ABB has launched a connected AC charger for electric vehicles (EVs) in the home.
The Terra AC wallbox is available in up to 22kW variants to ensure compatibility with the electrical system of homes and buildings across the world. It also includes a high accuracy revenue grade energy meter that can be integrated with smart building energy management systems for load management. This enables home and business owners to adjust the power of assets as needed to maximize charging power and cost efficiency.
The EV charger has multiple connectors available such as CCS2, CHAdeMO and Type 42 to make it compatible with the majority of EVs, using the experience from ABB’s commercial charger systems.
“The trends of urbanization, digitalization and industrialization all converged to necessitate a significant shift in the way we travel. Already leading the DC fast charging market, we recognized the need to draw on our extensive experience to develop a game changing AC solution for overnight or longer duration charging in homes and businesses,” said Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions.
“The Terra AC wallbox represents exactly that; easy to install and use, it will integrate seamlessly with the digital lifestyle of today’s consumers, allowing them to efficiently manage their energy usage and contribute to a greener society for today and future generations.”
The Terra AC wallbox connects to ABB’s cloud service via WiFI, Bluetooth or Ethernet for configuration and software updates via a dedicated App or remotely via the cloud, minimizing the need for onsite intervention. Authentication is via RFID.
Current limiting protection on the EV charger allows maximum charging power without nuisance tripping, and there is integrated ground fault and overvoltage protection protects both user and car.
The Terra wallbox will be available in select markets, including Europe, over the coming months and available globally by May 2020.