ABB to bring Terra 51 electric car fast charging station to US market and support SAE Fast Charging
International power and automation technology giant, ABB, announced this week, at the EVS26 electric car symposium, that the company was bringing its Terra 51 DC Fast Charging station to the U.S. The Terra 51 is an intelligent DC fast charger that uses the CHADEMO charging protocol, that is the fast charging method used on the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV.
DC Fast Charging enables compatible cars to be recharged to 80% within 30 minutes, making charging much more convenient and giving more travel flexibility to owners of electric cars. By comparison level 2 charging with electric cars takes anywhere between 3 to 8 hours for a full charge depending on the charge rate of the on-board charger. Level 2 charging supplies an AC current to the vehicle, at either 3.3 or 6.6 kilowatts depending on the electric car, and requires a normal 240 volt power connection. The Terra 51 Fast Charge station handles charge rates up to 50 kilowatts, and requires a 480 volt three phase AC power connection.