ABB is to install fast-charging stops in Norway at existing petrol stations run by what was formerly Statoil, now Circle K. The latter is making a business case to turn gas stations into “energy stations” across the country.
The solution Circle K opted for is one of ABB’s latest fast-charging equipment series, the Terra High Power with 175 kW and Terra 54 CJG with 50 kW. The chargers offer a future proof solution and can be upgraded to deliver 350 kW for high power charging if needed. This will allow electric vehicle batteries to be charged with enough power to travel 200 kilometres in just 8 minutes, claims the Swiss company.
ABB did not specify the number of stations ordered by Circle K, only that they are to be delivered by April 2019. The stations will connect to ABB Ability, a web-enabled connectivity service that allows e-mobility charging network operators to perform several functions, including remote monitoring and configuring of charging points to resolve driver issues. The platform also enables servicing of equipment with minimal downtime and the flexibility to connect to any charging network, back-office, payment or energy management solution, claims ABB.
The Swiss company says it has an installed base of close to 1,000 EV charging stations in Norway. Globally, ABB has more than 10,500 DC chargers sold across 73 countries, according to the PI.
On a smaller scale, ABB recently introduced a DC solution for home charging. It supports powers of up to 24 kW and has the option of both CCS and CHAdeMO and can accommodate up to two connections. ABB positions their small DC charging station not necessarily inside private homes but on the market for workplace charging as well as at car dealerships or public car parks (we reported).