Swiss power systems giant ABB joins the US fast charging party

The Terra 51 DC fast charger earned UL certification a few weeks ago, and the company has big plans for production and installation across the country.

 

ABB has installed the first of what will surely be many EV charging stations in the US. The Terra 51 DC fast charger was installed at the company’s office and manufacturing facility in New Berlin, Wisconsin. The Terra 51 earned UL certification a few weeks ago, and the company has big plans for production and installation across the country.

“We plan to make this charging station accessible to the general public, so that owners of electric vehicles have local access to quick charging of their cars,” said Cal Lankton, ABB’s Director of EV Charging Infrastructure. “Building out the infrastructure of fast chargers is in the early stages in North America, but we now are underway.”

The Terra 51 is a CHAdeMO-compatible charger that can charge a typical EV in as little as 15 to 30 minutes. A built-in card reader allows drivers to swipe RFID cards to handle authentication and payment. ABB’s chargers can be connected to any charging network via the Open Charge Point Protocol.

ABB’s Stefan Friedli noted that a number of employees have been closely following the installation of the charger, and several have said it has helped them decide to purchase electric vehicles. “This station is just the first step in what we hope is an area-wide charging infrastructure network,” said Friedli. “Our goal is help provide the residents of the greater Milwaukee area with a rich network of EV chargers, in order to enhance the user experience and drive adoption.”

 

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