Japanese utilities select ABB to modernise EV charging infrastructure


Japanese utilities Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings and Chubu Electric Power have selected ABB to modernise electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

The Japanese utilities, through their joint venture e-Mobility Power (eMP), have selected ABB’s newly launched Terra 184 EV chargers.

To modernise the EV charging infrastructure, eMP will replace obsolete chargers with more than 250 Terra 184 units at stores located on the roadside, along highways and other public places.

The high-power, compact chargers will be installed across the country to offer users quick and convenient charging options. Reducing charging congestion and increasing accessibility to charging stations will encourage the adoption of EVs.

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To date, over 250,000 fully electric or plug-in hybrid cars have been sold in Japan with 7,000 high power chargers (20kW) and 18,000 chargers (3~6kW) currently in operation.

The project is part of a broader push in Japan to increase the share of EVs and plug-in hybrids to between 20-30% by 2030, from just 1% in 2018.

The chargers have the ability to charge up to two electric vehicles simultaneously.

Frank Muehlon, the head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions, commented: “TEPCO, eMP’s main shareholder led the development of the CHAdeMO charging standard which started the e-mobility revolution. We are therefore highly honored to have been selected by e-Mobility Power Co. as Japan works to transition to a new and sustainable mobility future.”

Shoko Yotsuyanagi, the president of eMP, commented: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with ABB to introduce high power fast chargers that allow simultaneous charging of two vehicles and are controlled and maintained remotely through OCPP, an international standard protocol. It is a major step forward in achieving eMP’s mission.”

The chargers can be connected via ABB Ability cloud platform for centralised control and fast service for software updates and maintenance, vital for the rapid deployment of EV charging infrastructure.