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ABB launches Terra 53 DC fast charger in NA; SAE Combo and CHAdeMO

ABB has introduced the Terra 53 for North America, showcasing it at the Plug-in 2013 conference in San Diego. This 50 kW DC fast charging station meets both SAE Combo and CHAdeMO standards for battery electric vehicles. ABB was the first manufacturer in the world to meet both standards, launching the harmonized product in Europe last spring. The Terra 53 SAE Combo version for the Americas will be available for delivery in November, with the dual outlet, multi-standard version available for delivery in early 2014.

With its 15 to 30 minute charging time, the Terra 53 is suited for highway and city centers, fueling stations, fleets, and other infrastructure providers interested in tapping into the growing EV charging revenue stream. The Terra 53 joins the ABB Terra family of DC charging stations that offer fast charging times with industry leading, business-to-business network solutions.

The cloud-connected Terra 53 is compatible with many charging networks and payment platforms through open standards-based interfaces, such as the widely adopted Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), enabling easy and secure payments via smart phone, credit card reader, parking management terminals, RFID and pin code access.

The Terra 53’s smart connectivity also allows remote monitoring, pro-active maintenance and functional upgrades, providing charging service providers with the tools necessary to gather detailed usage statistics and reports, as well as manage the status of each charger location in real-time.

ABB was the first company to demonstrate a working prototype of the SAE Combo standard at EVS26 in Los Angeles, and at eCarTec in Munich in 2012. With successes throughout Europe in deploying and managing nationwide EV charging networks, ABB is known for industry leading uptime, reliability and long-standing commitment to the EV charging industry. To date, the company has helped facilitate the creation of nationwide charging infrastructure networks throughout Northern Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Estonia.



A good interim charging unit until more powerful (4x or 200+ KW) AC/DC chargers are installed in the not too distant future.

Henry Gibson

Common local grids and transformers cannot support the super high sudden load of fast chargers, and the cheapest most economical ones would be natural gas fueled large piston engines which would work still when the grid failed. They can incorporate NGK sodium sulphur batteries at the lowest cost and the more expensive ZEBRA or Durathon batteries and perhaps flywheels if any of those US companies are now in business. They should also sell CNG or even LNG, and the power for making those can come from burning natural gas in Capstone microturbines that actually clean the air of NOX and unburned hydrocarbons. Both the CNG and the LNG prevent down time during grid failures. The Linde low temperature liquid salt compressors can be used for the CNG and also the Linde process for LNG, but small Stirling coolers can be used also for LNG. ..HG..

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