ABB Chargers To Boost Modernization of Japan’s EV Charging

August 20, 2020 by Antonio Anzaldua Jr.

With a charging power of 180kW, ABB’s next generation of electric vehicle (EV) DC fast chargers have been designed for future electric buses, trucks, and cars with the ability to charge three vehicles simultaneously.

ABB is a Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, operating mainly in robotics, power, heavy electrical equipment, and automation technology areas. With standard transportation accounting for 21% of all CO2-emissions, ABB is one of many EV-powered solution developers building for a future of emissions-free mobility.


ABB’s Terra 184 has an output voltage of 920 VDC, suitable for higher voltage EV models. Image used courtesy of ABB.
ABB’s Terra 184 has an output voltage of 920 VDC, suitable for higher voltage EV models. Image used courtesy of ABB.


ABB recently announced the next-gen of fast charging solutions, the Terra 184 EV chargers. These chargers have been selected by Japan’s e-Mobility Power Co., Inc, (eMP) to modernize the infrastructure for Japan’s electric vehicle market and accelerate the nation’s shift towards sustainable mobility. 


The Terra 184 EV Charger

The newly announced Terra 184 is part of ABB’s product line of DC fast chargers. Capable of handling future EV models with high voltage battery systems and the biggest take away is that it will produce charging power of 180kW. With standard 120V outlets an EV can charge at about 5 miles of range per hour; a Level 2 charger at 220/240V. The Terra 184 can provide a quick refill of 60-mile range in under 8 minutes of charge.


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DC fast charging systems can charge an EV in about 20-90 minutes at 50kW of rated power, and in less than 8 minutes with the Terra 184. Image used courtesy of ABB.


The Terra 184 charger offers consumers with continuous DC power of 184kW for one outlet while simultaneously providing 90kW for two separate outlets. As an added feature, there will also be a 22kW AC charging outlet for consumers’ convenience.

President of eMP, Shoko Yotsuyanagi, commented on the venture of producing Terra 184 chargers, “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.”

Terra 184 can also be connected via ABB’s unified, cross-industry, OCPP cloud-based ecosystem that extends from device to edge to the cloud. This allows EV charging network operators to produce deep insights and statistics on energy usage at the charger, site, and network level. Providing year-round monitoring to lend support to any EV driver that passes through and experiences the fast charging station. 


Charging In Japan and Around the World

We can expect to see these high-power, compact chargers installed across the world, starting in Japan. The Terra 184 will offer users quick and convenient charging options and will replace obsolete chargers. eMP plans to install chargers at popular retail stores, along highways, and other public places.

The Head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions, Frank Muehlon, shared his excitement for the next-gen DC fast chargers.

“The ABB Terra 184 chargers are the outcome of over a decade of expertise in EV charging solutions, and are designed to meet the needs of electric vehicles today and the potential of a fully electrified tomorrow,” Muehlon said.

The Terra 184 will be available direct from ABB in Europe approximately closer to the end of this year and it is expected to debut in North America shortly after. ABB’s Terra 184 offers a safe, smart, and sustainable charging solution that supports ABB Electrification’s Mission to Zero, a vision for a zero-emission reality for all.