ABB supports the construction of China’s largest electric vehicle charging station

Promotes development of new energy vehicles with advanced technology

Contributes to national efforts on energy conservation

Beijing, September 1, 2010 –ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has played a significant role in the construction of China’s largest ever electric vehicle charging station project, at the Shenzhen Universiade Center. ABB provided low voltage air circuit breakers and molded case breakers for the low voltage distribution cabinet in the charging station. It is the first time that ABB products have been deployed in an electric vehicle charging station project inside China.

Mr. Poh Cheng Gay, head of the Low Voltage Products Division, ABB North Asia and China, said, “We are delighted to have ABB’s low voltage products applied in China’s largest ever electric vehicle charging station. The development of electric vehicles is an important step for China’s energy conservation goals and the improvement of charging station equipment is a key advancement in promoting the use of electric vehicles. We hope to further contribute to China’s charging station constructions with our leading technology and rich experience in charging equipment and play an exemplary role in supporting the development of new energy vehicles. ”

Electric vehicle charging stations are similar to gas stations, as customers can recharge their electric cars using the charging poles. With high demands for safety and energy efficiency, the charging stations include distribution systems, charging systems, battery scheduling systems, and control systems.

The low voltage distribution cabinet, key equipment in the distribution systems, ensures the power supply for the power distribution lines and charging poles in the station. ABB circuit breakers within the low voltage distribution cabinet secure the safe operation of the distribution system. In emergency situations such as overload, short circuit, ground fault, power leakage, or fluctuation in voltage, the circuit breakers will cut off the circuit, isolating the damaged circuit and keeping other equipment out of danger. In addition, ABB’s wide range of circuit breakers can be applied to both DC and AC charging solutions to support existing DC and AC electric charging stations in the market.

As part of smart grid construction, ABB electric vehicle charging equipment can support the massive adoption of electric cars without destabilizing the power grid. So far, ABB has taken part in a number of charging projects around the world. For example, ABB has partnered with Volvo Group to provide a large number of charging poles with plugs and outlets for Volvo’s electric vehicle charging equipment.

At the International Geneva Motor Show 2010, ABB unveiled its DC and AC charging equipment and demonstrated its operation with some of the showcase cars. ABB’s DC fast-charging equipment is the company’s latest technical breakthrough revealed to the public for the first time. It is capable of providing a charge up to 100 kilowatts, allowing a recharge with more than a 100-kilometer range in less than 10 minutes.

Located to the west of Universiade venues in Longgang district, Shenzhen Universiade Center Electric Vehicle Charging Station can serve taxies, sedans, and buses, with space for 6 electric vehicles charging at the same time and a total charging capacity of 1,890kW. The charging station is the largest in China, covering 1,092 square meters and with an investment of RMB 10 million.

Electric vehicles are one of the strategic emerging industries identified by the China State Department, and an important aspect of China’s new energy strategy and smart grid development. Electric vehicles are also becoming a focus of China’s auto and energy industries. The construction of charging stations, a key step in electric vehicle development, is decisive for the fast adoption of electric vehicles. To date, many Chinese cities, including Shenzhen, have announced electric vehicle charging station projects.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 15,300 employees, 30 joint ventures and wholly owned companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 60 cities.

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