BMW dealership installs the fastest EV charger in the UK

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The Soper  dealership in Lincoln has installed two ultra-rapid ABB Terra 360 electric vehicle chargers that can provide 62 miles (100km) of range within three minutes.

“We’re excited that BMW drivers in Lincoln are the first in the UK to benefit from this latest charging technology. Each of our two Terra 360s can fully charge four high-performance BMW i7 EVs an hour. The new chargers are helping us maintain our position as a dealership that has always invested in the latest innovative technology,” said Andrew Tullie, principal dealer at Soper Lincoln BMW.

The Terra 360 units are dual-outlet units, meaning that two vehicles can charge simultaneously using the combined charging system (CCS) connection. CCS is the standard charging solution for BMW’s range of EVs.
By mid-2023, ABB will be releasing a four-outlet version of the Terra 360 to the UK to share power between up to four vehicles at once, meaning one unit will be able serve 90kW of power to four drivers simultaneously.

One of the Terra 360 units at Soper of Lincoln is on the dealership forecourt, while the other is dedicated to the 15-bay service workshop. To accommodate the new chargers, the dealership upgraded its grid connection to support the 560A needed for each charger to operate at full power. As of June 2022, under Part S of the Building Regulations, there are minimum standards for the number of chargers at residential and commercial developments. Electric Vehicle Smart Charge Point Regulations now make it essential for a utility to pause non-essential EV charging at times of peak power demand.

Joe Ellwood, EV Charging Product Specialist at ABB, said: “Importantly, this project is also acting as a pilot for other installations of the Terra 360 ultra-rapid charger. We’re already working on projects to install Terra 360 units elsewhere in the UK, so it’s exciting to see customers using this pioneering installation at the heart of the country,” said Joe Ellwood, EV charging product specialist at ABB.

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