The all-electric BMW i3 gets energized at the NRG eVgo Freedom Station in San Diego

The all-electric BMW i3 gets energized at the NRG eVgo Freedom Station in San Diego

ABB announced that it received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety listing for its Terra 53 fast charger with SAE Combo DC plug.

This comes 2-3 months after the first unit was installed in California by NRG eVgo in September, which should enable the rollout of such points across North America.

ABB offers units with power of 20, 30, 40 and 50 kW and with both SAE Combo plug and/or CHAdeMO plug.

Andy Bartosh, Program Manager of ABB’s EV Charging Infrastructure business stated:

“Achieving UL certification supports our mission to deliver safe, compliant, market-leading products to station owners and drivers. In addition, we’ve further optimized the product footprint so that sites can tailor their charging offering to their driving customers. Some sites require a quick 15 minute charge at 50kW power, and some locations are better suited to an hour-long fast charge at 20kW power.”

ABB seems to be in close cooperation with BMW in Europe and in the U.S.  These two companies will be see often together preparing infrastructure for the BMW i3 launch.

Cliff Fietzek, Manager of Connected e-Mobility at BMW of North America said:

“The availability of ABB’s UL listed Terra 53C SAE Combo Charger will support the launch of the BMW i3 in the US in the second quarter of 2014. The Terra 53 gives i3 drivers with the DC charging option, the possibility to recharge their car up to 80% in under 30 minutes, extending their EV driving range significantly.”

The BMW i3 introduction in the US is expected in Q2 next year.  The Chevy Spark EV should get the DC Combo fast charge option this month.

Britta Gross, Director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors said:

“Achieving UL certification enables the continued rollout of the SAE combo connector, which is the new industry standard for DC Fast Charging of electric vehicles, and broadly supported by most major automakers. This paves the way for the entire automotive industry to make electric vehicles more convenient for a vast majority of customers. For example, owners of the Chevrolet Spark EV equipped with DC fast charge capability will be available before the end of the year in California and Oregon.

Here is first ABB public fast charger with a Combo plug installed in San Diego Fashion Valley Mall alongside a CHAdeMO one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hxxb_Kgs2xM