ABB EV fast-charging stations in Netherlands is largest nationwide network
A wide network of EV fast chargers is scheduled to come up in the Netherlands. ABB, leaders in power and automation technology won a contract to set up fast chargers across the country within 50 kms along the highway and within easy access of its 16.7 million inhabitants. A total of 200 Fastned fast charging stations will be erected, the first of which will be delivered in September 2013.
Each of these EV fast charging stations will have solar canopies which will be completed by 2015. ABB will be setting up EV fast chargers with a multi standard design so as to be capable of being compatible to all major car brands from Europe, USA or Asia. To be set up using ABB’s cloud based connectivity solutions facilitates user friendly payment facilities and access service.
ABB fast chargers will be web connected and will possess a range of features which will include remote assistance, management and facilities for software upgrades. EV batteries will be charged in a matter of 15 to 20 minutes via ABB Fast chargers, which will be equipped to cater to charging needs of a wide variety of EVs.
“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.”
“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.”