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ABB launches cost-effective 20kW DC fast charger for the Americas

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.



With only 20kW, this is hardly a fast charger.

t can charge the battery of currently available EVs from 30% to 80% in less than half an hour.

And this is stretching the truth. The LEAF is the most common EV and you will definitely need more than half an hour to charge 50% of its battery.

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