ABB builds global e-mobility R&D centre at TU Delft

December 09, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
ABB builds global e-mobility R&D centre at TU Delft
ABB's global e-mobility R&D centre at TU Delft will use digital twin copies of vehicles for testing the next generation of EV charger designs

Swiss power giant ABB is building a $10m global R&D centre in the Netherlands to develop the next generation of charging systems for electic vehicles.

The 3,600 m 2 facility is based on the Delft University of Technology campus in the Netherlands and will drive ABB’s future portfolio development, as well as R&D projects for EVs. In 2020 the University was ranked among the top 15 engineering and technology universities in the world.

Along with an investment of $30 million into a global Center of Excellence and production site for EV charging infrastructure, due to open next year in Italy, the facility in Delft underlines ABB’s plans to grow investments in sustaining its technology leadership.

“ABB has led the way in EV charging and is proud to have played a key role in driving adoption rates of electric vehicles across the world. That is why we wanted to locate our E-mobility Innovation Lab in Delft, in the heart of the university campus, where we are surrounded by the brightest tech talents and start-ups in the Netherlands,” said Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions.

The complex will house up to 120 specialists and marks the return of ABB’s EV charging business to the home of its conception. The students who founded Epyon, the EV charging start-up acquired by ABB in 2011, were former students from Delft University of Technology.

“Within ABB Electrification, we invest approximately $400 million per annum into R&D to ensure we remain at the forefront of technological leadership and set the standard when it comes to sustainable mobility. As part of this investment, we are focused on pushing the boundaries of e-mobility, predominantly in the areas of charging, storage and digitalization. The new lab will allow us to strengthen our collaboration with EV manufacturers to drive further performance and progress across the sector,” said Muehlon.

The E-mobility Innovation Lab has been fitted with the latest technology to ensure that ABB chargers are compatible with all


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