ABB has unveiled its new modular charger which can simultaneously charge up to four EVs with dynamic power distribution, designed for refuelling stations, urban charging stations, retail parking and fleet applications.
The technology company said its Terra 360 charger means that drivers will not have to wait if somebody else is already charging ahead of them, they simply pull up to another plug. The new charger has a maximum output of 360kW and is capable of fully charging any EV in 15 minutes or less.
“With governments around the world writing public policy that favours electric vehicles and charging networks to combat climate change, the demand for EV charging infrastructure, especially charging stations that are fast, convenient and easy to operate is higher than ever,” said Frank Muehlon, president of ABB’s E-mobility Division.
“The Terra 360, with charging options that fit a variety of needs, is the key to fulfilling that demand and accelerating e-mobility adoption globally.”
Available in Europe from the end of this year, and in the U.S., Latin America and Asia Pacific regions in 2022, Terra 360 is designed for the needs of private EV drivers at fuelling stations, convenience stores and retail locations, and also organisation’s commercial premises.
ABB added Terra 360 can charge electric fleet cars, vans and trucks, giving owners the flexibility to charge up to four vehicles overnight or to give a quick refill to EV fleets in a working day.
Additionally, Terra 360 chargers have a small footprint, enabling the chargers to be installed in small depots or parking lots where space is at a premium.
Its lighting system guides the user through the charging process and shows the state of charge of the EV battery and the residual time before the end of an optimal charge session. The new EV charger is also wheelchair accessible and features an ergonomic cable management system that helps drivers plug in quickly with minimal effort.
Theodor Swedjemark, chief communications and sustainability officer at ABB, added: “With road transport accounting for nearly a fifth of global CO2 emissions, e-mobility is critical to achieving the Paris climate goal. We will also lead by example by switching our entire fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles to non-emitting vehicles.”