World-leading power and automation technology group, ABB has been chosen to supply DC fast chargers for rapid charging of new DENZA electric vehicles over the next six years.
ABB announced the strategic collaboration with Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT) to supply direct current fast chargers over the next six years for DENZA. The charging solution will be sold through DENZA dealerships along with the vehicle, with first deliveries expected in mid-2014.
ABB’s wall-mounted chargers will have a number of innovations designed for user convenience and safety, such as a mobile app that allows remote monitoring and control of charging sessions, with the option of charging status change notifications.
With EVs being one of China’s seven emerging strategic industries, ABB and DENZA will work together to help support the country’s efforts to increase sustainable mobility. The Chinese government has introduced a DC fast charging ‘GBT’ standard to encourage technical innovation and stimulate market acceptance of EVs.
The urban charging infrastructure will be a key driver for EV adoption, and the GBT standard will give Chinese consumers the opportunity to conveniently charge their vehicles at home or the proposed public charging stations.
According to Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB Group, by combining car sales with fast chargers, DENZA is taking a bold step towards addressing a key obstacle for potential buyers of EVs. He adds that ABB’s EV charging solutions have been expanding rapidly worldwide as the underlying technology combines their key strengths in power electronics, software, service and power distribution.
Designed for journeys of more than 200km, the fully electric DENZA car is among the first long-range EVs to go on sale in China. With market research indicating consumers value long-range EVs, but expect short charging times, DENZA will offer its customers the convenience of fast charging at home, work or public charging stations.
Arno Roehringer, COO of BDNT explains that the DENZA represents a significant step in sustainable transportation for the Chinese automotive market; it was vital therefore to collaborate with the right partner to support this innovative concept. He adds that ABB is the ideal technology partner and also has the service expertise to install this solution.
China’s EV market is expected to quickly gain momentum in the coming years due to technology and market innovations. Working in China since 2010 on pilot projects with local OEMs and utilities, ABB began to build up a local EV organisation in 2013 to support this growth including R&D, manufacturing, logistics, and service.
Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. is a joint venture established by BYD Auto, a leader in China’s EV industry, and Daimler AG, one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach.
DENZA will have its world premiere at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.