Electric vehicles at Davos summit charged at ABB station
2011-01-28: ABB technology is charging the electric vehicles that are providing sustainable transportation to political and business leaders during their stay in the Swiss alpine resort of Davos this week, during the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.
Seven ABB charging units are installed in the overnight parking lots used to recharge the vehicles. In addition, two ABB charging stations in the center of town will keep a Nissan Leaf and a Renault Fluence Z.E. topped up with clean fuel and available for test drive.
ABB's AC charging station in action at Davos recharging a Nissan Leaf
The push for lower emissions, and for quieter and less polluted cities has prompted innovation in electric vehicles. ABB is developing a complete range of systems for charging the vehicles, whether they are parked at the home or office, or during short stops to recharge while on longer journeys.
ABB's AC charging stations in Davos provide clean fuel for electric vehicles
The range includes fast chargers that use direct current (DC) and low-voltage chargers that use alternating current (AC), such as those in Davos.
"The infrastructure needed to charge electric vehicles and to ensure the grid remains stable when their numbers increase is crucial to the success of this sustainable mode of transport," said Ulrich Spiesshofer, head of ABB's Discrete Automation and Motion division. "This is a priority area for ABB and will help to make power networks more efficient, flexible and reliable."
In January, ABB invested $10 million in ECOtality, a San Francisco-based developer of charging stations and power storage technologies, to enter North America's electric vehicle charging market.
The charging stations in Davos will stay in place for the duration of the WEF meeting, a gathering of more than 2,500 leaders representing business, government, civil society, academia and culture. A similar AC charging station has been permanently installed in Baden, Switzerland, for public use.
ABB's AC charging station in Baden
The AC station can fully charge an empty battery within 6 to 8 hours, while the DC fast-charge station can charge a vehicle within 15 to 30 minutes.
ABB's DC fast-charge technology was certified as fully compliant with the widely accepted CHAdeMO standard in 2010. It is now installed in a pilot scheme at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park in partnership with the China Light and Power utility company.
The speed of technological innovation is one of the topics under discussion at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, making ABB's contribution to the event topical as well as timely.