ABB Introduces 150-350 kW ABB Terra HP High Power Chargers

OCT 6 2017 BY MARK KANE 34

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ABB is introducing its new high power charging solution – the Terra HP, designed for 150-350 kW power outputs, while at the same time being dual-standard: CHAdeMO and CCS Combo.

ABB Terra HP

The new chargers are two separate units – the cabinet that provides power, and the station terminals with charging connectors and authorization systems.

Multiple cabinets can power multiple charging terminals through Dynamic DC power sharing technology, for better utilization of the infrastructure overall.

The official unveiling is scheduled for the Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (AKA EVS30) in Stuttgart from 9-11 October (Stand 43, Hall 1).

Here is hoping we see them ‘in the wild’ real soon!

“Ideally suited for use at highway rest stops and petrol stations, Terra HP’s ultra-high current has the capacity to charge both 400 V and 800 V cars at full power.

The 375 A output single power cabinet can charge a 400 V car at full 150 kW continuously. The addition of Dynamic DC power sharing technology, allows a two-power cabinet charging system to charge a couple of EVs simultaneously, with up to 350 kW and 500 A, while dynamically optimizing the available grid connection and the power delivery to the two vehicles.”

“Additional power cabinets and charge posts can be added after installation, delivering a cost-effective and future-proof solution for expandable charge points that can grow as the EV base grows.

To further improve performance, Terra HP delivers the highest uptime due to redundancy on power and communication, and individually cooled charging cables. Having proven its paces in numerous commercial electric bus field installations, the power cabinet is also extremely reliable.

For charging operators, Terra HP provides the additional benefit of ABB Ability™ Connected Services, which deliver enhanced functionality, including the ability to easily connect chargers to back offices, payment platforms or smart grids systems. More importantly, remote diagnostics, repair and over-the-air software updates, minimize downtime and keep running costs low.

Terra HP delivers a number of additional benefits for consumers, including an intuitive, easy to use touchscreen display and multiple payment options.

ABB has provided charging solutions as part of its drive to promote sustainable mobility since 2010 and has sold more than 6,000 cloud connected DC fast-chargers around the world for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.”

Commenting on the launch Frank Mühlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging, said:

“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.”

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34 Comments on "ABB Introduces 150-350 kW ABB Terra HP High Power Chargers"

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Please begin installing these in California.

Thank you.

Can the cars accept that much juice?? Supposedly only Tesla can use their superchargers because of the high electric output.

Most won’t. A few will charge faster using one of these than existing 50kW and 62.5kW chargers.

Even the Teslas can’t accept as much juice as the superchargers can give. Especially not the Model 3 and the smaller battery options.

But what is important is to build the infrastructure for when there are such vehicles on the road. And as you’ve already been told some vehicles can charge at more than the standard 50 kW so they will have some use of it today.

Chicken and egg…

Very nice I wonder if I can use an SBA Loan to buy one and set up a charging station on I4 corridor between Tampa and Orlando?

One of SBA loan requirements is:
“Operate for profit;”

If you can qualify, why not. All Florida interstates would be even better 😉

Soup and Coffee would offer greater ROI, so if you can off Recharge ‘N Refill stops, with Washrooms (Restrooms?), even Better! Pop, Snacks, and or a Health Food Stop ‘N Shop are also good mixes to consider!

We need them across all major interstates in the US!

Start them at 175 Mile intervals (or 160-190 Miles), put in a minimum of 4 in as many stops as possible, and consider up to even 10 or more!

Put the Same Number of 240V x 40 Amp L2 Stations (6.6-7.2 kW) at each stop, as well!

Tesla is building out global networks on its own…and has offered the network to all comers. I wonder why others are not taking advantage of their system? Tesla owners can go a lot of places:

For $100k a pop you should certainly be able to go to a lot of places ;))) This is a price of used Cessna in good condition, not a car for masses. A Cessna or other aircraft can deliver you to many places faster and with almost similar amount of advance trip planning.

Serial anti-Tesla troll and fool cell proponent zzzz once again spreads his easily discredited, whiny and repetitive FUD (and tries a bizarre distration by bringing in the price of a used cessna WTH!).

Yes many of the top-of the line Tesla Models S&X are sold for $100,000 and up but they can be had for less and Tesla is in the process of bringing the Model 3 starting at $35,000.

Meanwhile zzzz, where are is the nationwide network of H2 stations and why aren’t the oil companies building them????


I wonder why zzzzzzzzzzzz is commenting on a site about EVs.

My impression of ABB stuff is that it usually isn’t cheap. Be much more informative if they offered a purchase price.

At least the BOSCH ‘home’ 25 kw chargers (ccs) have decreased in price from $8700 to the mid $6000’s.

Not always the cheapest, but generally the best.

Bosch manufacturers crap. Including the software to the cheating Volkswagens.

Correct me if I am wrong here.

Aren’t you supposed to have a CAR THAT CAN CHARGE AT 350kW BEFORE YOU CAN HAVE 350kW CHARGERS????

For forks sake…. Where are my meds….

Chicken or the egg? I would rather have the 350kW chargers start getting deployed around the country so when the cars come, they will work at the higher speed. Until then, you can still use these chargers with slower 50kW EVs.

Even better, if, since the current ABB Terra Chargers on can Charge A Leaf OR an i3 at one time, but not both, to make the capable of DUAL 60-75 kW simultaneously, OR a Single 150 kW, would be better hardware investment value, And better for EV Drivers!

Plus, certain CCS equipped EV’s, and their commentors here, won’t be so Ticked at Leaf Owners, since they could charge at the same time as the Leaf!

That’s it.
High total power, that can be shared among multiple “terminals”.

I’ve not yet read how these ABB chargers really work (for example, can one cabinet be connected to more than one terminal, thus spreading the 150 kW across them?), but for sure Charge Point Express Plus stations can

They are EXTREMELY flexible.
For those who don’t know, they are composed of cubes (the cabinets) and station terminals, which can be combined in multiple ways, that can be upgraded in time.

One could start installing the terminals (stations), without cubes, and thus get 62.5 kW from each of them.
If you add cubes (that can each be connected to up to 8 stations), you can get up to a maximum power of 400 kW from ONE station.

They did it perfect, I believe.
I hope these ones are as flexible.





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So these ABB chargers are somewhat modular/scalable like the Tesla SuperChargers which are stacks of the onboard car chargers and thus easily increased.

Imitation here (minus the onboard car charger part) is the sincerest form of flattery.

Tesla didn’t invent multiple parallel power converters. Not even for use in DC car chargers.

Also note that while decreasing power by removing modules is easy, you can’t just add modules to make a more powerful charger. You have to increase the whole system’s current carrying capacity and possibly the cooling too. The charging cord presents a significant issue here as it must run at vehicle voltage and making it thicker to carry more amps makes it harder for customers to handle it when inserting the charging probe.

Modular is a good idea. But it’s not a new idea. And it isn’t a free ticket to higher output. Not for Tesla or ABB. You have to design a new system if you want higher output. ABB has done so and announced it, likely Tesla has done so but simply not announced it because they have no car to pair it with yet.

No, it’s UP TO 350 kW. Meaning all EVs can use them and they are not limited by the charger, only the own battery is the limit

It’s upgradable to 350kW.

Besides, VW wants to sell 800V cars. This charges 800V cars at high speeds. VW has to install a bunch of chargers due to their Diesel settlement.

Seems like a good fit to me.

VW want to build them but the dealerships don’t want to sell them.

By VW I mean the company, not just the VW brand.

VW owns Porsche, who will be releasing 800V cars. And I don’t think dealers will complain.

You are very much wrong. So let’s correct you.

The infrastructure takes time to build so it is a lot better if you start that BEFORE there are cars available that can charge at those levels.
Even then it is set up like Tesla to share the power so many lower power cars can use it and there are plenty of >50 kW cars coming or already available.

So bring the faster chargers…

Yeah, cost will be a biggie. If it is twice as expensive or more than the current 50 kW ones I’d rather see more of the current ones.

I don’t know if it is worth taking an extra 350 KW step instead of going directly to the 1000 KW of a megacharger but it nevertheless is going in the right direction of more power for faster charging.
What is still missing though is creating a visible along the road brand so that people can see where those chargers are like what Tesla is doing with the superchargers. It needs to attract the eye and be abundant.
Once that’s available cars will naturally evolve in charging capacity to take profit of the faster speed.

Has any OEM specified that they intend on building vehicles capable of charging at 1000 kW? This 375A peak unit will be difficult enough to install, where do you expect the power to come from for a 1250A unit? There would have to be a substantial battery installment at every charger to buffer the grid, which would come at substantial cost, not a minor upgrade from this unit!

Agreed that there needs to be a brand that builds themselves up by installing a bunch of these units around, however, as the 150kW cars are coming!

Not passenger cars, no. I believe bus makers have.

Buses would presumably not use regular roadside chargers to refill, even on long trips. They’d have to find special infrastructure that goes faster.

As you say, putting in 1MW chargers for cars seems like a waste of money.