higher than ever," said Frank Muehlon, president of ABB's e-mobility division. "The Terra 360, with charging options that fit a variety of needs, is the key to fulfilling that demand and accelerating e-mobility adoption globally."
While ABB may not yet be a household name, the company was founded to take advantage of a new technology called electricity toward the close of the 19th century and has been providing innovative solutions around the globe for nearly 130 years – from electrical lighting and generators in 1883 to delivering the world's most advanced e-mobility technologies to Formula E electric racing and EV charging in 2021.
"It's an exciting day for ABB, who as the global leader in electric vehicle fast charging, is playing a key role in enabling a low carbon society," said ABB Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer Theodor Swedjemark. "With road transport accounting for nearly a fifth of global CO2 emissions, e-mobility is critical to achieving the Paris climate goal. We will also lead by example by switching our entire fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles to non-emitting vehicles."
The 130-year-old electrification company says its Terra 360 charger is ideal for charging this fleet, as well as for other global firms transitioning their fleets of cars, vans, and trucks to electric.
Because Terra 360 chargers have a small footprint, they can be installed in small depots or parking lots where space is at a premium – offering fleet owners the flexibility to charge up to four vehicles overnight or to give a quick refill to their EVs in the day.
ABB high-power chargers are already being deployed around the world through the company's partnerships with international charging operators such as IONITY and Electrify America.
The Terra 360 charger will be available in Europe from the end of this year, and in the United States, Latin America, and Asia Pacific regions in 2022.
In addition to street, fleet, and racing vehicles, ABB is developing EV solutions for mining. In addition to finding ABB motors and systems in many of the electric trucks, loaders, and other equipment produced by global mining equipment manufacturers, ABB is helping the sector to develop electric trolley systems and fast-charging solutions.
More information on one of the mining equipment electrification projects ABB is involved with can be read at Swedish firms advance mine electrification in the October 6, 2021 edition of Metal Tech News.