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ABB launches world's fastest EV charger: should oil companies be worried?

26/04/2018
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What’s the one thing that puts you off owning an electric vehicle? For many it’s the prospect of having to wait around for hours whilst your vehicle slowly charges. When you compare that to the few minutes it takes to refuel a fossil fuel powered car, you can see why many people would be reluctant to make the switch to an EV. ABB have possibly solved this conundrum however, with the launch of what they claim is the world’s fastest EV charger. Let’s take a closer look…
ABB launched the world's fastest EV charger at the Hannover Messe industrial technology trade show.
(ABB unveils its Terra High Power charger with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mexican President Enrique Nieto, and ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer pictured. Image via ABB).

Launched at the Hannover Messe industrial technology trade show, ABB claims that the Terra High Power charger is the fastest in the world, operating at powers of up to 350 kilowatts, meaning that it can add up to 200 kilometres of range to an electric vehicle in just 8 minutes.

The development comes as ABB’s chargers are being installed around the world. The firm’s chargers have just been selected for use by Electrify America, the biggest electric vehicle infrastructure project to date in the United States. With more than 6,500 DC fast charging stations installed in 60 countries, ABB is rapidly cementing its position as a world-leader in fast charging technology. 
ABB's Terra High Power charger can add up to 200 kilometres of range to an electric vehicle in just 8 minutes.
(Image via ABB).

Should the oil industry be worried?

Could ABB become synonymous with EV charging in the way that the oil majors such as Shell, Chevron and others have become synonymous with car refuelling over the past half-century?

ABB appears to be positioning itself as the ‘go-to’ company for what it has termed e-mobility, with the company’s product portfolio including charging technology for electric cars, buses and trucks, as well as solutions for the electrification of ships, railways and cableways. To aid the company’s positioning, ABB has also become the headline sponsor of Formula E, the world’s first fully electric international FIA motorsport series.

With products such as the Terra High Power charger beginning to reach consumer infrastructure, it will be interesting to see how quickly the oil companies react and bring their own EV charging products to market…

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Recent Comments
I would have thought exchanging batteries would be the way to go. If you had a 200 klm's range you should have an alarm at 180 klm's telling you to exchange batteries.
John Brook, 29 April 2018
That could be a good idea John! I guess the practicality of it would depend on the size and weight of the batteries and ease of change-over though.
Matt Donnelly, 30 April 2018
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