Since entering the EV charging market a decade ago, ABB has sold over 14,000 DC fast chargers, in more than 80 countries. However, the Swiss-based electronics giant believes this is just the beginning. It has begun construction on a new production facility in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy.
The company plans to invest $30 million in the 16,000-square-meter facility, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2021.
The new plant will produce ABB’s entire line of DC fast chargers, and will also include a dedicated 3,200-square-meter space for R&D and prototyping.
The facility will feature rooftop solar panels, an energy-efficient heating and cooling system, and a fleet of EVs for employees.
ABB also recently invested $10 million in a new global e-mobility headquarters and R&D center on the campus of Delft Technical University in the Netherlands, which is set to officially launch later this year.
“At ABB we have been driving progress in the sector for more than a decade, and this new state-of-the-art facility will contribute significantly to further advancing the global move towards zero-emission electric mobility,” said Giampiero Frisio, head of ABB’s Smart Power Division.
“As global demand for sustainable transport continues to increase, this new facility will ensure that ABB can meet that demand and remain the go-to provider for our end-to-end e-mobility solutions,” said Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions.