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Supermarket offers fast-charging

The store is installing ABB’s fast-charging stations across Europe

Charge and shop: ABB believes Lidl's roll-out of charging stations will inspire other retailers
Charge and shop: ABB believes Lidl's roll-out of charging stations will inspire other retailers

Lidl is continuing its roll-out of electric charging stations for vehicles with the installation of ABB’s Terra 53 CJG fast-charger at Barrandov, Prague. It includes a special ABB application that uses the capabilities of ABB Ability digital offering, allowing DC-based charging network monitoring and control.


This type of charging station has been installed at Lidl stores all over Europe. There are already more than 100 charging stations in operation in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Slovakia, Poland, France, Switzerland, Spain and Hungary.


“Lidl is taking the right direction, which will sooner or later inspire the whole retail market. Vehicle charging at large stores, shopping centres and office buildings will be increasingly popular,” explained Tanja Vainio, country managing director, ABB Czech Republic.


“An electric vehicle can be recharged while the driver is shopping or having a meeting. However, the stations need to become more powerful to shorten the charging time to the minimum possible and to adapt to customers’ needs.”


There are over 5,000 ABB charging stations globally and this includes up to 65 per cent of fast charging stations in Europe.


An important part of Lidl’s contract are ”Driver Care“ and “Charger Care” – packages of communication and charging station managing systems. With those applications, Lidl will be able to constantly monitor the parameters of its charging points, including the power consumption for each of them, or to calculate statistics over a defined period.


Frank Mühlon, head of ABB’s global EV charging infrastructure explained: “As a standard, our stations are connected to a dedicated cloud, allowing monitoring of the device in real time or conduct remote diagnostics. This also makes it possible to plan the maintenance properly to eliminate potential failures and to put in place an action plan within the shortest possible time.


“This significantly accelerates the entire maintenance and service process. Combined with an integrated predictive maintenance application on the Microsoft Azure platform, the system can respond before a failure impairs the quality of service. The reliability of the station’s quick operation is crucial in e-mobility.”


All processes of collecting and processing data from the station are a part of ABB Ability, which includes more than 180 digital solutions and services. These solutions can significantly improve ABB clients’ operational efficiency and productivity in a number of areas.



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