ABB will supply Fastned charging stations with fast EV chargers

The Netherlands will receive fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers about 50 kilometers apart along all highways this fall.

Fastned, a Dutch start-up for nationwide charging infrastructure, chose automation technologies company ABB to supply EV chargers to its 200 stations all along Dutch highways. 

The ABB chargers will be models like the 50 kilowatt Terra 52 and Terra 53, which can charge EVs in as little as 15-30 minutes. ABB employs a multi-standard design that allows the chargers to be compatible with EVs made in the U.S., Europe and Asia. 

The ABB fast chargers will also have "remote assistance, management and servicing and smart software upgrades."

These chargers will be placed in Fastned charging stations, which are being built about 50 kilometers apart on highways in the Netherlands for convenience. These stations, which will have solar canopies for even greater use of renewable energy, will be complete in 2015. 

This work stems from a request from Fastned to the Ministry of Infrastructure for an EV charging network back in 2011. This was granted in December 2011, when the ministry said Fastned could deploy such tech at 245 service stations on Dutch highways. Fastned is placing its infrastructure at 201 locations. 

“This countrywide network of locations will lay the basis for the commercially viable development of e-mobility,” said Bart Lubbers, one of Fastned’s founders. “I foresee a race towards faster charging and larger batteries throughout the car industry.”

Adding charging infrastructure is a big deal if governments and automakers want to sell EVs, and many efforts are being put forth everywhere to add convenient stations for consumers. For instance, the European Union said in January that it wants to add 500,000 EV charging stations by 2020. 

There are also other charging options available, such as Bosch's $3,000 USD wireless EV charging system or even Tesla's swappable battery for Model S sedans, which allows customers to bypass charging altogether and just swap a drained battery for a charged one at a station on the road. 

The ABB chargers are expected to ship starting September 2013. 

Source: ABB

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