ABB supplying SCE’s Class 8 truck EV charger

Daimler’s eCascadia Class 8 truck offers a look under the hood at SCE’s Irwindale California facility while charging up with an ABB Terra HP high power charging system. Photo courtesy of SCE.

Coming on the heels of Southern California Edison (SCE)’s announcement that it is the nation’s first electric utility to receive and test the eCascadia, an electric big rig by Freightliner, today ABB announced that it has provided Southern California Edison (SCE) with electric vehicle charging systems that will serve Class 8 trucks at its Irwindale, California facility.

A Class 8 electric truck can get 250 miles per charge while towing a 60,000-pound trailer.

These 175-kW high-power, high-voltage ABB charging systems can reduce the time it takes to charge a large battery electric vehicle, such as a van or a truck, said ABB. In addition to deploying the technologically advanced Terra HP chargers, ABB also provided commissioning services to support quick and efficient project startup.

SCE has been on the forefront of California’s electric vehicle transformation for many years to ensure vehicle electrification growth happens in balance with the grid. For more than a decade, SCE has supported the use of EVs through programs such as charging infrastructure deployment, vehicle rebates, attractive rate options for EV drivers and adoption of electric cars and trucks into their own vehicle fleet. 

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SCE’s parent company, Edison International, recently published the 2030 goal to electrify 30 percent of its medium-duty vehicles and pickup trucks, eight percent of its heavy-duty trucks, and a full 100% of its passenger vehicles.

“ABB has been a leader in serving our utility customers with electrification technology for decades,” said Bob Stojanovic, Director of ABB’s EV Infrastructure business at ABB.  “Southern California Edison has pioneered EV transportation for its customers for many years while building best practices that every utility can adopt. We’re excited to help them build reliable, scalable high-power charging infrastructure.” 

While clean air efforts and climate goals are driving fleet electrification, the economics–particularly lower fuel and maintenance costs–are also making a strong case for the transition to zero-emission vehicles. McKinsey expects fleet EVs to have a total cost of ownership 15 to 25 percent less than that of equivalent ICE vehicles by 2030. 

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