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ABB introducing new DC fast-charger in Europe for €9,988

The Terra SC. Click to enlarge.

ABB launched the Terra Smart Connect (SC), a low-cost DC fast-charger that the company says will significantly improve the business case for installing electric-vehicle (EV) fast chargers throughout Europe. The Terra SC will be available for delivery in Europe in the second quarter, starting at €9,988 (US$13,310) for small volume orders.

The Terra SC is specifically designed for convenient fast charging in commercial and office areas. Unlike some other DC fast chargers, the Terra SC uses the widely available 3-phase 32A input, which eliminates the need for a costly grid connection upgrade. The Terra SC uses a CHAdeMO standard connections, and delivers maximum DC output power of 20 kW and maximum DC output current of 50 A. Output DC voltage range is 180 – 500 V.

ABB will release a standard version with the 20 kW DC charger and a dedicated company fleet version, which also features two integrated alternating current (AC) connections (2 x 3.3kW, 16A, 230V) for 8-hour charging, allowing three cars to be charged simultaneously.

The Terra SC comes standard with outdoor stainless steel housing, a full-color 8-inch touch-screen user interface and the smart connectivity features of ABB’s Terra charger line. (Earlier post.)

ABB says the unit is quick and easy to install at almost any location due to its ultra-thin design and simple floor and wall-mount connections, which create maximum space efficiency.

The launch of the Terra SC demonstrates our commitment to deliver the optimal charging solution for every possible location in the network—both in terms of functionality and affordability.

—Hans Streng, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ABB's Product Group EV Charging Infrastructure

The Terra SC is a web-connected charger that comes with a full range of connectivity features, including remote assistance, management and servicing and smart software upgradeability. Its key optional features include RFiD and PIN code authorization; a billing interface for parking operators; and a web-based statistics module with data per user to support energy usage reporting. ABB’s connectivity suite supports all existing and future connection standards within the same network.

The Terra SC complements ABB’s existing portfolio of fast-charging solutions. ABB’s highway fast chargers—the Terra 51 and multi-port Terra Base Station 100.2—are mainly used along highway locations to offer a 15-30 minute “charge and go” service. The Terra SC is a more cost-effective solution for locations where people can easily spend a couple of hours and don’t necessarily require a 15-30 minute fast charge.

Charging with the Terra SC is therefore suited for company car parks, fleet operators, (off-street) parking operators, rental companies, car dealerships, EV infrastructure service providers, roadside meeting places and shopping malls, ABB sugests.

The growing number of electric vehicles is driving a global market opportunity for charging solutions including sophisticated monitoring systems and software to support the electric grid. ABB estimates that the market for charging infrastructure solutions will be worth $1 billion by 2017.

In 2011, Nissan launched its own quick charger into Europe, available for less than €10,000 (Earlier post.) This CHAdeMo-compliant Direct Current (DC) Quick charger can deliver up to 50 kW of high voltage direct current (DC) electricity, and are also ‘AC-ready' to support the arrival of EVs from Alliance partner Renault designed to 43kW AC quick charge standards. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is promoting infrastructure deployment based on AC-DC Mix Quick Charger strategy.

To jump-start full-scale commercial deployment, Nissan is giving 400 DC Quick chargers for free to cities and regions in Europe.


Bob Wallace

"Once someone develops an EV that can be fully charged in 5 minutes, and someone develops a service station charger that can charge up that vehicle, then you have something serious to offer."

I think you've set the "something serious" threshold too high. I guess the magic point to be 90% -95% in no more than 20 minutes. Get there and with a 200 mile range EV you can drive a full day with only two ~ 20 minute breaks.

(200 miles -> 20 min chg -> 180mi ->20min -> 180mi = 560 miles. Off the road only a bit more than the same drive with a gasmobile.)

The other need is for the ability to pick up 10 to 20 miles of extra range in the amount of time it takes to run an errand or check your email/messages. That will be the need for people who are out running errands and have driven themselves a bit short for the trip home. (They can finish charging at the end of the day at a slower, and cheaper, rate.)


I would commute 40 miles each way with a car that gets 140 mile range at 45 mph and 100 mile range at 70 mph.

I want margin and a secure transport. If I use some of the range during the day, I want to stop at a Starbucks and charge for 15 minutes while I have my latte and go home.


I think that is pretty much road warrior territory. For folk like me if I can do 150 miles of highway driving, so maybe a nominal range of 200 miles or so, that is all that I would ever need.
There are millions more who would be happy to take an hour break after driving around 150 miles, say for 2 hours.
You don't need to cover the last decile of drivers to have truly useful transport for most.


The guys at Oak Ridge reckon they can have a fully ready to go system for electric highways in a couple of years to show the manufacturers, and that installation is only around $800,000 a mile, per lane I assume.
If they or one of their competitors can get that ready in that time frame I would expect trial lanes opened within 4-5 years, rapidly followed by mass deployment.
There are a lot of ifs in there, of course!


Well, we will see. The last time I looked there were 8 million lane miles of road in the U.S.

People have a hard time with the costs of a few public chargers, that bill for all those electric highway miles ought to send them into sticker shock.


You would hardly have to cover every road, just the trunk roads would do fine, a modest battery would do the job for local travel it is only distance journeys that need assistance.
In the case of the UK the trunk road network is around 12,000 miles.
Allowing on average two lanes in each direction to be electrified the cost would be about $35 billion.
Over 10 years that's $3.5 billion a year, a very small amount both in relation to the oil bill and the cost of building much larger batteries to enable decent intercity range without charging through the road.
The US is of course bigger, but so is the population so a substantial network if those costs are right could be built at affordable cost.
Here is the link which I meant to post earlier:
(When the road charges your electric car)


You don't have to electrify all roads, just the major ones.  People don't drive side streets for long distances, so a few miles worth of battery is enough if the major routes supply power.


You believe what ever you want.


It's not a case of 'believing anything where the technology is not fully proven.
That does not mean that I am not prepared to entertain the possibility as long as the physics and economics seem reasonable.


I really don't care, say what you want and see what happens, quit obsessing.


I'm not sure why SJC has such an attachment to GTL, but he seems to have very similar reactions to anything that would compete with it.


If you prefer to stick with baseless surmises and not engage in rational debate to test them out, that is entirely up to you.


Cordless (on-the-move) charging systems could very become the ideal solution on selected highways. The cost of one of the last two Oil Wars could be enough for half of the initial cost. The other half of the initial cost could easily be recovered over 20 some years or so with appropriate user charges.

The same could be done on selected streets or segments of to avoid having to stop for a charge.

Very low interest loans ($1T or so) could be used to promote massive installations and ensure that locally made materials are used.

Locally made materials + local labor could become a major boost for the current weak labor market.

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