A European project aims to test out and standardise EV charger technologies for electric vehicles.
The €18.8m eCharge4Drivers project brings together 32 of Europe's e-mobility organizations, with ABB, Robert Bosch, BMW, Volvo and Fiat alongside a number of leading universities. This is partly a response to the fragmented networks of chargers and power technologies across Europe.
Pilot demonstrators are due to start in the second half of 2021 in 10 regions across Europe, including metropolitan areas and Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) corridors. ABB will supply multiple chargers for use in the majority of the pilot areas to develop and test new technologies which improve the charging experience.
“ABB’s unrivalled expertise in electrification, and its global leadership in e-mobility and digital technology will play a vital role in driving the European Union’s shift to sustainable transportation and a zero-emission future for all,” said Frank Muehlon, the Head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions.
ABB will develop scalable EV chargers for the demonstration with new functionalities such as large digital displays with customizable, user-friendly interfaces. The modular chargers can be expanded according to usage and will be carried across demo sites in containers. The chargers will use ABB’s Dynamic DC sharing technology, which supports power sharing across multiple charging points, enabling high power charging for high performance vehicles as needed.
The charging stations and all other peripheral equipment will support the ISO 15118 Plug & Charge features, creating a standardized ecosystem for the transfer of information and enabling interoperability to increase the usability and efficiency of the chargers. The chargers will have a site power manager and all energy measurements will be in accordance with the European Measurement Instruments Directive (MID). Users will have several payment options, including credit cards and smartphones.