Switzerland is a perfect setting for an intensive crash-course in how ABB has – for the past 130 years – paved the way for the development and implementation of electrification of transportation, and today provide innovative technology for e-mobility in cars, buses, trams, cable cars, vessels, and planes.
On a picturesque journey on the ABB-powered Jungfrau Railway, we climb 3,454m into the snowy Swiss mountains using hydropower (and with an incredible 50% energy regeneration), in a juxtaposition of supercool tech and beautiful nature that fiercely reminds us of why sustainable transportation is such a vital topic.
In order to raise awareness of its vision of sustainable transport and the company’s role as a leading supplier of global e-mobility charging solutions, ABB became the title sponsor of the FIA Formula E Championship in 2018 and I’ve joined them in the capital Bern, to see some of the company’s pioneering technologies in action…
Charging Infrastructure ABB has sold 11,000 charging stations – more than any other manufacturer – in 73 countries around the world. 1,200 of these are fast charging stations and ABB’s top model Terra HP is capable of charging up to 350kW, the equivalent of 60 miles range in just 4 minutes. Additionally, the Terra DC charging stations are capable of functioning in temperatures from -35ºC to +55ºC and are used as part of Jaguar’s legendary “Ice Academy” in the Arctic Circle.
ABB is working with car manufacturers and public institutions in order to push ahead with global infrastructure expansion. In Europe, this has seen ABB selected by Ionity, a collaboration between BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, and Volkswagen Group, to become the main technology partner and supplier for the construction of a network that will see 400 rapid-charging stations installed in 24 countries.
In the US, the brand’s charging stations will be used by Electrify America, the largest e-mobility infrastructure project in the US to date, and across Japan, Porsche will install ABB chargers in Porsche centres and public facilities to coincide with the launch of the all-electric Taycan.
But what considerations should be made in order to achieve a rapid rate of infrastructure growth? Peter Voser, ABB CEO, said, “The global charging network needs to always be looked at in the context of cities. In order to accelerate rollout, regulatory issues need to be dealt with and driven forward, however it’s absolutely vital to talk to utility companies ahead of this to avoid bottle necks. Communication between all parties is crucial.”
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