EVs galore at the New York International Auto Show

Fortnightly Magazine article featuring a roundtable discussion at the NYIAS with Matt Ketschke, Doug McMahon, Anders Sjoelin and Bob Stojanovic - June 2019

PUF: Anders, you're from ABB. What do you do and what brings you here?

Anders Sjoelin: I'm leading the North American Power Grids Division for ABB, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. We are excited to be invited to co-present our solutions with our partners and customers to share our vision on e-mobility and to showcase what we're doing around e-mobility at the expo. We also brought our ABB Formula E exhibit to the show as the season finale will take place in Brooklyn, New York on July 13-14, where ABB is the main sponsor. 

Formula E is an exciting event that allows us to share our vision around e-mobility with our customers and general public as one of the areas to address decarbonization, emission control initiatives, and clean power goals in the northeast region.

The other reason ABB is here is to show our EV charging offerings. ABB is pioneering e-mobility technologies, and we are the world leader in fast DC chargers, offering smart and innovative solutions for electric city buses, known as TOSA.

Over the past ten years, ABB has invested over fourteen billion dollars in the United States into a number of technologies and companies. It allowed us to expand our local presence and focus on enabling electrification of transportation, industry automation, and energy generation as well as transmission and distribution and covering many parts of the electrical value chain going from source to the wheels, and I believe that it is very important to look at e-mobility's full electrical value chain, not just EV charging stations.

PUF: What do you mean by, source to the wheels?

Anders Sjoelin: The trend is going toward the decarbonization, emission reduction, and more renewables resources. E-mobility powered with low or no emission sources will be a critical part of achieving these goals. Renewable resources, like hydro or wind power, are usually located in remote locations, not close to the consumption points.

With that comes the need for efficient power grids, both transmission and distribution. You need to have an efficient solution and city in-feed points, as well as smart distribution systems that can manage and cope with these changes in load flows and more intermittent energy sources.

I also see New York, from a location standpoint, well positioned to optimize the generation mix and achieve outlined goals, thanks to renewable energy sources located both within New York State and in neighboring states.

Read the full rountable interview in Fortnightly Magazine

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