ABB Multi-Standard Rapid Chargers Coming To Northumberland, UK

APR 9 2014 BY MARK KANE 7

ABB Terra 53CJG

ABB Terra 53CJG

The UK is slowly switching from dominant DC CHAdeMO chargers to more universal multi-standard units.

In Northumberland in North East England, the Northumberland County Council decided to install 20 multi-standard chargers from ABB.  These triple-outlet rapid chargers will be able to supply every electric car with fast charge capability (excluding Tesla, which can “slowly” suck 10 or 20 kW via three-phase Type 2 plug depending on on-board charger).

The ordered Terra 53CJG units have CHAdeMO and Combo plugs with DC power of up to 50 kW. Maximum for Type 2 is 43 kW and only Renault ZOE can be charged this way at full power.

What’s even more interesting is that the UK is on the way to have hundreds of fast charging stations:

The installation is part of a network of over 500 rapid charge points nationwide, part funded by OLEV (Department for Transport’s, Office for Low Emission Vehicles). It is one of OLEV’s largest rapid charging electric vehicle projects and was awarded to ABB by Jewson on behalf of Northumberland County Council. The multi-standard, triple-outlet rapid chargers will be installed in strategic locations across Northumberland with connection to the Pay As You Go national network provided by Charge Your Car.”

Vincent Thurlby of Jewson commented:

“We fully support this EV charging initiative and are excited to be part of this emerging transport revolution.”

Graham Barlow of ABB Power Conversion remarked:

“Northumberland County Council chose ABB for its proven expertise in deploying and managing nationwide EV charging networks. ABB provides the chargers and industry-leading software solutions for remote servicing as well as connectivity to subscriber management and payment systems.”

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You know, I often wonder about Tesla’s proprietary charging system. While yes, it bay be superior, and right now is more widely available than other charge methods. I sort of have to compare it to firewire. Sure, it was better than USB. But USB was more universal and eventually it was improved and firewire got left behind because it became difficult to find products that worked with it.

So what happens 10 years from now when there are charging stations all over the place, but the only ones that work for Tesla are the ones Tesla themselves have installed?

Tesla will have a CHAdeMO adapters (and Combo too at some point). This isn’t a problem for them.

Transferring data from a gadget to your pc is more comparable to home charging. You plug in and then start doing something else.

Fast charging is mostly an interruption to your journey and you’ll have to hang around somewhere at the side of the road waiting for it to finish. Then 50 kW or 120 kW makes all the difference.

Waiting and waiting is not always the same thing.

“Maximum for Type 2 is 43 kW and only Renault ZOE can be charged this way at full power.” – same can a Tesla… it is Type 2. There is nothing “proprietary” about the Tesla charging system, except that it can handle higher power.

Tesla Model S is limited to 11kW with a single charger and 22kW with dual chargers with AC on the Type 2 vehicle inlet. The article’s statement about Zoe is accurate in that it is the only current car that can pull the full 43kW from these stations.

Being a Zoe driver, I am very happy with this news.

The 43 kW AC capability was not available from ABB. Fastned, the Dutch company that is now rolling out 201 fast charging stations along the Dutch motorways, is using ABB equipment and the first 8 fast charging stations they installed were all limited to 22 kW AC charging. Still pretty fast, but not quite fast charging. From now on, new built stations will feature 43 kW AC. Yippeeee.