ABB announced today that it has won a contract to build a network of 200 fast-charging stations throughout Estonia.
The Baltic nation of Estonia is known for its innovative pro-growth policies, and its government is moving at top speed to make the transition to EVs. European technology giant ABB announced today that it has won a contract to build a network of 200 fast-charging stations throughout the country. This order is Europe’s largest EV charging infrastructure contract to date, and will create the world’s first nationwide charging network.
The new network will provide fast charging in every town of more than 5,000 inhabitants, and every 50 km on main roads. ABB will start deliveries in the second quarter of 2012 and plans to have all the chargers running by the end of the year. The company will also deliver support services and backbone IT architecture for the network. ABB’s Terra Systems DC chargers can fill up an EV’s electron tank in as little as 15 to 30 minutes, and are compatible with the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP).
“This order shows that the rollout of EV charging infrastructure solutions is gaining momentum, and complements the recent run of small orders we’ve taken in other European countries from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the automotive industry and infrastructure customers,” said ABB’s Ulrich Spiesshofer. “To be successful, this infrastructure needs to be open to any kind of electric car. Our connectivity solutions are designed to support all existing and future connection standards within the same network.”
“The Estonian government would like to ensure that driving an EV in Estonia is as comfortable and safe as driving any other car,” said government spokesman Jarmo Tuisk. “The country-wide innovative fast charging network with high quality services from ABB and its partners is essential in accomplishing that task.”