ABB E-mobility introduces A400 charger

ABB E-mobility introduces A400 charger

Designed for the end-user, the A400 charger is meant to tackle issues of high complexity, low reliability and low return on investment.

Global EV charging solutions company ABB E-mobility is introducing its new A400 All-in-One charger, which it says offers high power density with a small footprint. Additionally, ABB says the A400 addresses issues including lack of reliability, complex charging experiences for drivers and insufficient return on investment (ROI), which the company believes hinder owner/operators, fleets and large scale deployment of charging infrastructure. ABB tells us the A400 addresses these challenges by introducing innovations in these three problem areas: an end-user centric experience design, industrialized modularity and system engineering, and a telecom-level approach to asset management.

ABB says it focused on achieving the highest charging success rates possible when designing the A400. The company tells us it reduced friction points between car, charger and payment systems to promote a seamless experience from arrival to charging completion. The user interface is displayed on a 32-in. screen.

ABB says the A400 also has cloud-based asset management toolchain, making it possible to manage charging assets at a high level. The A400 comes with 24/7 asset management service-level agreements (SLAs) that target 98% charging success rates, as well as 97% uptime and fast service response times.

A400 specs:

  • Two charging ports that can provide 200kW of continuous charging power to two vehicles, or up to 400kW for a single vehicle, and compliant with all applicable governmental requirements and funding parameters in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Silicon carbide power modules arranged in modular 100 kW blocks, allow two vehicles to be charged simultaneously in 50 kW increments to ensure that only the required power is drawn, and less unsold capacity remains.
  • Two-phase cooling technology (liquid to vapor to liquid) into a charging connector capable of up to 600 amperes of peak current. This technology is more reliable and efficient, according to ABB, with lower maintenance cost than traditional liquid cooled cable solutions.
  • Payment flow integrated into the charger’s user interface eases payment transactions and eliminates one of the main causes for low charging success rates: a lack of interoperability with third-party payment systems.
  • Lean design and modularization lead to fewer parts, enable extensive subsystem testing, facilitate system durability, maintenance and repair.
  • A compact footprint with maximally optimized airflow.
  • Faster service response time through performance-based SLAs based on a new asset management toolchain.
  • Designed for a 10-year product lifetime.

“Charging networks constitute a mission-critical transport infrastructure on the way to an energy-efficient and climate-neutral mobility era,” said Michael Halbherr, chief executive officer of ABB E-mobility. “The A400 has been designed from the ground up as a system for the reliable and cost-effective delivery of energy, enabling our customers to operate their network at the highest level, and achieving their desired economic outcome.”

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