ABB unveiled its latest electric vehicle charger at the Hannover Messe industrial technology fair in Germany recently, and the tech is set to add up to 200 Km of range.

The Terra High Power charger is 350 kW and can add the extra kilometres with just eight minutes of charging, according to PV magazine. This, in effect, adds seven times more range in the same time than current models on the market.
ABB Terra High Power charger
The news will be welcomed by EV drivers with ‘range anxiety’, a fear that a battery will run out of power before the destination or a suitable charging point is reached.

The charger’s ultra-high current has the capacity to charge both 400V and 800V cars at full power and  is ideally suited for use at highway rest stops and petrol stations, however critics say there are currently not enough fast charging stations in operation to sustain the EV revolution, and battery degradation due to overheating is also a concern.

CleanTechnica reports that battery degradation is yet another criterion on the list for battery developers to satisfy, alongside energy density, thermal stability, charge cycle life and many others.

ABB said the charger has been selected for use by Electrify America, described as the biggest electric vehicle infrastructure project to date in the United States. This is an initiative to install electric vehicle chargers at more than 100 Walmart locations across 34 states next year.

Electrify America aims to invest a total of $2bn over the next 10 years in electric vehicle infrastructure and education.

Meanwhile in the UK, the EV industry is being frustrated by a delay in procuring a private sector fund manager – who would be tasked with raising the £200m of private investment stating that it wouldn’t begin until this summer.

The £400m Charging Investment Infrastructure Fund includes £200m of private investment. The scheme was one of several multi-million pound investments revealed in last year’s Autumn Budget and intended to support the growth of the ultra-low emission vehicle sector in the UK.

The British government had also pledged to provide £100m towards the Plug-in Car Grant and committed to electrifying 25% of cars in central government department fleets by 2022.

The delay in infrastructural development is further increasing the pressure on car manufacturers to transform fleets away from petrol and diesels in urban areas, within the context of a growing number of air quality zones

A written parliamentary answer by Robert Jenrick, a junior Treasury minister stated that “the Government is engaging with the private sector to ensure that it is set up in the most effective way”.