ABB to deliver 250 rapid charging stations to Japan
The Japanese company e-Mobility Power (eMP) has ordered 250 units of the recently introduced Terra 184 rapid-charging station. With these, eMP primarily intends to replace existing slower charging columns.
eMP is a joint venture between the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) and Chubu Electric Power, two of Japan’s largest utilities. Financial details of the order were not disclosed. Delivery is scheduled to start in the autumn.
ABB says that the Terra 184 will be used to modernise the charging infrastructure in Japan but did not indicate which charging station types are to be replaced. ABB merely states that the new charging stations are to be installed “at roadside shops, on motorways and in public places”.
ABB did not say which version or cable eMP has ordered. The Terra 184 is basically compatible with CCS, CHAdeMO and type 2 for AC charging. In Japan, it makes sense to use the widely used CHAdeMO standard at both charging points of the column, especially since eMP’s main shareholder Tepco helped develop the standard.
The Swiss company officially presented the Terra 184 at the beginning of July, after Frank Mühlon, Head of ABB’s Global E-Mobility Infrastructure Solutions, had already announced such a charging point in May in an interview with electrive. The Terra 184 has a footprint of 0.5 square meters and does not require an external switch cabinet. With its compact design, the charging station is particularly suitable for use in Japanese cities, according to ABB. Since the new column does not require liquid-cooled cables, the Terra 184 is also to be more economical.
The maximum charging capacity of the Terra 184 is 180 kW. In view of the DC charging capacities of many current vehicle models, Mühlon described the main application as being the parallel charging of two BEVs with 90 kW each. “In terms of charging characteristics, this is currently completely sufficient for most vehicle types, especially in urban environments,” says the ABB manager. Especially in Japan, this should not be a problem: Only a few CHAdeMO vehicles can charge at 100 kW or more.
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