ABB First To Bring Combined Charging System, And Multistandard To Market
ABB, maker of the Terra 51 CHAdeMO fast charging station, announced today that it is also supporting the new Combined Charging System (CCS), and will bring a new lineup of products to market in 2013.
ABB will feature both a stand-alone CCS charging station as well as a multistandard station. The latter will let potential plug-in electric car buyers not worry about what protocol (CHAdeMO or CSS) their vehicle is optioned with. Now everyone can be satidfied.
“The new multistandard functionality will be available in Europe in the second quarter of 2013 including a special CCS version for car dealerships, followed by a targeted launch in the USA in the second half of 2013. The expansion of the ABB fast charging portfolio brings together European standardization and fast charging technology reducing infrastructure complexity and dramatically improving charging compatibility across all EV brands. “
According to the company, ABB was the first company to show-off a working prototype of the CCS standard at EV26 in Los Angeles last year.
All 3 stations are rated at 50 kW, while a 20 kW variant will be launched in both single CCS and multistandard outlets later this year. similar to the current CHAdeMO 20kW stations they offer for workplace and retail locations.
Cost on these new systems? Still very much unknown.
PDF link to new multistandard DC charging station can be found here.