ABB has partnered with Bulgaria’s largest electric vehicle (EV) firm to extend the country’s vehicle charging network.

eMobility International’s network is planned to include all major roads and highways in Bulgaria by early 2018.

Fast chargers now cover the international routes from Sofia to the Greek border, ABB said, with 15 existing installations at key points including Sofia, Varna, Veliko Turnovo, Blagoevgrad, Sandanski, Rakovski, Stara Zagora, Liubumetz and Bourgas.

For the expansion, 15 additional charging stations are planned.

ABB said its Terra 53 CJG charging station offers compatibility with all-electric vehicles on the Bulgarian market, using the CHAdeMO, CCS and Type 2 AC standards. It provides charging cycles between 15 and 60 minutes depending on the capacity of the car battery.

The single, dual or triple outlet 50 kW fast charging station can operate in difficult climate conditions from -35°C to 55°C, the company added.

Remote condition monitoring and remote troubleshooting are also featured. ABB said it is able to diagnose more than 90 per cent of the service cases remotely, solving over 60 per cent without any site intervention in the past two years.

The company said its charging technology is ideal for use at highway rest stops, petrol stations, car dealerships and busy urban areas such as public parking lots.

Stefan Spassov, CEO of eMobility International, said his firm had chosen to work with ABB because, in addition to reliability, they offer remote support “which is crucial for our business”.