ABB and Shell plan fast-charger network in Germany

ABB E-Mobility and Shell plan to set up the first Germany-wide charging network with ABB’s Terra 360 fast-charging station. More than 200 charging stations, each with a capacity of up to 360 kW, are to be put into operation over the next twelve months. Later, other countries are to follow.

In September 2021, ABB introduced the Terra 360, capable of charging up to four vehicles simultaneously and powerful enough for charging not only cars and vans but also trucks. The first examples went into operation in Norway at the beginning of May.

When it was unveiled last year, ABB said the fast-charging station was particularly suited to petrol stations, shops, and shopping centers but could also be installed on commercial sites owned by businesses.

Thanks to the high power level, the Terra 360 is also suitable for fleet operators of commercial vehicles. While the commissioning in Norway still took place at a shopping center, among other sites, this is now also happening at petrol stations.

200 charging columns

Over the next twelve months, Shell plans to install 200 ABB Terra 360 charging columns at its own filling stations in Germany. However, the two companies have not yet revealed exactly which locations will be equipped with the new charges.

István Kapitány, Global Executive Vice President of Shell Mobility, said: “At Shell, we aim to be the leader in EV charging by offering our customers charging when and where it is convenient for them. For drivers on the go, particularly those on long journeys, charging speed is key, and every minute of waiting can make a big difference to their journey.”

“For fleet owners, speed is essential for top-up charging during the day that keeps EV fleets moving. We are pleased to offer our customers the fastest charging available through our partnership with ABB, first in Germany and soon in other markets, Kapitány added.

Global framework agreement

The new order comes as little surprise. Shell has also relied on ABB charging columns for some time. The Swiss-Swedish company also announced just last month that it had signed a new global framework agreement with Shell to supply its entire portfolio of AC and DC charging stations.

The portfolio ranges from the AC wall box for home, work, or retail installations to the Terra 360, ideal for refueling stations, urban charging stations, retail parking, and fleet applications. Shell reportedly intends to operate 500 000 charging points worldwide by 2025. By 2030, this number is to increase to 2,5 million.

Frank Muehlon, CEO of ABB E-mobility, added: “As a global leader in EV charging infrastructure, we believe in the power of together. When innovation and collaboration come together, we can collectively contribute to mitigating the impacts of climate change and enable a lower carbon society.”

“With the transportation sector alone responsible for approximately 29 percent of total greenhouse gases globally, the importance of working collaboratively to drive change has never been more critical, and we are delighted to be partnering with Shell on this milestone launch.”

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