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Poland progresses EV charging infrastructure

Petrol retailer PKN ORLEN is installing 150 fast electric charging stations, located within the country’s largest cities and on selected transit routes

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Phase one will be completed by the end of 2019, with 50 charging stations in place
Phase one will be completed by the end of 2019, with 50 charging stations in place

Polish petrol retailer PKN ORLEN is helping to speed up installation of the country’s electric charging infrastructure with an order of 150 fast charging stations. They will be located within Poland’s largest cities and on selected transit routes.


Under the agreement, ABB is to supply its latest multi-standard fast charger, Terra 54, the successor to the Terra 53. Phase one will be completed by the end of 2019, with around 50 fast-charging stations in operation.


Upgraded Terra charger


The petrol stations will receive Terra 54 chargers with power of 50 kW, which are able to charge a vehicle’s battery within 20-30 minutes (in case of direct current charging).


ABB has introduced a newer, upgraded version of the charger to meet users’ expectations and to adapt the model to future technical requirements that the European Union is planning to implement. The new model boasts a number of new and improved features such as brighter user displays (for clearer readability in direct sunlight) with more flexible customisation options, and optional CCV or Nayax payment terminals for use across different countries.

 

Terra 54 also sees the introduction of upgraded payment functionality, which means users only pay for the kWhs used.


“What makes the contract stand out from the previous projects of this type is the fact that it covers a wide range of maintenance services tailored to the individual requirements of the customer, as well as availability of constant technical support,” said Frank Muehlon, managing director for electric vehicle charging infrastructure at ABB.


The charger is triple-system, which means that it supports all the most popular types of adapters in Europe: CHAdeMO, CCS, Type 2 and is compatible with any EV.


Other new features on Terra 54 chargers include: better handling and more stable connector holders for all cable types; upgraded power electronics for improved reliability and long-term component availability; improved accessibility for service engineers. The chargers are also prepared for smart charging profiles and site load management.

"Investment in charging infrastructure is therefore necessary to ensure that drivers can travel freely and comfortably, and to promote new e-mobility technologies"

The Terra 54 also offers the additional benefit of ABB Ability connected services, the company’s advanced digital management solution. An ethernet-based interface that integrates with local applications for power management and charger status monitoring.

 

Chargers can be connected to back offices, payment platforms or smart grids systems while remote diagnostics, repair and over-the-air software updates minimize downtime and keeps running costs low.


“Today the vast majority of electric cars travelling on the roads of Europe and around the world are adapted to use chargers with a maximum power of 50 kW. Investment in charging infrastructure is therefore necessary to ensure that drivers can travel freely and comfortably, and to promote new e-mobility technologies," said Muehlon.

 

“Of course, there are also vehicles that may already require a higher charging capacity. In Switzerland, we have equipped a station with Terra High Power 350 kW super-fast chargers.

 

"We hope that over time similar solutions will become popular in Poland and see this agreement as the first sign that the e-mobility sector in Poland is maturing and developing in the right direction."


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