ABB tests fast charging in the Arctic Circle

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Fast-charging technology from ABB has undergone cold-weather testing at the Jaguar Land Rover Ice Academy in Arjeplog, Sweden.

The Terra 53 DC chargers were used to charge a Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race car, and were required to operate in sub-zero temperatures – outside of the technology’s normal operating range. The I-Pace eTrophy was being tested on a track on the edge of the Arctic Circle, and ABB’s technology was used to charge up the 90kWh battery.

“The ABB chargers at the Ice Academy are one of the most northerly of all charging infrastructure across Europe, and it is one of the most remote and coldest installations on the planet,” said Chris Crump, Southern Europe Operations team leader for JLR. “The stations have been designed to perform in extreme conditions from -35°C to 55°C.”

ABB is the official charging partner for the I-Pace eTrophy series, building on its work with the Formula E all-electric racing championship.

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