ABB Launches “World’s Fastest” Charger – 350-kW Terra

APR 24 2018 BY MARK KANE 16

ABB presents at Hannover Messe its latest 350 kW Terra HP High Power ultra-fast chargers.

It’s being  called the “world’s fastest,” as the 350 kW of juice is the new top level for cars.

ABB Terra HP High Power fast charger (350 kW)

The Terra HP High Power can replenish 200 km (125 miles) of range in eight minutes (40-45 kWh), provide the car will be able to use 300-350 kW.

As we can see in the photos, the Terra HP is equipped with two plugs – CCS Combo and CHAdeMO, as ABB would like to remain standard-neutral. The question is will the 350 kW of power be offered on the CHAdeMO side too when the standard becomes capable of supporting that energy level?

ABB is one of several biggest players in the DC fast charging with more than 6,500 chargers installed in 60 countries.

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The power output is dynamically shared between the two plugs.

“With the number of electric vehicles on the road rising, the global demand for powerful and energy efficient vehicle charging stations is ever increasing. At Hannover Messe, ABB launched its newest EV charging solution, the Terra HP, the first 350 kW product on the market. Charging time for a range of 200 km is just eight minutes.

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 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, while dynamically optimizing the available grid connection and the power delivery to the two vehicles.”

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“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.”

Commenting on the launch Frank Muehlon, 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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16 Comments on "ABB Launches “World’s Fastest” Charger – 350-kW Terra"

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What I need is 150 miles in 15 minutes to fit my long range driving pattern of 2 hours of driving, 15 minute breaks. Looks like the chargers are getting there. Now we need affordable cars that can actually use it….

“Now we need affordable cars” It will be interesting to see ALSO how much the typical user is billed for using this equipment, and if it stays at ‘full power’ or is throttled down later once the dealership gets the electricity bill, as some Nissan dealerships have done in the past. My friend Brian hopes that a LAW will be passed in our state (NY) that eliminates Demand Charges for fast-charged EV’s. This of course, means that the cost will be paid by someone else. Philosophically, I’m against that as I do not wish my actions to increase the cost on my neighbors. EV Credits for purchasing vehicles or charging equipment I have no problem with, since it is not ‘COSTING’ other taxpayers anything – since I consider taxation mainly ‘Legalized Theft’, on years that I take advantage of credits are just years that the STILL STEAL from me, but just somewhat less than they would have otherwise. The State or Federal Gov’t isn’t ‘giving’ me any money, they just aren’t stealing quite as much of mine, until the year after. I purchased my last ev to soon to take advantage of the $2000 credit being offered dealerships…… I’m unclear… Read more »

EVSE capabilities will often be greater than current vehicles ability to utilize the maximum charge rates. The Tesla Model S starts tapering from 120kW relatively early–by about 60 miles SOC on my MS 85. These high rates appear to be mostly for show as lower rates are used to charge except for a brief window when the battery is nearly empty.

Which current EV models can be charged at such high charging rates?

First one to support 350kW will be Porsche Mission-E.
No current EV model though.

And the chance of the Mission E supporting 350kW is zero.

Since they are using 800V system instead of 400V as Tesla and others, supporting 350kW is quite possible.

The fact that is 800V not 1000V makes 350KW most impossible. The 350 KW charger is CCS 2.0 which supports up to 1000V and up to 350A. The only way you get 350 KW is exactly 350A at exactly 100V. So 800V @ 350A = 280KW. No idea if Mission E will support 350A but even if it does that puts the upper limit at 280 KW before the taper. By Porsche slides they are expecting an average charging rate of 220 KW likely due to the fact that it won’t be 350A at 800V but closer to 700V.

How are they planning to cram 200km of charge into that i8? LOL

I’m curious about the statement – “Will Dynamically assign charging between the 2 cables”. My question specifically is do the 2 cables have their own individual upconverter or are they sharing the same one? In other words, can one car charge at 350 volts and simultaneously the other one charge at 800 volts?

One seeming deficiency of most CCS and Chademo chargers has been the lack of ability to charge the car at its fastest power level, even if it supposedly has enough power capacity – the charger being limited by a relatively low current rating. It would be nice if the current would increase when the voltage is low, thereby allowing the fastest charging for any particular car.

An interesting question. As their won’t be too many cars that can support 350KW in the near future it would certainly be nice if this one station could charge say a Bolt EV and Leaf at the same time and at the cars maximum capability.

Fast but how much do they cost when you use them?
As Tesla says it’s Fast or Free when they offered battery swapping. And Free won on their Super Chargers.
A few more minutes is fine. Each site should also have Battery Storage so the GRID will not fail and you won’t get Demand charges.

Fastned has a few of these new ABB Terra chargers already installed in The Netherlands. The cost of charging (per kWh) has not changed compared to the previous 50 kW chargers.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

350KW is great but I think 200KW will eventually be the norm.

The Europeans are already building their 350kW CCS charger network. This will certainly be the new norm.

My company manufactures the combo connector. For the DC, we use 600v. 3/0 cable. In April, I was contacted by an ev conversion company. Their engineers want a 350 amp version.