ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has installed some of the first EV fast-chargers in Singapore, bringing a fast and efficient solution for electric vehicle charging. Fast charging minimizes the time an EV is spent off the road charging. Furthermore, when part of a network, fast chargers alleviate owner anxieties regarding the distances that vehicles can cover.
"We believe that Singapore has the ideal eco-system for electric vehicles due to its compact size and modern infrastructure, as well as its aspirations to be one of the world’s leading future cities.
Electric vehicles reduce noise pollution and have zero emissions, and so contribute to a more sustainable and energy efficient city,” said Haider Rashid, head of ABB in Singapore.
“Fast-charging integrates well with our urban lifestyle by providing greater mobility and convenience, as EV drivers can charge their vehicles across the city at shopping malls, offices and other public places. Adding more fast chargers to the electric vehicle infrastructure in Singapore will also accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles,” he added.
ABB is a pioneer in intelligent charging solutions and has been involved in installations in over 30 countries, most notably in Estonia, the world’s largest ever EV infrastructure installation, where over 700 chargers have been installed in 2012 alone
Fast charging is based on DC supply, commonly used to charge products such as computers, mobile phones and smart devices. Such chargers can deliver approximately 80 percent capacity charge to electric vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf, in about 15 minutes, enabling cars to travel over 100 kilometers. Comparatively, a slower charger takes approximately 6 hours. Furthermore, ABB fast chargers are slimmer and take up less space – an important consideration for land scarcity.
ABB EV chargers are future-ready with a full range of connectivity features, including remote assistance, facility management, servicing, smart software upgradeability, and can be connected to any smart electricity distribution system or smart grid of the future.
The three fast-chargers at the Motor Image showroom in Toa Payoh, at the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Block S2 in Nanyang Technological University Campus, and at ABB Singapore headquarters in Ayer Rajah Crescent, are the latest additions to the existing charging network installed across the island.
ABB has also added two EVs to its fleet of service vehicles, which cover thousands of kilometers a year, and which will form part of the test-bed currently run by EMA and LTA in Singapore.