ABB installs EV fast chargers in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Aug. 21, 2012 — ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently won an order from The Hongkong Electric Co., Ltd. (HK Electric) to supply 3 Terra 51 electric vehicle (EV) DC fast chargers. As one of the longest-established power companies in the world, HK Electric has a long record of providing an efficient and reliable electricity supply to its half a million customers on Hong Kong Island and Lamma Island. HK Electric has selected the car parks of Star Ferry, Stanley Plaza and Yue Wan Estate on Hong Kong Island to install the Terra 51. When installation is completed, these chargers can serve electric vehicles using CHAdeMO standard.

Dr. Ka Chun Hui, President of ABB (Hong Kong) Ltd. expressed, “with the excellent product, the integrated solution and the capability of service, ABB successfully showed its strong competence in this new area and brought confidence to our customer. We are very optimistic to achieve more success in the near future.”

Terra 51 is an easy-to-install DC fast charger with output power up to 50 kW. As an all-in-one electric vehicle charging solution, it is compatible with all electric vehicles using the global CHAdeMO standard and is the ideal choice when only a single vehicle needs to be charged at any given time. Depending on the size of EV batteries, a car can be charged by 80% in about 30 minutes. Terra 51 is highly suitable for business and commercial fleet owners, as well as light commercial vehicle fleet owners and utility infrastructure suppliers. Due to its aesthetic design and low noise level during charging, the Terra 51 can be installed centrally in the fleet yards or at petrol/gas stations.

As the world leader in EV faster charger, ABB was awarded Europe’s largest ever EV infrastructure deployment project early this year by Estonia, who will build a network of 200 EV fast-charging stations throughout the country. Every main road in Estonia will have one of the 200 DC-AC combo fast chargers installed approximately every 50 km. The project is to be completed by the end of 2012.

According to the Hong Kong government source, the total amount of Eves in Hong Kong has been increased from 74 in 2010 to 310 by April 2012. Hong Kong government has been a strong support to EV development, taking active involvement in the progress. Currently, there are 33 Eves of various models in the government fleet. In the coming months, another 42 Eves will be delivered to various government departments. The government also plans to procure more than 140 new EVs of different types in this financial year.

“In this May, Hong Kong International Airport declared to become the world most eco-friendly airport. They will upgrade their 1,000 vehicles to EV within 5 years, and around HKD 40M is planned to be invested on EV charge stations, most of which will be EV DC medium chargers plus DC fast chargers.

With more and more EVs running on the street, Hong Kong government also put lots of attention on EV charging infrastructure. By the end of June, 500 EV standard charge stations have been installed at government-operated car parks, and the total number has reached 1,000 in 18 districts. In addition to the standard charging facilities, the number of fast chargers will also be increased from 5 to 10 by the end of this year. Such charge network will facilitate not only the future development of EVs in Hong Kong but also enhance public confidence in using EVs.

ABB (www.abb.com) 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 145,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 18,300 employees, 35 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 80 cities.

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