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Iceland boosts fast-charging

The fast chargers can charge an electric vehicle in 15-30 minutes and are part of the country’s progressive e-mobility strategy

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There are reportedly more than 1,400 electric vehicles on the road in Iceland
There are reportedly more than 1,400 electric vehicles on the road in Iceland

ON Power, a subsidiary of Reykjavik Energy, has selected ABB to roll out 15 fast chargers to augment the country’s charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

 

The Terra multi-standard DC chargers type 53 CJG will be installed at various points along Iceland’s main highway and will be commissioned by the end of 2017. The public sector tender order has come into place through ABB’s channel partner, Johan Rönning.

 

ABB claims the fast chargers can charge an electric vehicle in just 15-30 minutes, featuring easy- to-read touch screen displays and graphic visualisation together with low operational noise. All chargers can be combined with comprehensive solutions for user authorisation, payment and network connectivity.

 

“We have chosen to invest in fast charger technology as part of our role in the green transformation of Iceland. Iceland’s electricity production is primarily based on sustainable energy. This is why it makes perfect sense for the transport sector to be a part of the electrification process,” said Jón Sigurðsson, business development manager, ON Power.

“It was important for us to find a supplier that would enable us to future-proof the charging network. The range of the Terra 53 CJG enables this, and via its open industry standards, also gives full flexibility with online remote access.”


Currently, there are reportedly more than 1,400 electric vehicles on the road in Iceland. This is partly due to a state-financed incentive programme, which supports the purchase of electric vehicles.

 

According to ABB, the tender for fast chargers is part of the country’s campaign to promote and expand Iceland’s e-mobility strategy by increasing the availability of flexible and robust charging stations along central locations of the national highway across the entire country.

 

“Iceland is a progressive country, which introduces new energy standards and makes use of the country’s sustainable energy resources to support its infrastructure,” added Frank Muehlon, head of global business for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, ABB.

 

“The advantages with this type of fast charger can be found in the multi-protocol design, which supports cloud-based technology. This gives ON Power access to real time data for the remote control and proactive control of the operation and technical status of the charging stations. This gives a fully flexible overview of the entire charging network.”

 

ABB claims to have delivered fast charger solutions as part of its contribution to promoting sustainable mobility since 2010 and has sold more than 5,000 e-vehicle fast chargers globally.

 

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