ABB delivers rapid charger network

Northern Ireland is installing 14 rapid charge points across its province. ABB has sold nine rapid charge points for electric vehicles to the ecar network in Northern Ireland.

By cutting the time needed to charge an electric vehicle to as little as 30 minutes, the ABB Terra 52 fast chargers are extending the practical daily range of electric vehicles, allowing drivers to charge quickly and continue a long journey.

The fast chargers form a part of the ecar Project, and are owned and operated by Northern Ireland Electricity. The ecar Project has established a network of charging points in major towns and cities across the province.

Irene Breen, ecar Project Manager, comments: "Rapid chargers allow motorists to make long journeys without having to stop for several hours to charge. The 30 minute fast charge allows a comfort break or quick coffee as part of a long journey. As such, they are important in allowing ecar to offer a realistic alternative beyond the urban commuter type user."

Unlike domestic charge points, which take up six to eight hours to charge an electric vehicle overnight, the ABB Terra 52 is a multi-standard rapid charging station designed to simultaneously charge a vehicle in 30 minutes or less. The units are designed for petrol stations, highway locations and in busy urban areas.

The multi-standard/multi-protocol design means the ABB Terra 52 is compatible with all electric vehicles currently on the road. Providing direct current (DC) charging at 50 kW, it supports the global CHAdeMO standard, which promotes a standardised connection for fast charging. The ABB Terra 52 also conforms to EN61851-1, the standard for alternating current (AC) charging up to 22 kW which is compatible with electric vehicles, new and old.

Seven of the ABB fast chargers for ecar are already in operation, with nine Terra 52s due to be installed and operational before the end of March 2013. The rapid charging points will be added to our Zap-Map very soon.

John Ironmonger

Author:John Ironmonger
Date Updated:6th Mar 2013

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