ON Power, a part of Reykjavik Energy, has signed a contract with ABB for the delivery and installation of 15 Terra multi-standard DC fast chargers type 53 CJG at various points along Iceland’s main highway.
The fast chargers will boost the country’s charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and will all be commissioned by the end of 2017
Today there are over 1,400 electric vehicles on the road in Iceland. This is partly due to a state-financed incentive program, which supports the purchase of electric vehicles. 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 EV charging stations along central locations of the national highway across the entire country.
The specified fast charger can charge an electric vehicle in just 15-30 minutes, featuring easy to read touch screen displays and graphic visualization together with low operational noise. All chargers can be combined with comprehensive solutions for user authorization, payment and network connectivity.
The order has come into place through ABB’s channel partner, Johan Rönning.
“Iceland is a progressive country, which introduces new energy standards and makes use of the country’s sustainable energy resources to support its infrastructure,” says Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure. “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,” he says, adding that the system is fully functional right down to temperatures of minus 35 degrees.
Johan Rönning’s Sales Director, Óskar Gústavsson, said: “We have had an excellent collaboration with ABB for many years, which has led to us winning this project. We are happy to assist in transforming Iceland’s transport sector into a more sustainable system.”
ON Power’s business development manager, Jón Sigurðsson added: “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. ON Power is a leading electricity company, and it was important for us to find a supplier that would enable us to future-proof the charging network. The range of the Terra53 CJG enables this, and via its open industry standards, also gives full flexibility with online remote access.”
ABB has delivered fast charger solutions as part of its contribution to promoting sustainable mobility since 2010 and has sold more than 5,000 EV fast chargers globally.