ABB, a company that specializes in electric vehicle power solutions, recently announced plans to build the world’s largest nationwide network of EV fast-charging stations in the Netherlands. Working in collaboration with Dutch startup Fastned, ABB will install more than 200 stations along Dutch highways over the next 3 years. When completed, ABB claims that none of the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants will be more than 31 miles away from the nearest EV charging station.
Every day more automakers announce plans to add electric vehicles to their line-up – however we’re still a long way from an EV revolution. Experts say that a big obstacle to the uptake of electric cars is range anxiety: the fear that there aren’t enough charging stations to accommodate long-distance trips. The infrastructure can’t be built in a couple of days – but ABB and Fastned are hoping it can be built in a couple of years.
“This countrywide network of locations will lay the basis for the commercially viable development of e-mobility,” said Bart Lubbers, one of Fastned’s founders. “I foresee a race towards faster charging and larger batteries throughout the car industry.”
Each of the 200+ planned stations will be equipped with several multi-standard fast chargers, such as the 50 kilowatt (kW) Terra 52 and Terra 53 models, which are capable of charging electric vehicles in 15-30 minutes. “Fast-chargers will be located a maximum of 50 kilometers apart along all highways, and because of ABB’s multi-standard design, the network will be capable of serving EVs offered by all major car brands from Europe, Asia and the USA,” explains a press release. “ABB’s open standards-based cloud connectivity solution allows Fastned to create a user-friendly payment and access service for all drivers.”
The first ABB Terra fast chargers are due to be delivered in September 2013. Construction of the Fastned stations, which will have solar canopies, is expected to be completed by 2015. When finished, the Netherlands will officially be the most populous country to roll out a nationwide fast-charging network.