PKN Orlen has signed a general agreement for the supply of ABB‘s next generation DC fast charging stations for electric cars, the Terra 54.

The order is part of a project which will see the installation of 150 fast charging stations for EVs located on selected transit routes across Poland and in its largest cities.

Through the agreement, ABB is to supply its latest multi-standard fast charger, Terra 54.

The scope includes design, installation and commissioning, as well as complete signage and approvals. PKN Orlen said in phase one, which will be completed by the end of 2019, around 50 fast-charging stations from three chosen suppliers, will operate.

“What makes the contract stand out from the previous projects of this type is the fact it covers a wide range of maintenance services tailored to the individual requirements of the customer, as well as availability of constant technical support,” said ABB electric vehicle charging infrastructure MD, Frank Muehlon.

“At ABB we constantly invest in ensuring proper maintenance of our devices and in the highest comfort and convenience for the end user.”

The petrol stations will receive Terra 54 chargers with power of 50kW, which are able to charge a vehicle’s battery within 20-30 minutes (in case of direct current charging).

The charger is triple-system, which means that it supports all the most popular types of adapters in Europe: CHAdeMO, CCS, Type 2 and is compatible with any EV.

ABB has introduced a newer, upgraded version to meet user expectations and to adapt the model to future technical requirements the European Union is planning to implement. The new model has a number of new features such as brighter user displays (for clearer readability in direct sunlight) with more flexible customisation options and optional CCV or Nayax payment terminals for use across different countries.

Terra 54 also sees the introduction of upgraded payment functionality, which means users only pay for the kWhs used.

Other new features on Terra 54 chargers include: better handling and more stable connector holders for all cable types; upgraded power electronics for improved reliability and long-term component availability; improved accessibility for service engineers. The chargers are also prepared for smart charging profiles and site load management.

The Terra 54 also offers ABB Ability connected services, the company’s digital management solution. An ethernet-based interface integrates with local applications for power management and charger status monitoring.

Chargers can be connected to back offices, payment platforms or smart grids systems while remote diagnostics, repair and over-the-air software updates minimise downtime and keeps running costs low.

“Today the vast majority of electric cars travelling on the roads of Europe and around the world are adapted to use chargers with a maximum power of 50 kW,” added Muehlon.

“Investment in charging infrastructure is therefore necessary to ensure drivers can travel freely and comfortably and to promote new e-mobility technologies.

“Of course, there are also vehicles that may already require a higher charging capacity. In Switzerland, we have equipped a station with Terra High Power 350 kW super-fast chargers. We hope over time similar solutions will become popular in Poland and see this agreement as the first sign the e-mobility sector in Poland is maturing and developing in the right direction.”

ABB offers a range of charging solutions for electric cars, electric and hybrid buses as well as electrification solutions for ships and railways. ABB entered the EV-charging market in 2010, and today has a global installed base of 8,000 ABB DC chargers, including high power chargers up to 350 kW, installed across 68 countries.