ABB charging technology supports EV adoption in Japan


As part of a broader push in Japan to increase the uptake of EVs and plug-in hybrids, high-power, compact chargers from ABB will be installed across the country to offer users quicker and more convenient charging options.

ABB’s newly launched Terra 184 electric vehicle chargers have been selected by Japan’s e-Mobility Power Co., Inc, (eMP) to modernize the infrastructure for the country’s electric vehicle market and accelerate the nation’s shift towards sustainable mobility. Financial details of the order were not disclosed.

eMP is a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) and Chubu Electric Power, two of Japan’s biggest utility companies.

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.

To encourage the adoption of EVs, eMP is working to reduce charging congestion and increase accessibility to charging stations, allowing users to charge their vehicles, anytime and anywhere. To modernize the EV charging infrastructure, eMP will replace obsolete chargers with more than 250 Terra 184 units. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this autumn.

eMP will install the chargers at stores located on the roadside, along highways and other public places, offering users quick and easy access. With the ability to charge up to two electric vehicles simultaneously, ABB’s fast and compact Terra 184 chargers are ideal for Japan’s cities.

Frank Muehlon, 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.”

Terra 184 is the newest member of ABB’s best-selling Terra family of chargers and supports all charging standards on the market, including CCS, CHAdeMO and AC. With highly customizable features such as cable management systems, screens and credit card payment terminals, the Terra 184 delivers maximum charging convenience for a broad range of EV users.

Muehlon concludes: “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.”

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