Power and automation technology group ABB has announced a strategic collaboration with BYD Daimler New Technology (BDNT) to supply DC fast chargers over the next six years for the DENZA EV, which is scheduled to make its debut at the Auto China trade fair in Beijing in April.
The Chinese government has introduced a DC fast charging standard called GBT, which will enable drivers to charge their vehicles at home or at public charging stations, according to ABB. Public DC fast charging is expected to be rolled out in China soon.
ABB’s wall-mounted chargers, which feature a mobile app that allows remote control of charging sessions, will be sold through DENZA dealerships along with the vehicles. First deliveries are expected in mid-2014.
“We are honored to be a partner in this venture to move urban transportation forward in a more sustainable way. By combining car sales with fast chargers, DENZA is taking a bold step to address a key obstacle for potential buyers of EVs,” said Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB Group. “ABB’s EV charging solutions have been expanding rapidly worldwide as the underlying technology combines our key strengths in power electronics, software, service and power distribution.”
The fully electric DENZA is designed for journeys of more than 200 km. BDNT’s market research shows that Chinese consumers value long-range EVs, and expect short charging times. The first DENZA dealership is scheduled to open in Beijing in the middle of this year, with outlets in Shanghai and Shenzhen soon to follow.
“The DENZA represents a significant step in sustainable transportation for the Chinese automotive market. It was vital that we had the right partner to support this innovative concept,” said Arno Roehringer, COO of BDNT. “ABB is the ideal technology partner for us, and – equally important – it has the service expertise to install this solution.”