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ABB unveils new high-power EV charger

Smart Transport member ABB is launching a new high-power electric vehicle (EV) charger capable of 350kW.

The third-generation Terra HP is designed for fleet operators and for installation on highways.

The new device offers an “elevated experience for consumers” and can be specified with a variety of customisation options for charging operators, said ABB.

It features a 5.3-metre retractable charge cable, a 15-inch touchscreen display, LED strips to improve night-time visibility and multiple payment options.

Frank Muehlon, president of ABB’s e-mobility division, said: “With over 2,500 installations of our second generation Terra HP so far, the next evolution of the Terra HP charger will continue to serve customers today with the capability to meet future demands.

“The further development of the top-selling Terra HP charger displays ABB’s commitment to continuously pioneer and deliver innovative technologies that will advance the future of sustainable transportation.”

ABB said the Terra HP charger supports commercial operations. It offers several optional payment solutions, Dynamic DC power sharing to optimise use of charging assets and site management solutions to enable future growth while enhancing grid optimisation costs.

ABB’s Ability Connected Services deliver enhanced functionality, including the ability to easily connect chargers to back offices, payment platforms or smart grids systems, according to ABB, and provides remote monitoring and diagnostics to help minimise downtime and keep running costs low.

ABB reports global battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) sales reached around 3.24 million in 2020, compared to 2.26 million for the previous year. It is predicted that by 2025, 30% of all new vehicles will be electric.

In Europe, nearly 1.4 million BEV and PHEV were registered during 2020, 137% more than in 2019.

The number of electric cars on UK roads is expected to exceed that of diesel-powered models by 2030, research by The AA has found.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed that UK car new registrations grew for the first time in March 2021, since August 2020, with plug-in vehicle demand reaching its highest ever volume.

In 2020, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEVs) together accounted for more than one in 10 registrations in 2020 - up from around one in 30 in 2019, amid a turbulent year for the new car market.

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