ABB, Microsoft launch smart e-car charging platform
ABB said it chose Azure for its scalability and professional management features. Also the platform’s stability was a major criterion. The control software utilises state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms as well as predictive analytics.
Currently, numerous carmakers are approaching the electric vehicle market; market watchers expect that a plethora of new models ill become available in the year ahead. With the number of electric vehicles having already surpassed the one million units threshold, their number is growing at increasing speed. Of the million electric vehicles out on the streets, more than half of them have been bought in the past 14 months alone. In lockstep with the increasing acceptance of EVs, the charging infrastructure is growing. According to ABB, currently 106.000 publicly accessible charging stations are operation globally. Referring to market researcher Navigant Research, ABB says the global revenue from EV charging is expected to grow from $153 million in 2015 to $2.9 billion in 2023.
The Microsoft platform will enable ABB to connect their charging stations to a cloud infrastructure and to develop and offer value-added services. Thus, charging station operators and third-party partners can contribute in making the business more attractive to the customers. “Platform performance and stability are critical differentiators for the successful operation of a modern, data-dependent EV charging station”, said Pekka Tiitinen, president of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion Division. He added that providing charging stations for the world’s major automotive markets will be a key focus on ABB’s strategy.
The ABB charging station platform is currently demonstrated at the eCarTec trade fair in Munich.