US’ First Public ABB Fast Charger Now in Service

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 12

ABB Chargers Are Now Showing Up in the US

ABB Chargers Are Now Showing Up in the US

First launched in Europe way back in 2010 and deployed there since, ABB’s fast charger has finally made its way to the US for public use.

ABB's Terra Smart Connect Duo Supports Both DC And AC Charging Equally (click to enlarge)

ABB’s Terra Smart Connect Duo Supports Both DC And AC Charging Equally (click to enlarge)

ABB now makes some of its units in New Berlin, Wisconsin, so it’s fitting that the first public ABB fast charger in the US was installed in Madison (capital of Wisconsin).

The station is located at Kelley’s Market Mobil, at 3859 E. Washington Ave., near Interstate 90/94, for those in area.

Andy Bartosh, ABB operations manager for EV charging infrastructure, issued this statement:

“By installing our quick charging unit along Interstate 90/94, MGE (Madison Gas & Electric) has taken a major step toward giving EV drivers an opportunity to travel greater distances more conveniently.”

We’re not entirely sure which of ABB’s fast chargers was chosen for Madison.  We hope it’s one of the Multistandard units, as it doesn’t really make sense to install a single connector (either CHAdeMO or CCS) unit at this stage.

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12 responses to "US’ First Public ABB Fast Charger Now in Service"

  1. Matt says:

    I live in Madison and have used the charger — It’s a Terra 51 with CHAdeMO only.

    1. io says:

      Thanks Matt!

      Of course it’s CHAdeMO. The author could have stated that instead of speculating — and getting it wrong — as ABB doesn’t offer any other configuration in North America.
      http://www.abb.com/product/us/9AAC175242.aspx

    1. Matt says:

      Also some nice pics and full information on Plugshare.

  2. Steve says:

    No worries about the single connector. There are 3 J1772 boxes within spitting distance of it. We are truly EV blessed here in Mad Town.
    The first hour it was open, we charged 6 cars! 10 minutes charging gets us home easy (20 miles).

  3. Bill Howland says:

    No info in this article but I did some digging and saw this unit (in Europe at least) is a 22kw either AC or DC unit.. Would be interesting to get some more details on the installation of this unit.

    1. Brian says:

      22kW? Ugh, that’s hardly fast charging. That’s more like not-quite-slow charging. Fast chargers really need to be in the 100kW range (or greater) to support long distance travel.

      1. Matt says:

        This is a 50KW unit. It was running about 47KW when I had my Leaf plugged in.

  4. Eric Cote says:

    I hope it’s a multi-standard unit too. Is there any info on how they’re collecting payments, or is it free?

    Their chargers look nice, but it seems like they don’t have an easy way of accepting credit cards equipped with PayPass, like the ChargePoints have.

    With DC fast charging, I think accepting credit cards at the stations is an important component.

    1. Matt says:

      It is currently free to use. You need an RFID card from the utility that installed it (Madison Gas & Electric). We assume that potential future payments will be collected through them, based on usage.

      1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

        … and there you have it: integration with a pre-existing billing system, minimize transactions and credit card involvement.

    2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      No. Don’t accept credit card payments at the station. Credit cards are a horrible, expensive way to manage the small payments.

      I think it’s far better to use a separate network account as is done for electronic tolls and then you can allow more costly one-time payments over the phone or online. That keeps the charger simpler and cheaper by reducing transaction fees.

      Tesla’s model, of course is to make the chargers as simple as possible and have no transactions at all.