ABB to Install More Than 200 DC Quick Chargers in the Netherlands (w/video)
Fastned, a Dutch start-up founded in 2011 that aims to be a leading charging points operator, ordered more than 200 quick chargers from ABB. All of these units will be installed in the Netherlands over the next 18 or so months.
“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.”
One of the largest nationwide networks of EV quick-charge stations will be deployed at 201 of the 245 service stations along Dutch highways. All of the chargers should have about 50 kW of power and will be equipped with different standards plugs (like Terra 52 and Terra 53) to enable charging in 15-30 minutes for virtually all of the quick-charge-capable electric vehicles out there today.
Fast-chargers will be located a maximum of 50 kilometers apart along main roads and within range of all of the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants.
To date, the Netherlands had less then one hundred DC quick chargers – mainly CHAdeMO.
The first installations should be completed in September. Fastned is also planning to build solar canopies. Those are expected to be completed by 2015.