Terra 51 DC Fast Charging Station launched in Estonia: ABB, KredEx, and Ministry of Economic Affairs

The Terra 51 DC is 100% an ABB product.  The Terra 51 is a direct-current fast charger that can charge an electric vehicle in 15-30 minutes. Over the past couple years ABB has delivered and installed hundreds of Terra 51 DC chargers throughout Europe and the product recently also launched in the U.S.  Terra 51 is an intelligent fast electric vehicle charger that has already delivered hundreds of such fast DC chargers throughout Europe and has just launched one such charging network in Estonia. the project to create a network of 200 Terra 51 DC chargers in Estonia is a combined effort of ABB (and its partners G4S and NOW! Innovations), KredEx and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.  The charger itself, the Terra 51, is  an ABB product.

Terra 51 is being manufactured in New Berlin, Wisconsin and is an intelligent fast charger that reduced electric vehicle charging times from eight hours by using the AC current to as little as 15 minutes to half an hour by using a DC current. Terra 51 is a smart, sturdy solution for electric vehicle operators and was showcased at the 26th International Electric Vehicle Symposium EVS26 from May 6th to 9th, 2012. This only holds true for the Terra 51s that are produced for the US market. The Terra 51s for the European market (which are used in the Estonian project) are produced outside the US.

With a growing number of electric vehicles in the market a quick and dependable electric charging station with sophisticated monitoring systems and software to support the grid was the need of the hour. The first such charger is located at Innovation Centre in Tallinn and is the first of 200 more to come which will be installed at various locations throughout the country both on highways and within the city limits.

To also create more awareness of electric vehicles the Government of Estonia has purchased 507 Mitsubishi IMiERV electric vehicles for their fleet while also offering benefits to consumers desirous of purchasing electric vehicles for their own personal use. ABB will be supplying the service support and IT architecture and will be setting up a centre to offer knowledge and expertise to install and service chargers along with local engineers.

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ABB, KredEx and Estonia’s Ministry of Economic Affairs deploy first of 200 web-managed DC fast chargers in Estonia

Innovation Center, Tallinn chosen as the first location to host a fast charger — 168 additional sites have also been confirmed

Zurich, Switzerland (June 18, 2012) — ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, KredEx and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Estonia, announced today the first public installation of a Terra 51 DC fast charging station for electric vehicles in Estonia. The fast charger is located at the Innovation Center in Tallinn and is the first of 200 chargers that will be installed at multiple locations throughout the country comprising the world’s first nationwide network of DC fast chargers. The location of an additional 168 confirmed and contracted locations of DC fast chargers for highway and inner city use were also announced, including 27 fast charging points in Tallinn, 10 in Tartu, 4 in Pärnu and 2 in Narva. The project including the installation of the remaining 31 fast chargers is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2012. A list outlining the locations of all DC fast charging points can be found at  http://bit.ly/zqoIXk.

Creating the world’s first complete EV charging infrastructure of this magnitude is significant as it supports the proliferation of electric vehicles and most importantly, demonstrates the viability of driving an electric vehicle by providing drivers convenient access to state-of-the-art charging infrastructure clearly reducing “range anxiety”, a common concern associated with EV ownership.

“The advanced fast charging infrastructure is the key component in the fully developed eco-system for electric vehicles. Together with ABB, we are committed to providing the best combination of hardware, software and services available to Estonian electric vehicle pioneers,“ explained the head of the electro mobility program for Estonia, Mr. Jarmo Tuisk. “This is the mission of the nationwide rollout of fast chargers. “

To stimulate the adoption of EVs the Estonian government has bought 507 Mitsubishi IMiEV electric vehicles for its own fleet and offers substantial incentives on the purchase price of an EV for consumers.

ABB will also provide network operating support services (NOC) and the backbone IT architecture which provides each web-connected charger with a full range of connectivity features, including remote assistance, management and servicing and smart software upgradeability. ABB will also create a regional competence center to transfer the knowledge and expertise necessary to install and service the chargers between ABB and local engineers. ABB won the original tender together with its partners G4S and NOW! Innovations, which will provide first-line customer support and payment solutions.

“Not only is this the world’s first nationwide infrastructure, it is also the first to be professionally supported with connectivity solutions such as remote assistance, remote management and an advance suite of payment solutions,” said Hans Streng, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ABB’s Product Group EV Charging Infrastructure. “Connected infrastructure will prove to be critical for professional deployment of large scale projects and ABB has the complete portfolio of expertise to accomplish a project of this magnitude.”

KredEx is a state-owned financial institution helping to improve the financing possibilities of Estonian enterprises, managing credit risks and enabling people to build or renovate their homes.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.