Liquid-cooled EV charging station launches in Australian first

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Image: L-R EV Infrastructure Solutions for ABB in Australia Steve Amor, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosia, Electrification Products Division Manager for ABB in Australia David Sullivan and Charging Manager for Chargefox Evan Beaver

EV network Chargefox has partnered with ABB, launching Australia’s first liquid-cooled EV chargers in Euroa, Victoria.

Chargefox plans to build a government-backed network of electric vehicle stations connecting major cities in Australia to make long trips feasible for those with electric vehicles.

The site in Euroa, Victoria on the Hume Highway some 160km north-east of Melbourne and features two of ABB’s most technologically advanced high-speed chargers, the Terra HP.

The 350kW Terra HP charging stations are the first with liquid-cooled cables to be installed in Australia and are capable of delivering up to 400km of range in 15 minutes, making them the fastest of any charger currently deployed across the country.

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The Chargefox ultra-rapid network will extend to a total of 21 sites to be launched before 2020.

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Managing director for electric vehicle charging infrastructure at ABB Frank Muehlon said the company is proud to collaborate with Chargefox and its partners on this innovative venture.

“Australia has set itself some ambitious carbon reduction targets and we are delighted that our pioneering charging technology can assist in driving the increased adoption of electric vehicles and the resultant benefits for the environment,” he said.

ABB’S Terra HP chargers employ the CCS charging format, one of the main industry standards. They can also support the CHAdeMO DC fast charging standard enabling them to charge all electric vehicles available on the market today and those soon to be released onto the local market.

The Terra HP also benefits from the ABB Ability Connected Services digital networking suite portfolio, linking the charging station to payment platforms and smart grid systems. The cloud-based ABB Ability connection also enables smart trip planning for travellers by indicating where the next recharge stop will be.

ABB Ability delivers web-enabled connectivity that allows e-mobility charging network operators to perform remote monitoring, remote diagnosis, remote upgrade, online payment and energy management, while ensuring high levels of safety and availability of the charging service.

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