ABB launches what it says is world’s fastest EV charger

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The Swiss power electronics giant unveiled its new super charger yesterday, at the Hannover Messe 2018, which runs from April 22 to 27.

“By operating at powers of up to 350 kilowatts, the newest model from ABB, Terra High Power charger, adds up to 200 kilometers of range to an electric vehicle in just 8 minutes,” said ABB in a statement. This is said to add seven times more range in the same time than current models on the market.

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, were present at a demonstration of the charger yesterday, which is primarily for use at highway rest stops and petrol stations.

ABB added that it has recently been selected for use by Electrify America, which announced last week that it will install electric vehicle chargers at more than 100 Walmart locations across 34 states by June 2019.

“The Electrify America charging systems located at Walmart stores will offer the first-ever certified cooled-cable 150 to 350 kilowatt (kW) DC Fast Chargers. Electric vehicle chargers that offer this kind of power deliver energy for up to 20 miles of range per minute, which is seven times faster than today’s 50kW DC chargers,” said Electrify America in a statement released at the time.

Overall, Electrify America aims to invest a total of US$2 billion over the next 10 years in electric vehicle infrastructure and education, deploying over 2,000 chargers across 484 sites. All the chargers will be installed or under construction by the end of 2019, it said.

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The Hannover Messe will also see the launch of pv magazine Mexico, tomorrow afternoon. As publisher of pv magazine, Eckhart Gouras, explains, it was the obvious choice, given that Mexico is the partner country of this year’s event.

Stay tuned for more information!

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