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Europe’s market leader in deploying and maintaining EV (Electric Vehicle) charging networks, ABB has announced that it supports the new Combined Charging System (CCS) standard with the expansion of its fast charging product portfolio.
ABB’s EV fast charging product portfolio now has added functionality and multi-standard support, bringing together European standardisation and fast charging technology to reduce infrastructure complexity and dramatically improve compatibility across all EV brands.
ABB’s Head of Product Group EV Charging Infrastructure, Hans Streng commented:
“ABB’s expanded portfolio enhanced with its cloud-based connectivity services is a natural solution for EV infrastructure providers to effortlessly incorporate any charging standard – be it CSS or CHAdeMO – into their charging network, without absorbing the high costs of software integration and testing.
“By providing a broader EV infrastructure platform, customers can now simply tailor their installed base of fast chargers depending on the amount of CCS or CHAdeMO legacy cars available in a specific region.”
CCS is a global standard adopted by leading European and North American auto-manufacturer. The new CCS capable fast chargers are part of the wider interoperability testing programs for all next-generation EV and designed to significantly improve user experience, providing EV drivers with increased charging availability convenience and assurance.
All chargers in its portfolio will be supported by ABB’s cloud-based charging management platform, enabling remote management and extensive interfacing with any available payment method service provider network or smart grid system.
ABB’s new multi-standard functionality is expected to be available in Europe in the second quarter of 2013, including a special CCS version for car dealerships; followed by a staged US launch this summer.