ABB in Japanese fast charger deal

ABB in Japanese fast charger deal

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By Nick Flaherty

Electric vehicle (EV) charging standards around the world have restricted the global rollout of equipment, but Swiss supplier ABB has seen a key deal for fast charger systems in Japan.

ABB’s newly launched Terra 184 electric vehicle fast charger system has been selected by Japan’s e-Mobility Power (eMP) to replace existing chargers around the country. The key is that the Terra 184 supports all charging standards on the market, including the CHAdeMO standard that dominates in Japan and China as well as CCS in Europe and the US and AC. It also has customizable features such as cable management systems, screens and credit card payment terminals.

eMP is a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) and Chubu Electric Power, two of Japan’s biggest utility companies. The project is part of a broader push in Japan to increase the share of EVs and plug-in hybrids to between 20-30 percent by 2030, from just 1 percent in 2018. To date, over 250,000 fully electric or plug in hybrid cars have been sold in Japan with 7,000 high power chargers (> 20kW) and 18,000 chargers (3~6kW) currently in operation.

“TEPCO, eMP’s main shareholder led the development of the CHAdeMO charging standard which started the e-mobility revolution. We are therefore highly honored to have been selected by e-Mobility Power Co. as Japan works to transition to a new and sustainable mobility future,” said Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions.

eMP will replace obsolete chargers with over 250 Terra 184 180kW faast charger units. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this autumn.

eMP will install the fast charger systems at roadside stops, along highways and other public places, for quick and easy access. The ability to charge up to two electric vehicles simultaneously also makes ABB’s fast charger units suited for Japan’s cities.

Shoko Yotsuyanagi, President of eMP, said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with ABB to introduce high power fast chargers that allow simultaneous charging of two vehicles and are controlled and maintained remotely through OCPP, an international standard protocol. It is a major step forward in achieving eMP’s mission.”

Terra 184 can also be connected via ABB Ability cloud service for centralized control and fast global service for software updates and maintenance, vital for the rapid deployment of EV charging infrastructure. 

“The ABB Terra 184 chargers are the outcome of over a decade of expertise in EV charging solutions, and are designed to meet the needs of electric vehicles today and the potential of a fully electrified tomorrow,” said Muehlon.

For perspective, ABB has sold more than 14,000 DC fast chargers across more than 80 countries in the last ten years,

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