Zurich, November 28, 2011 — ABB started installing multiple fast-charging systems for electric vehicles at some BP service stations in the Netherlands as part of a nationwide trial.
ABB recently deployed two direct current Terra systems in the central city of Utrecht, which will be officially opened on November 30.
Another charger will be installed at a BP service station in Rotterdam in December, with two more to follow at locations to be identified early next year. BP has an intention agreement with Dutch EV charging operator The New Motion to operate BP’s chargers as part of a larger network of DC charging stations throughout the Netherlands.
Prestige GreenCab, a Dutch taxi operator with a large electric vehicle fleet, took the initiative for the installations in Utrecht.
ABB’s Terra stations can recharge an EV battery in as little as 15 to 30 minutes — compared with eight hours when using a regular alternating current power outlet. ABB will install two types of Terra chargers to meet the specific capacity requirements at the various BP locations.
The multi-port Terra Base Station 100.2 can charge up to two cars simultaneously and is ideal for locations that are expected to see an increase in electric-vehicle traffic over the next few years. The Terra 51 is a single-port charger designed for locations with regular traffic.
All Terra systems in ABB’s rapidly expanding global installed base come with a host of connectivity features that help service operators run their network more efficiently, such as remote maintenance, software updates and industry-leading uptime of the backbone network.
ABB’s connectivity suite is compatible with the Open Charge Point Protocol and other commonly used standards for back-office integration, enabling real-time user authentication and authorization and a variety of other functionalities operators use to better service their customers. In The New Motion network, customers will be provided with radio-frequency identification (RFID) cards that can be used for authentication at all chargers in the nationwide infrastructure.