The new multi-standard functionality will be available in Europe in the second quarter of 2013, and in the USA in the second half of the year.
The current state of standards for fast charging can be confusing even for the most eloquent of EV pundits. US and European carmakers have signed on to the SAE combo standard, and the EU has just agreed on a new Combined Charging System (CCS) standard. Meanwhile, Nissan is churning out CHAdeMO-enabled LEAFs, and installing chargers all over the place.
European electronics giant ABB seems to be taking a wisely inclusive approach – it has announced that it supports the CCS standard, even as it plans to expand its product portfolio to include multi-standard support. The new multi-standard functionality will be available in Europe in the second quarter of 2013, and in the USA in the second half of the year.
“ABB’s expanded portfolio enhanced with its cloud-based connectivity services is a natural solution for EV infrastructure providers to effortlessly incorporate any charging standard – be it CCS or CHAdeMO – into their charging network without absorbing the high costs of software integration and testing,” said Hans Streng, head of ABB’s Product Group EV Charging Infrastructure. “By providing a broader EV infrastructure platform, customers can now simply tailor their installed base of fast chargers depending on the amount of CCS or CHAdeMO legacy cars available in a specific region.”
ABB’s fast charging portfolio will continue to feature the Terra 51 CHAdeMO fast charging station, as well as a single-port 50 kW CCS fast charging station, and a 50 kW multi-standard CHAdeMO and CCS station, optionally equipped with a fast AC outlet. A 20 kW variant will be launched in both single CCS and multi-standard versions later this year.
ABB’s cloud-based charging management platform enables remote management, and is designed to be able to interact with any available payment method, provider network or smart grid system.