ABB launched the Terra SmartConnect (SC), a direct-current (DC) charger specifically designed for convenient fast charging in commercial and office areas in North America. ABB introduced the cost-effective fast charger in Europe last year. (Earlier post.)
Terra SC will be available for delivery in the Americas in the second quarter. Initial shipments will support the CHAdeMO fast-charging standard, with SAE / Combined Charging System units available later this year.
The Terra SC can fully charge a current electric car in between 30 to 120 minutes. It can charge the battery of currently available EVs from 30% to 80% in less than half an hour.
Despite its focus on cost minimization, the Terra SC will be fully UL-listed, and comes standard with an outdoor-rated steel housing, a full-color, eight inch, intuitive touch-screen user interface and smart connectivity features. It is quick and easy to install at almost any location due to its ultra-thin design and simple floor and wall-mount connections; these features also create maximum space efficiency, ABB notes.
The Terra SC is a web-connected charger that includes a full range of connectivity features, including remote assistance, management and servicing, with smart software upgradeability. Its key optional features include RFiD and PIN code authorization, as well as 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, and immediate “plug-and-play” functionality using the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP).
ABB also offers an en-route fast charger, the Terra 51, targeted mainly for applications which require the fastest charge possible, offering a 15-30 minute “charge and go” service.