Held from 1st – 3rd August 2019, evworld NZ gathered 4,300 enthusiasts at the country’s largest combined electric vehicle (EV) industry and public expo to support the acceleration of EV uptake in New Zealand. The event featured a two-day industry conference to discuss important topics in support of enabling the transition to a low carbon transport system.
ABB participated in the event’s expo at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland to showcase its latest EV charging solutions with the recently launched, compact DC Wallbox and market leading Terra high power (HP) charger. Both products are designed to meet the increasing demands for sustainable e-mobility, supporting New Zealand’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050.
The DC Wallbox was developed for offices, dealerships and public parking places, where it will provide direct current (DC) that offers a shorter charging time than a conventional alternating current (AC) device. With an output of 24 kilowatt (kW), it is compatible with all existing 500 V battery EVs, as well as the next generation of high-voltage vehicles. Depending on the vehicle, it can have drivers topped up and back on the road within 1 to 3 hours.
Connectivity is key to success in EV charging. Featuring ABB AbilityTM Connected Services, the DC Wallbox enables authentication, payment, monitoring, remote diagnostics and repair, as well as wireless updates and upgrades.
Debbie Vanderschyff, ABB’s Sales Specialist for EV charging, said: “The new DC Wallbox will support increased adoption of e-mobility by private vehicle owners and businesses alike. ABB's DC charging infrastructure offers reliable fast charging along with digital connectivity.”
ABB also showcased its Terra HP charger, hooked up to Audi’s newest full-size SUV e-tron, at the expo stand. ABB’s Terra 54 charger offers a 50 kW DC charge and fits well with the normal use of a dealership stop. As earlier announced, Audi will also install ABB Terra 175kW DC chargers, in selected Audi dealerships nationwide, which has the capacity to charge an Audi e-tron up to 80 percent in less than 40 minutes.
Both the DC Wallbox and Terra HP chargers are part of the ABB Ability portfolio of connected solutions, enabling authentication, integration with back offices and payment platforms, monitoring, remote diagnostics and repair, as well as cloud-based updates and upgrades.
With over 10 years of experience in the EV charging market, ABB has currently sold more than 11,000 DC fast chargers across 76 countries worldwide. The DC Wallbox and Terra HP offering extends ABB’s comprehensive EV charging portfolio in New Zealand, which ranges from smart single-phase AC Wallbox for home charging to 350 kW high power charging for next generation EVs. ABB also offers various charging solutions for electric and hybrid buses, as well as electrification solutions for ships and railways.
ABB’s e-mobility leadership is also demonstrated by its partnership with Formula E, the world’s first fully electric international FIA motorsport series. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship series provides a platform to test e-mobility electrification and digitalization technologies in competitive racing. Together, ABB and Formula E are ideally positioned to push the boundaries of e-mobility.
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com