Swiss-Swedish automation and electrification giant ABB has launched a new electric vehicle wall charger for the Australian market.
With the global auto market set to shift to almost 60% electric vehicles by 2040, installation of AC electric vehicle (EV) chargers at home or work will soon become the norm for anyone wanting to future proof their assets.
ABB says its new Terra AC wall charger will provide a high quality, affordable and more importantly, connected solution for electric vehicle owners and property developers.
“The trends of urbanization, digitalisation and industrialization all converged to necessitate a significant shift in the way we travel,” David Sullivan, Head of ABB’s Electrification business in Australia, said in a note by email.
ABB is already a leader in electric vehicle DC fast chargers, and an avid advocate for the electric vehicle transition as the main backer for the FIA Formula E electric car racing series.
In Australia, it provided of the first ultra-fast vehicle chargers installed by the Chargefox network in Euroa, Victoria.
But according to Sullivan, the electrification multinational acknowledges the opportunity to reach the growing electric vehicle market not just on the highway, but also at home.
“Already leading the DC fast charging market, we recognised the need to draw on our extensive experience to develop a game changing AC solution for overnight or longer duration charging in homes and businesses,” says Sullivan.
It’s expansion into the Australian AC charging market will likely chalk ABB up as a household name for EV charging and sustainable mobility.
“The Terra AC wallbox represents exactly that; easy to install and use, it will integrate seamlessly with the digital lifestyle of today’s consumers, allowing them to efficiently manage their energy usage and contribute to a greener society for today and future generations,” says Sullivan.
With connection options including wifi, bluetooth and ethernet and small footprint that can be installed either on a wall or pedestal, the Terra AC wall charger offers features vital to the smooth integration of electric vehicles with the grid.
Most importantly, its load management capabilities and high grade energy meter mean that it is suitable for apartment and commercial building owners wanting to take a “smart building” approach to energy management.
A full list of features of the Terra AC wall charger are as follows:
- Broad range of connectivity options including Wifi, Bluetooth and Ethernet
- Space saving design enables seamless installation on a wall or pedestal, which can accommodate two chargers back-to-back
- With multiple connectors available, Terra AC wallbox is compatible with the majority of EVs
- Dustproof and water resistant in harsh weather conditions enhancing uptime and product lifetime
- Future-ready with simple software updated via the user App
- Simplified authentication via either RFID or the App provides flexibility for public-use case applications
- Integrates seamlessly with ABB’s complementary building automation solutions
- Evaluated and tested by independent third party to meet the highest standards
- Current limiting protection allows maximum charging power without nuisance tripping
- Integrated ground fault and overvoltage protection protects both user and car
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Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.