ABB supports utility’s expansion of fleet electrification in California

Utility fleet electrification programs are growing in support of diverse fleet needs, and ABB is there to build reliable, scalable high-power charging infrastructure

ABB has provided Southern California Edison (SCE), a leading utility based in Los Angeles, California, with electric vehicle charging systems that will serve Class 8 trucks at their Irwindale, California facility. A Class 8 electric truck can get 250 miles per charge while towing a 60,000-pound trailer.

These 175 kW high-power, high-voltage ABB charging systems can significantly reduce the time it takes to charge a large battery electric vehicle, such as a van or a truck, enabling routes to operate disruption-free. In addition to deploying the technologically advanced Terra HP chargers, ABB also provided commissioning services to support quick and efficient project startup.

SCE has been on the forefront of California’s electric vehicle transformation for many years to ensure vehicle electrification growth happens in balance with the grid. For more than a decade, SCE has supported the use of EVs through programs such as charging infrastructure deployment, vehicle rebates, attractive rate options for EV drivers and adoption of electric cars and trucks into their own vehicle fleet. SCE’s parent company, Edison International, recently published the 2030 goal to electrify 30 percent of their medium-duty vehicles and pickup trucks, eight percent of their heavy-duty trucks, and a full 100% of their passenger vehicles.

“ABB has been a leader in serving our utility customers with electrification technology for decades,” said Bob Stojanovic, Director of ABB’s EV Infrastructure business at ABB. “Southern California Edison has pioneered EV transportation for its customers for many years while building best practices that every utility can adopt. We’re excited to help them build reliable, scalable high-power charging infrastructure.”

While clean air efforts and climate goals are driving fleet electrification, the economics—particularly lower fuel and maintenance costs—are also making a strong case for the transition to zero-emission vehicles. McKinsey expects fleet EVs to have a total cost of ownership 15 to 25 percent less than that of equivalent ICE vehicles by 2030.

Daimler’s eCascadia Class 8 truck offers a look under the hood at SCE’s Irwindale California facility while charging up with an ABB Terra HP high power charging system. Photo courtesy of SCE.
Daimler’s eCascadia Class 8 truck offers a look under the hood at SCE’s Irwindale California facility while charging up with an ABB Terra HP high power charging system. Photo courtesy of SCE.

Deploying high-power charging infrastructure can serve more electric vehicles more quickly, as can interoperable charging protocols that work with every fleet vehicle. This future-proof strategy enables the highest utilization of EV infrastructure assets across fleet electrification programs.¹

ABB is a world leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, offering the full range of charging and electrification solutions for electric cars, electric and hybrid buses as well as for ships and railways. ABB entered the EV-charging market back in 2010, and today has sold more than 17,000 ABB DC fast chargers across over 80 countries.

ABB (NYSE: ABB) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

¹Footnote https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability/our-insights/charging-electric-vehicle-fleets-how-to-seize-the-emerging-opportunity#

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Melissa London

Electrification Media Relations, U.S

Melissa.london@us.abb.com

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