ABB fast charger

ABB fast charger

ABB has joined as a member in the CharIN e.V. initiative to take electric vehicle charging to higher power levels.

"CharIN e. V. is happy to announce that ABB B.V. has been granted core membership in the association on 12th of November 2015. ABB B.V., which is based in the Netherlands, has joined CharIN e. V. as the first non-German member

ABB is leading with Internet-based charging infrastructure, supporting all EV charging standards. ABB offers a total solution: specific charging solutions for any location type and connected services to enhance your business. The chargers easily connect to any service or payment application.

ABB's Internet connected chargers enable fast global service and pro-active maintenance. ABB has years of experience in creating, installing and maintaining charging infrastructure, including several nationwide charger networks."

Chevrolet Spark EV at DC fast charger

Chevrolet Spark EV at DC fast charger

CharIN is built around the Combined Charging System (different versions in Europe than North America).

German carmakers (Audi, BMW, Daimler, Opel, Porsche and Volkswagen) together with American (GM, Ford and Chrysler/Fiat) first developed and created the CCS for DC fast charging, keeping backward compatibility with AC charging. Because AC plugs were different on both markets, the CCS versions with DC capability are different too.

CharIN alliance is working on increasing DC fast charging power from the common 50 kW to about 150 kW.

As of today, there are over 1,600 Combo (1 and 2) fast chargers installed, according to CharIN (for the sake of comparison, CHAdeMO stands at over 9,240, with nearly 5,500 in Japan).

But according to the papers, CharIN's long-term goal is to be able charge at 350 kW. If 150 kW charging is a few years away, 350 kW probably will not be available anytime soon, neither will EVs that can accept that level of power, but at least it's in the works.

The Combined Charging System - up to 350 kW

The Combined Charging System - up to 350 kW

The Combined Charging System - CharIN working structure

The Combined Charging System - CharIN working structure