ABB Launches Its Cheapest Charging Station Yet

APR 22 2018 BY MARK KANE 24

ABB, known mostly for its DC fast charging stations, launched a new family of AC charging stations.

According to ABB, this is the most economical charging solution for homes and businesses in the company’s offering, but we didn’t spot pricing yet.

There are three power levels – 4.6 kW (single-phase) and 11 kW or 22 kW (three-phase).

“The new AC wallbox portfolio, comprised of 52 different types in total, provides a high quality, cost effective electric car charging point for private and business use. The latest addition further strengthens ABB’s comprehensive portfolio of smarter building solutions from lighting to heating, music, security and car charging.

Easy to fit and with a compact design of 50 by 25 cm2, the wallbox can be installed at homes or offices. It is particularly suited to businesses that wish to provide overnight charging facilities for customers, such as those in the hospitality business.

Manufactured with a robust all-weather enclosure for indoor and outdoor use, wallboxes are available in different versions, offering 4.6 and 11 kW AC charging as well as 22 kW AC 3-phase charging. As with all ABB products, expert assistance with fitting and maintaining the wallboxes is only a phone call away through the company’s global technical support services.”

ABB AC wallboxes

ABB AC wallboxes

“Compatible with the industry standard Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), the ABB AC wallbox is future-proof and enabled for authentication and load balancing.

For added flexibility, the wallboxes offer a range of connector types including type 2 socket, type 2 socket with shutter and type 1 and type 2 cable. For locations where wall mounting is difficult, a range of pedestals are available including one charger, two chargers back to back or two chargers in a 90 degree angle. Wallboxes are also available with or without energy meter, load balancing, back office integration and UMTS/3G modem.

Other key optional features include: Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and key authorization for increased security; sim card models for data communication; input current limiting software to match site requirements; communication interface for intelligently controlled charging and web tools for statistics, configuration and access management.”


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

“With the continued growth in sales of hybrid and battery powered electric cars, businesses and drivers are looking for simple and cost-effective vehicle charging solutions.”

“Charging should not be an interruption to the day, which is why we have extended our portfolio with the AC wallbox, which is simple to install and use at home or work. Drivers will now enjoy being able to just plug their car in overnight and get on with their day.”

“With the launch of the AC wallbox, customers can now benefit from charging solutions that are connected to their building infrastructure. Regardless of where they live and work, ABB now offers a smart solution to meet their needs.”

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24 Comments on "ABB Launches Its Cheapest Charging Station Yet"

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That poor lady. Someone tell her you don’t need to stand by the cord the whole time while the vehicle charges. It is clear by her vacuous stare that she’s been there for hours. It isn’t like a gas pump! Maybe she needs to use the toilet, her legs are crossed a bit.

You wouldn’t understand. If you drove an i3, you don’t want to let go of it, ever.

I wouldn’t mind staring at her for the whole time of the charge. :-p
Joke aside, the title says: the cheapest charging stations yet. But I don’t see any prices in the article.

They are in Swiss francs, helpful? 😉
Must contact the sales team in your region to get pricing:

I’m a bit surpriced that no maker of welding machines have starter to make car chargers.
They have experience in advanced power control, and if needed liquid cooled cables.
They could use their expertice and be part of a huge growing industri.
There will probably be sold millions every year, for decades.

I don’t know maybe battery electric cars are a mistake and the next generation of clean diesel is around the corner! Who knows maybe next year fuel cell cars will be 3x cheaper and 2x more efficient! /s

Sveno says – “. . . maybe next year . . . ”

Ahhh yes. Next year. The year pigs will be seen to fly. Electrically propelled, no doubt!

Nice article! It looks like these ABB wallboxes are rebranded KEBA units:

Maybe have the price of the subject in the article before calling it “the most economical charging solution”.

Or am I just being a grumpy old man?

KEBA wallboxes range from 750 to 1,130 Euro on Amazon. ABB will likely price their rebranded wallboxes similarly:

Compare that to a 530€ Tesla Wall Connector which will suit all Type 2 cars and all electrical circuits.

The article says 11kw is three phase but the ABB press release says it is single phase. Might want to correct that…

My Tesla Wall Charger is up to 19.2kw single phase (100A breaker and wiring derated to 80% for continuous operation) for $500 plus installation cost. I don’t know if it works with Chademo or CCS protocols with an adapter.

You wall “charger” is an EVSE. It is a glorified power outlet to power the onboard charger. CHAdeMO and CCS chargers are real chargers.

Someone needs to come up with a 19.2kW CHAdeMO or CCS unit that runs off a 240v 100A single-phase connection, like we have in the US. After all, the future of EV’s is going to be 60kWh+ batteries, and our little 6.6kW or 7.2kW on-board chargers are going to take ages to charge our cars. Unless we start putting in 19.2kW on-board chargers, which adds more weight and cost.

Because the dumb legacy auto manufacturers want to make it look like ev’s take long to charge. The only company that charges at either 10kw or 20kw is Tesla, single phase of course. Also some very few other Tesla powered cars like Rav4 EV and Benz B Series.

The rest just plain trickle charge.

If you are at home, you normally have time to charge (over night). This should be done as slow as possible to keep the battery healthy.

That’s fine for the short commuter city EV’s but those that are 40kwh to 75kwh+, you’ll need overnight plus more hours. If you charge only 8hrs overnight on a slow 6kw rate, it will take you 9hrs if your down to 10% SOC. That’s a daily deficit. Larger pack cars will take forever. Even if the car has 40kwh, charging at 10kw is only .25c, that’s nothing.

I’m having a hard time justifying such charging station for home use. Why? I use L1 at home and that works just fine for 22kw battery and overnight charging. I would imagine L2 is plenty for a 60kw battery. We don’t need to match gas fill up times in home charging. How many have a gasoline fill up station in their garage anyway?

Well, these are for Euro use. Apparently these are just rebranded old existing units anyway. 750 Euros for 4.6 kw docking station is a bit of a joke, as you can get a perfectly good Chinese charging cord of the same power level for 1/4 the price. Sun Country Highway today just sent me an email to buy a 32 amp j1772 docking station (rebranded CC) for ONLY $US 1,099 – a full $50 off. Seeing as i bought a 32 ampere unit last year for $259, I probably won’t take them up on their ‘unbelievable bargain’.

Well having a 100kWh battery pack Tesla I very much like to have a wall charger where I arrive, plug in and by morning my car is full. Yes I only use it at 3x14A as my main breaker is at 3x16A and I’d still like to keep my home appliances online too 🙂 But that charger from Tesla that can go all the way to 3x32A is just 450€+VAT. So 750€ for 4.6kW seems absurdly high.

Leaves 2 amperes for the appliances? What country are you in? Do you have to pay an additional fee per month should you want a larger connection?

Sun Country Highway has been making such J-1772 chargers for a long time. Try driving in Canada, you’ll find them at most Best Western’s along the US border. This one:
does 19.2 kW. Of course… The Tesla charger is a mere $500. versus $2700, but the interface is Tesla-specific.

22kW 3 fase is OK, but why do they not support 400V systems?
There are more people that have 400V single fase, then 240V 3 fase.

Are you sure about that? All of EU has 240V 3 phase (it’s called 380V utility plug, but it’s really three phases each giving 240V to ground).

And the EU Tesla wallbox that does 3x32A charging at 22kW is 450€+VAT.