|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.