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Niti Aayog office gets fast charging EV station from ABB

Team OD  /
16 Feb 2018 10:51:02 IST

The past year has seen the electric vehicle revolution in the country gather some serious steam. Electrification is suddenly the buzz word all round and was in fact the dominating theme at the recently concluded 2018 Auto Expo too. While automobile manufacturers have been quick to respond to the change and almost all manufacturers in the country are working on developing electric vehicles at a feverish pace already, suppliers of batteries, motors and charging equipment are working equally hard at developing future technologies. One such supplier is ABB (Asean Brown Boveri), the Swedish-Swiss MNC that is known for its heavy electrical equipment. ABB is pushing hard to be a part of the EV revolution in the country and has just installed its first fast charging electric vehicle station in New Delhi, in the office of the Niti Aayog. ABB is a name renowned globally when it comes EV charging and is in fact the title partner of Formula E, and is keen on entering the rapidly growing electric vehicle market in the country. The company has installed its Terra 53 fast charging station at the Niti Aayog's office in New Delhi to showcase its commitment to creating solutions for a sustainable future.

The ABB Terra 53 can charge an EV fully in just 30 minutes

Installation of the fast charging station was done by Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways. Niti Aayog is the government's arm spear heading the framework for the development of electric mobility in the country. ABB claims its 50kW fast charging station can charge an electric vehicle fully in just 30 minutes, which is a huge leap over what EVs would take until not very long ago. Its Terra 53 charger converts the AC current from the electrical grid to direct current (DC) used by electric vehicle batteries to charge them but also has the capability to charge EVs using AC charging. ABB says the charging station can also be linked to its digital networking suite portfolio called ABB Ability Connected Services which will connect the station to payment platforms and smart grid systems. Through the system, the operators using the charging station can thus remotely monitor the charging process too. The company claims it has installed over 6,000 such charging stations in more than 55 countries and is clearly looking at getting a head start in India as well.

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