ABB, a power and automation technology group based in Switzerland, announced that it has been selected by Fastned to supply chargers to more than 200 electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations in the Netherlands, bringing an EV fast charger within 50km of all of the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants.
Each of the more than 200 Fastned stations along Dutch highways will be equipped with several multi-standards fast chargers, such as the 50 kilowatt (kW) Terra 52 and Terra 53 models, capable of charging electric vehicles in 15-30 minutes. The first ABB Terra fast chargers are due to be delivered in September 2013. Construction of the Fastned stations, which will have solar canopies, is expected to be completed by 2015.
Fast-chargers will be located a maximum of 50 kilometers apart along all highways. ABB notes that its multi-standard design will be able to serve EVs offered by all major car brands from Europe, Asia and the US with different fast-charging standards and protocols such as CCS and CHAdeMO. Its open standards-based cloud connectivity solution also allows Fastned to create a user-friendly payment and access service for all drivers.
“Fastned chose ABB for its proven expertise in deploying and managing nationwide EV charging networks,” said Ulrich Spiesshofer, Executive Committee Member responsible for Discrete Automation and Motion. “ABB provides the chargers and industry-leading software solutions for remote servicing as well as connectivity to subscriber management and payment systems.”
Each web-connected ABB fast charger has a wide range of connectivity features, including remote assistance, management and servicing and smart software upgrades to maintain reliable service and to upgrade its network, according to the company.
“This countrywide network of locations will lay the basis for the commercially viable development of e-mobility,” said Bart Lubbers, one of Fastned’s founders. “I foresee a race towards faster charging and larger batteries throughout the car industry.”
The plan to deploy EV fast-charging stations along Dutch highways started in 2011 when Fastned asked the Ministry of Infrastructure for permission to implement an EV-charging network. In December 2011, the government announced a public-tender process to facilitate the deployment of charging facilities at the 245 service stations along the Dutch highways. Fastned gained concessions for 201 locations.