ABB launches first general type of DC charger compliant with China standard

ABB will also incorporate electric vehicles into company fleet and support green transportation by installing chargers in the selected office locations.

Shenzhen, China, August 18, 2014 - ABB, the leading power and automation group, today announced the launch of Terra 53 Z, its first general type of high power DC fast charger that complies with China GB standard. The new chargers will be manufactured in Shenzhen at ABB's recently established base for electric vehicle chargers.

Terra 53 Z can be widely used at public charging stations, EV fleet parking lots and highway service stations to charge personal e-vehicles as well as some minibuses and EVs used for logistics. With this high power DC fast charger compliant with GB standard, of which the rated power is up to 50kW, a 20-minutes charging could give a normal electric vehicle enough power to drive another 100 km.

The launch of the Terra 53 Z DC fast charger turns the Terra 53 series into the world's first DC fast charging solution to offer specific types complying with the three main stream charging standards: SAE Combo, CHAdeMo and China GB. The Terra 53 series has been applied in several overseas projects including the country-wide EV charging network in the Netherlands which will be completed in 2015.

In addition to launching the localized DC fast chargers, ABB has decided to install electric vehicle charging equipment at selected offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen to facilitate charging for local staff who drive electric vehicles. Furthermore, ABB will incorporate electric vehicles into its company fleet, demonstrating full support for green transportation in China.

Government stimulus policies, improved sense of environmental protection among the public as well as the increasing maturity of EV and charging technologies greatly contribute to the huge market potential in China. The fast-growing market has pushed ABB to constantly bring its leading charging technology into China and continuously improve the business.

Since 2010, ABB has started to work with the local partners and governments on pilot projects. Earlier this year, ABB and Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd signed a strategic cooperation to supply DC fast charging wallboxes over the next six years. The wallboxes are customized especially for the DENZA electric vehicle and will be sold through DENZA's distribution network.

In 2013, ABB began setting up a local team to lead the development of electric vehicle charging business, covering research and development, production, logistics and services. Step by step ABB will localize other types of DC chargers using China's GB standard and localize production in Shenzhen.

With its leading and comprehensive DC fast charging solutions, ABB is determined to work with China customers and partners to continuously support the construction of China's electric vehicle charging infrastructure as well as the implementation of electric vehicles-helping to power the quick development of green transportation with smart technology.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 37 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 109 cities.

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