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ABB launches its most economical charging solution for EVs: AC wallbox

ABB has enhanced its portfolio of charging solutions with the addition of a range of AC wallboxes, an easy to install solution for homes and businesses. The new AC wallbox portfolio, comprising 52 different types in total, provides a high-quality, cost-effective electric car charging point for private and business use.

Easy to fit and with a compact design, the wallbox can be installed at homes or offices. It is particularly suited to businesses that wish to provide overnight charging facilities for customers, such as those in the hospitality business.

With the continued growth in sales of hybrid and battery powered electric cars, businesses and drivers are looking for simple and cost-effective vehicle charging solutions. Charging should not be an interruption to the day, which is why we have extended our portfolio with the AC wallbox, which is simple to install and use at home or work. Drivers will now enjoy being able to just plug their car in overnight and get on with their day.

—Frank Mühlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging

Manufactured with a robust all-weather enclosure for indoor and outdoor use, wallboxes are available in different versions, offering 4.6 and 11 kW AC charging as well as 22 kW AC 3-phase charging.

Compatible with the industry standard Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), the ABB AC wallbox is future-proof and enabled for authentication and load balancing.

For added flexibility, the wallboxes offer a range of connector types including type 2 socket, type 2 socket with shutter and type 1 and type 2 cable. For locations where wall mounting is difficult, a range of pedestals are available including one charger, two chargers back to back or two chargers in a 90-degree angle. Wallboxes are also available with or without energy meter, load balancing, back office inte- gration and UMTS/3G modem.

Other key optional features include: Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and key authorization for in- creased security; sim card models for data communication; input current limiting software to match site requirements; communication interface for intelligently controlled charging and web tools for statistics, configuration and access management.

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