ABB, a major Swedish-Swiss multinational technology company, is involved in several major electric vehicle charging networks. The company is now unveiling its own full 350 kW electric vehicle charging technology, which it claims can add 200 km of range in 8 minutes.
Range per minute is a weird metric to share since it’s highly dependent on the specific electric vehicle, but it’s certainly achievable with a 350 kW charging technology.
ABB launched the new system called the Terra HP at Hannover Messe this week with the BMW i8, which ironically can’t take anything close to 350 kW.
Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging, said about the launch:
“We are committed to supporting the expansion of electric vehicle charging systems across the globe to drive cleaner environments. Creating innovative state-of-the-art and energy efficient solutions which are scalable to expand and flex with our customers’ needs is at the heart of ABB’s philosophy.”
The company claims that it is “the first 350 kW electric vehicle charging system”, but Chargepoint already started deploying a 350 kW system and Porsche also started building its new high-power stations.
With this said, ABB has also been working with EVgo to deploy their own 150 to 350 kW system.
ABB says that Terra HP has the capacity to charge “both 400 V and 800 V cars at full power.”
At the moment, there are no 800-volt electric cars on the market, but it is expected to change soon – starting with the Porsche Mission E next year.
ABB has been increasingly involved in electrification especially as a hardware supplier for charging networks. It has plans to deploy a network of fast-charging electric car stations in Iceland, but also through their factory automation division, like their cooperation with Northvolt to build their European battery gigafactory.