ABB installs electric car charge points at BP service stations

Swiss power and automation technology group ABB is joining forces with BP to install fast-chargers for electric vehicles at some service stations in the Netherlands as part of a trial.

The first two DC Terra systems, which can recharge a vehicle in 15-30 minutes, have been installed in the city of Utrecht and will be officially opened tomorrow. Another will follow in Rotterdam next month, followed by two more early next year.

The chargers will be operated by the Dutch group The New Motion and will initially be used by taxi operator Prestige GreenCab, which financed one of the chargers.

“We have to keep our 20 EVs operational throughout the day and can’t afford to wait eight hours for a battery to charge,” says CEO of Prestige GreenCab George Jansen. “Fast charging makes our business case work. That’s why we were keen to make a business deal with BP.”

Meanwhile, London’s first three on-street Source London charge points have been installed in Southwark, south of the river Thames.

The installations will form part of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s planned city-wide public recharging network. There are already around 238 charge points across London in shopping centres, supermarkets, airports and carparks.

Source London is managing the network, which drivers can join for a £10 annual membership fee to access all the charging point.

And in the US, retail giant Walmart has announced that it is to install ECOtality’s Blink pedestal electric vehicle chargers at selected stores in California, Oregon and Washington.

ECOtality will undertake the installations as part of The EV Project, which aims to put in place some 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 cities and metropolitan areas across the US.

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29 November 2011