Check Out The 350 kW And150 kW ABB Chargers For Electrify America

JUN 24 2018 BY MARK KANE 27

Electrify America installed several of its first ultra-fast charging stations in the U.S. with power output of 150 kW or 350 kW.

One of the suppliers for Electrify America is ABB, which offers its Terra HP chargers. In the case of Electrify America, two types seem to be used:

  • 350 kW CCS Combo chargers (with two plugs each)
  • 150 kW CCS Combo chargers (with additional 50 kW CHAdeMO plug)

The 150 kW of charging power, in theory, should enable one to drive 125 miles (200 km) after just a  15-minute recharge (if the car accepts such a level of power and energy of is 40 kWh). The 350 kW more or less doubles the charging performance.

Currently, there are not many models that would accept anything beyond 100 kW (especially for longer than a few minutes), but soon it will be common at least in the high-end part of the BEV market (150 kW Audi e-tron, 100 kW Jaguar I-PACE, Porsche, Tesla and more).

Electrify America intends to install 2,000 DC chargers at 484 locations by the end of 2019, and we believe that a decent part of those will be these ABB units. The initiative’s highway-based phase must be completed by the end of June 2019 or Volkswagen faces a fine for not complying.

Here is what ABB has to say about the ultra-fast chargers for Electrify America:

ABB provides high power chargers for inaugural Electrify America installations

ABB fast chargers at Electrify America station

2018-05-30 – Terra HP 350kW chargers from ABB are the first public sites of their kind to launch across the United States

ABB’s Terra HP chargers have been installed at the first three Electrify America locations to open as part of this landmark infrastructure project, with many more charging sites to come this year.

Unveiled in Chicopee, Massachusetts as well as Fincastle and Reston, Virginia, ABB’s Terra HP charging systems are now ready for use by drivers of all electric vehicle (EV) models available in the US.

While not many EVs can charge at 350kW yet, these sites are future proof, serving both today’s battery electric vehicles and those in the future that may benefit from improvements in battery technology. This will enable fast charging times for even the longest range EV’s.

“A few years ago, the idea of putting 350kW of direct power into a consumer’s hand was considered unheard of,” says Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging. “Now we have created a new standard for high power charging with next generation vehicles.”

Growing battery sizes have increased demand for faster charging. “Several years ago, when DC fast charging was first introduced, the idea that an EV could charge in less than 30 minutes with a 50kW DC fast charger was a significant step forward.” Muehlon explains. “But new EVs have batteries three or four times the size of those original electric vehicles, making the fast, convenient and flexible charging essential to EV ownership. The way to achieve this is to dramatically increase the power delivery, and ABB has worked closely with many vehicle OEMs and suppliers to push this technology where it needed to go.”

ABB fast chargers at Electrify America station

The need for a robust, higher power charging network will increase as demand for fast charging capability keeps pace with the development of vehicles carrying larger batteries for longer distances travel. Electrify America is now filling this need, creating a nationwide network of high power charging systems that will connect the west coast to the east coast, and aggressively fill in locations across the Plains, Great Lakes and Southern States, that previously hadn’t benefitted from a high number of corridor connected charging points.

“ABB is working hard with Electrify America to deploy stations like those in Chicopee and Fincastle throughout the United States,” added Muehlon. “We feel very proud to have achieved many firsts when it comes to EV charging infrastructure. Over the last decade, we deployed the first DC fast charger in Europe, the first CCS protocol compliant chargers in many countries, the first country-wide network in Estonia and installed the first 150 kW charger in the United States last year. With Electrify America’s historic investment in US charging infrastructure, we can now claim another first with the launch of 350kW high power public charging in the United States.”

Creating innovative, state-of-the-art and reliable solutions, which are scalable to expand and flex with its customers’ needs, is at the heart of ABB’s philosophy. Ideally suited for use at highway rest stops and petrol stations, Terra HP’s ultra-high current design has the capacity to charge electric vehicles up to 1,000V at full power.

As part of its $2 billion investment over the next ten years in electric vehicle infrastructure and education, Electrify America plans to place chargers on its highway routes at intervals of no more than 120 miles (195 kilometers), meaning drivers across the US can be confident they’ll be able to reach their destinations with ease.

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27 Comments on "Check Out The 350 kW And150 kW ABB Chargers For Electrify America"

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Charging at 200 km in 15 minutes is looking good

Why 2 versions? They should only install the fastest chargers possible… they will just have to replace them sooner than later if they don’t.

Given no EV can even charge at 150kWh yet I think the fact they are deploying any 350kWh chargers is good. Also, getting the necessary power to a 350kWh charger limits where you can put them. To put this into perspective the average home uses about 35kWh/day.

Please, let’s keep the units correct. It’s 150 kW/350 kW. Watt is the unit for power, one kW is 1000 Watts.

kWh is a unit of energy, it’s power over time. 1 kWh is the amount of energy a 350 kW charger can deliver in about 10 seconds.

The energy that can be stored in batteries are measured in kWh, the power of the chargers, motors, inverters etc is measured in kW.

Cost and does that location have the extra electricity capacity?

What’s with the placement of the chargers in the photos? It looks like they’ve got two CCS connectors in each space, 4 connectors in two spaces…❓

They are combo chargers. They have one CCS and one ChaDeMo connector. You can use one or the other but not both at the same time. Most charging stations in the US these days support both competing standards. In the long run, the US is heading towards a CCS standard, but that is not likely to happen for a few years. Till then, the flexibility means that you don’t have to worry about whether your car will fit. The catch with EA is that they are only planning the full second generation 150/350 kW for the CCS plug.

Yes, CCS is going to be the standard going forward, with ChaDeMo limited to 50kW.

CHAdeMO 2.0 can do 400kW….but regaurdless, the CCS will be a defacto standard, so I would like to see not even have a plug for CHAdeMO. People with Leaf’s (& some others) would just have to buy an adapter…problem solved.

Cannot use adapters on CCS, thats part of the protocol as I understand?

The use of adapters isn’t discouraged but the use of extensions is. In reality you can do what you want there is no law against it. Terms and conditions of the individual charging station operator may apply.
In Germany with the bring you own cable Type2 stations there have been cases of warning letters under the wipers that using non compliant cables is against the terms and they may get banned from the network. This happened to users of Type2 to CEE adapters which use a fixed resistor to fake the current level signal.

The communication bus is completely different. That is why there is no CCS to Chademo or CCS to Tesla adapter. On the other hand, the underlying communication bus in Tesla, Chademo and China’s Gb/T are the same. So, you can build a dongle that just transfers the cables to different plug shapes.

Also, Chademo is the standard in Japan. It’s not going anywhere, globally. We are likely to converge to regional standards, but there will never be one global standard.

The most likely scenario is that Chevy sells Bolts with Chademo in Japan and Nissan sells Leafs with CCS in the US. We’re still far from such convergence. Most of what’s happening is Wild West driven by automakers. Wait till 2022 and the standards will start kicking into gear.

But if you look the zoomed in photo of the same chargers they’re both 350 kw CCS connectors. I am aware of what most stations provide.

Yes, they are both CCS (green labels), and it’s for redundancy and ease of use. Depending on how the car is parked, it’s easier to reach the connector with one of the plugs. Also, if a plug breaks, you can use the other.

I guess that’s plausible, I would have expected one charger between two spaces to serve more then one car. On the other hand I have pulled up to a charger to find that the connector is bad on one side, I then move to the next space when I realize the second one on the same charger is fine.

Yes, two plugs is not a major cost, compared to the AC/DC which of course is shared between the plugs on the same charger.

These chargers are actually designed to be used in a petrol station like environment and not in a parking lot. FastNed uses them like this. They are clearly under utilised being placed like they are in the picture. Maybe that is all that was for sale at the moment or they got a good deal by only ordering stations of a certain type. They are under a lot of time pressure. They have nearly 500 stations to build in less than one year (mid 2019).

One correction for the story, Electrify America has to complete this highway phase by June 2019, or VW gets fined… That is different then “by the end of 2019” 6 months, or 1 summer vacation season different… Just saying!

I am copying the verbiage from their website….

“Highway sites will be located along high-traffic corridors between metropolitan areas, including two cross-country routes, and will include between four and ten 150kW and 350kW individual DC fast chargers at each location before June 2019.
These sites will be located no more than ~120 miles apart and on average just 70 miles apart. Many shorter range EVs will benefit from 50kW DC fast charging on the Electrify America highway network, including any CHAdeMO equipped vehicles.”

Added. Thanks!

From article: “…Electrify America intends to install 2,000 DC chargers at 484 locations by the end of 2019…”

That will be a good start that is overdue… traditional car makers need to match or exceed Tesla’s fast charge network.

Mass EV adoption requires access to a convenient and reliable fast charge network for those occasional long distance trips.

CHAdeMO is much more prolific than Tesla charging.

NOT. I know without even figuring that there are many more Tesla Supercharger stalls in the U.S. than CHadeMO chargers. Plus, Tesla’s are everywhere that’s needed for travel, at the speeds needed (100 kW+) and are highly unlikely to let you down on a trip. CHadeMO AND CCS chargers are not currently meeting those things I mentioned.

Maybe where you live. Worldwide Tesla is not in the lead.

It is mind boggling how pro CCS people on here are a real reflection of the deep corporate brainwashing. It is a disgrace that the CHAdeMO side is being restricted. Those of you who think CCS should rule are voting for your own slavery. CCS is a corporate mafia cartel that seeks control and monopoly so like any drug dealer they get you hooked then they will constantly increase the price for your fix. CHAdeMO is a single WORLD STANDARD while a CCS car bought in US will not charge in Europe and vice versa. The government of CHINA has just announced that the new higher end CHAdeMO along with the China GB standard will be the charging system for the world’s biggest EV market and their neighbours.

“while a CCS car bought in US will not charge in Europe and vice versa.”

Do you have a source for this information?

Well, for once CCS connectors in EU and US are diferent.

Anyone have any idea what these 350 kW charging stations cost for just the hardware (not installation)? Thank you – Erik