ABB unveils UK’s first EV rapid-charging station

Written by: Laura Hopperton | Published:
ABB unveils UK’s first EV rapid-charging station

The UK's first privately owned rapid-charging station for electric vehicles has been installed by power and automation specialist ABB.

The Terra 51 dc charger is said to reduce charging times from eight hours to between 15 and 30 minutes for an 80% top-up, and is currently the only rapid model that can connect to networks of other charging stations via the internet.

The charger was unveiled in Retford, Nottinghamshire last week by Transport Minister Norman Baker, who used the launch event to highlight the government's commitment to promoting ultra-low carbon transport.

He said: "We know there is public appetite out there for plug-in vehicles and we're doing everything possible to make them a real option for both motorists and industry. The installation of this charging station will make it easier and faster for EV owners to recharge away from home. There is no doubt that low-carbon vehicles are here to stay."

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