ABB announced that their Terra 23/53 range of fast chargers has successfully passed the new European certification process for DC fast chargers at Applus IDIADA, the independent certification house in Spain. The ABB multi-standard chargers are compliant with CHAdeMO 1.0, the CE standard and new industry guidelines for multi standard fast chargers.
The CHAdeMO 1.0 certification was carried out in March in Spain, immediately following the official inauguration of Applus IDIADA as the first independent certification house for fast charging in Europe. In parallel to the formal standards-certification by Idiada, the ABB chargers passed the individual vehicle verification testing with Japanese and European car manufacturers, including backward compatibility testing with CHAdeMO 0.9 vehicles.
An extensive certification and verification process is a fundamental requirement for fast charging in general and public fast charging in particular. CHAdeMO 1.0 and CCS functionality require several stricter standards to be met, for example, with respect to charger isolation and power quality. In multi standard chargers such requirements are especially important and therefore ABB’s chargers are immediately designed according to the MOCCA (Multi Outlet Charger Configuration Agreement) specification, a new industry guideline under development which governs the seamless and safe integration of multiple standards for fast charging into one single fast charger. This will ensure safety, technical architecture, functionality and usability to work in harmony when combining multiple outlets into one fast charger.
Wil van Gils (VP R&D of ABB EV Charging Infrastructure) said: “ABB has chosen to avoid rushing products to market and rather focus on pushing appropriate certification to ensure the necessary quality, reliability and safety for a professional EV charging network. We are very proud to be the first with Chademo 1.0 certification outside Japan and to be the first to have passed all relevant compliance verifications with European and Japanese cars”. Specifically on MOCCA he adds: “We have given full support to Idiada to co-develop the MOCCA specification as we are convinced that this is a key element for a successful rollout of public fast charging infrastructure”.
Immediately following the certification, ABB has released the Terra 23/53 multioutlet chargers for manufacturing and shipping, the first products have been installed and commissioned in the last week of March with lead customers. All chargers can be integrated in the existing ABB cloud network services to ensure that they meet the ABB requirements for product-quality, operational-uptime, serviceablity and user-experience.