Lidl adopts ABB fast charging technology across Finland

ABB has delivered fast charging stations to the Lidl supermarkets in seven cities in Finland, including the capital Helsinki as well as to Lidl’s headquarters in the city of Espoo. By the end of the year, one further ABB fast charging station will be supplied so that Lidl shoppers can charge their cars at stores in eight cities across Finland.

The orders in Finland continue ABB’s delivery of fast charging stations to Lidl stores across Europe, with the company having already supplied more than 100 Terra fast charging stations to stores in Sweden, Germany, Holland, Belgium, England, Slovakia, Poland, France, Switzerland, Spain and Hungary.

ABB’s fast charging stations can deliver a full charge to electric car batteries in about 15–30 minutes, while the owner does their shopping. The stations can charge two electric cars at the same time and can accommodate both chargeable hybrids and fully electric cars, as well as all charging standards (CCS, AC Type 2 and CHAdeMO).

“Fast, convenient car charging while shopping is an added service for our customers. Charging points are a logical extension of our ongoing work to be even more environmentally responsible,” says Virpi Kaikkonen, Lidl’s director of properties and development.

The number of electric cars in Finland has grown steadily this year. In line with the Finnish government’s energy and climate strategy, the aim is to have 250,000 electric cars on the roads by 2030.

“Increasing the amount of clean traffic requires a widespread charging network. It is a pleasure to be involved in enabling smart, reliable and emission-free traffic for the future, one charging station at a time,” says Frank Mühlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging.

Fast charging stations are part of ABB Ability™, the company’s advanced digital management solution. The stations are simple to use: pick the right charging plug for the car, plug it in, select the charging method from the touchscreen, and it starts charging. The progress can be monitored from the charging station’s touchscreen, or via the vehicle’s smartphone app.

ABB Ability™ also delivers web-enabled connectivity that allows e-mobility charging network operators to perform several functions, including the remote monitoring and configuring of charge points, the resolution of driver issues, the servicing of equipment with minimal downtime and the flexibility to connect to any charging network, back-office, payment or energy management solution.

For added peace of mind, ABB Charger Care is also available for all ABB e-mobility charging products. Designed to minimize downtime, Charger Care provides a number of modules including proactive monitoring, preventative and corrective maintenance, training programs and software upgrades.

ABB, synonymous with electric-transportation breakthroughs during its 130-year history, has become a global leader in connected DC charging systems for electric vehicles. Approximately 7,000 ABB DC chargers are now installed in more than 67 countries, while ABB’s partnership with the FIA Formula E Championship is championing e-mobility for a sustainable future.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

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