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Leading the future to zero emission mobility
Who is ABB E-mobility and how can we work together?
ABB E-mobility is enabling zero-emission mobility as a global leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. We are the partner of choice for the world’s biggest EV OEMs and nationwide EV charging network operators, offering the widest portfolio of EV charging solutions from smart chargers for the home to high-power chargers for the highway stations of the future, solutions for the electrification of fleets and charging for electric buses and trucks. With ~1,500 employees around the world, ABB E-mobility has sold more than one million EV chargers across more than 85 markets, including over 50,000 DC fast chargers.
What is the national electric vehicle infrastructure (NEVI) program?
The 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) makes the single largest investment in electric transportation in US history – including historic investments in public charging infrastructure ($7.5B).
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program allocates $5B over five years to all US states based on set formulas published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). States will issue their own requests for proposals (RFPs) from EV charging operators beginning in early 2023, with the bulk of those RFPs expected to be issued in the first of half of the year. FHWA, in collaboration with the newly established Joint Office of Transportation and Energy, issued minimum standards and requirements that each state must abide by, along with domestic preference requirements, like a Buy America Act rule for EV chargers. ABB E-mobility has provided feedback to FHWA and State Departments of Transportation throughout the program defining process and is positioned to meet these technical and Buy America Act requirements.
Buy America Act Compliant
FHWA issued new Buy America Act requirements for EV chargers funded by the US Department of
Transportation, including the NEVI and Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) programs. ABB E-mobility's Terra 184 DC fast charger, which can deliver up to 180kW of power, meets these requirements. The new rule provide for two phases.
Phase 1: Beginning in March 2023 and ending on July 1st, 2024, all chargers must be, at a minimum, (1) assembled in the US; (2) installed by October 2024; and (3) must use 100% US origin steel or iron in their housing, if the housing is predominantly made of iron or steel.
Phase 2: All chargers must be, at a minimum (1) assembled in the US; (2) the cost of components manufactured in the United States is at least 55 percent of the cost of all components; and (3) must use 100% US origin steel or iron in their housing, if the housing is predominantly made of iron or steel. ABB E-mobility’s Terra 184 and Terra 124 already meet the phase 2 requirements.
Terra 184 aligns with NEVI standards
The Terra 184 is the ideal charger for NEVI charging sites. The Terra 184 meets the 150kW power requirements, delivers high current performance, and includes reliability features, digital capabilities, and safety certifications.
It’s all-in-one design and small physical footprint facilitate easier installation and maintenance. Because the design does not rely on a separate power cabinet that shares power among multiple ports, your charging site is more robust and less susceptible to single points of failure.
Our lengthy experience deploying public charging in varying applications across many charging operator platforms and business models is designed into every charger we deliver.
In response to growing industry demand, ABB E-mobility expanded its US manufacturing operations and is increasing production of electric vehicle chargers, including Buy America Act compliant ones.
Manufacturing of the Terra 184 in Columbia, South Carolina began in January 2023 and US produced 180kW chargers have already been delivered, installed, and commissioned, including at a recently announced public charging location in Virginia.
ABB E-mobility's manufacturing operations in Columbia, South Carolina will be capable of producing up to 10,000 chargers per year. This will significantly reduce delivery and lead times for DC fast-chargers in the US, enabling charging developers, owners, and operators to deploy reliable chargers more quickly. With manufacturing underway in the US, ABB E-mobility is positioned to lead this rapid infrastructure growth.
ABB E-mobility Begins Production of EV Chargers in South Carolina
ABB E-mobility Expands US Manufacturing Footprint
Reliability and achieving 97% uptime
EV charging has a reliability challenge: The uncomplicated solution may surprise you.
At ABB, we have been helping critical industries keep their facilities running for decades, from data centers, to hospitals, and water treatment facilities. In these scenarios, reliability and uptime are paramount and are more than aspirational - they are requirements. There are a number of best practices from these industries that can be applied to EV charging operations in order to meet or exceed 97% uptime. We encourage the EV charging industry to consider and implement key best practices while deploying chargers.
Service Level Agreements: The “great enabler” of reliability and uptime
Service Level Agreements (SLA) are a foundational tool used across many industries to implement reliability best practices and ensure uptime. SLAs set a contractually agreed process and procedure between the EV charger manufacturer and the owner or operator of the charger to prevent, address and resolve issues. SLAs can take many forms to meet a variety of EV charging business models. For example, the charger owner, operator (CPO), or Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) network provider could choose to:
1. Become authorized and trained by the charging manufacturer to perform all maintenance and corrective services - and/or -
2. Contract with a third-party service provider that is already authorized and trained by the charging manufacturer to perform all maintenance and corrective services - and/or -
3. Contract directly with the charging manufacturer to perform maintenance and services.
Questions to ask your EV charging provider and partners
Buy America Act Compliance Questions:
When did the proposed charging manufacturer begin production of 150kW DCFC in the United States?
When will the proposed charging manufacturer begin production of 150kW DCFC that meet the 55% US cost of components test?
What is the applicant’s mitigation plan if their chosen charging supplier does not meet the Phase 2 deadline for 55% US cost of components?
What is the applicant’s mitigation plan if their project is delayed past October 2024, but their chosen charger does not meet the 55% US cost of components requirement?
Reliability and 97% Uptime Questions:
Does the applicant have a service level agreement (SLA) that ties back to the charging manufacturer?
Does the applicant’s proposed charging manufacturer provide 24/7 remote monitoring and diagnostics?
What is the applicant’s plan to have (1) on-call authorized service technicians; and (2) spare parts availability to service chargers; and (3) quickly resolve issues causing downtime?
NTEP/CTEP Certification Questions:
Does the selected charging infrastructure have a NIST HB 44 metering solution that is capable of meeting National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) testing?
Has the selected charging infrastructure received California Type Evaluation Program (CTEP) or NTEP certification?
In the event a state Department of Weights and Measures requires that charger have a NIST HB 44 metering solution that is certified by CTEP or NTEP, what is the applicant’s plan for compliance?
Are the chargers to be used by the applicant certified for energy efficiency by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EnergyStar program?
If the applicant’s chargers are not EnergyStar certified, how do they guarantee that their chargers are energy efficient and promote sustainability?
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