ABB has supplied 165 DC fast chargers for operating a nationwide EV charging network in Estonia.
Estonia has recently launched a nationwide fast-charging network for electric vehicles, using technology provided by ABB, the leading power and automation technology group.
Officially opened recently, the network of 165 web-connected direct current (DC) fast chargers supplied and built by ABB covers urban areas with more than 5,000 inhabitants as well as major roads throughout the country, creating the highest concentration of DC chargers in Europe. On highways, the chargers are never more than 60km apart, making it possible for electric vehicles to travel anywhere within the Baltic state without running out of power.
According to Ulrich Spiesshofer, head of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division, having a nationwide fast-charging network will encourage motorists to switch to electric vehicles, motivating other countries to invest in their own charging infrastructure.
ABB’s Terra 51 DC fast chargers need only 15-30 minutes to charge an electric vehicle, unlike conventional residential power outlets that can take up to eight hours. The fast-charging stations comply with the CHAdeMO charging standard and can be used for charging vehicles with DC of up to 50kW as well as with AC of up to 22kW. The methods can be used simultaneously, if necessary.
ABB won the contract in 2011 and completed the network in just six months. The contract includes a five-year agreement to provide technical network operating support services for the chargers, which are connected to the central system via an Internet connection, as well as backbone IT architecture.
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