A charge is in the air - Smart Technology NZ
A charge is in the air

A charge is in the air

Third-generation charging stations are changing the face of electric vehicle charging as the number of EVs on New Zealand’s roads continues to grow.

Words by Justin Foote

As with many of our ‘modern’ technologies, you may be surprised to learn that electric vehicles actually have a much longer history than you might have thought with the first production electric car being built in London in 1884.

What followed is generally referred to as a ‘golden age’ of electric vehicles lasting until Henry Ford turned the automotive industry on its head when he introduced mass-produced internal-combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to a car-hungry populace in 1908.

While these mass-produced ICE vehicles generally put paid to electric vehicles, the latter hung in there making sporadic appearances on the global stage until 1996, when General Motors released the EV1, the first mass-produced, purpose-built modern electric car. While only 1000 cars were produced, the electric vehicle had, once again, entered the public consciousness.

Certainly, we cannot separate modern EVs from the name Tesla, which has done much to capture the imagination for such vehicles. To the point that other major vehicle manufacturers have announced electric models for imminent release. Jaguar, Mercedes, VW, Porsche— whose first car–the P1 from 1898–was electric, Volvo and Audi all have EV models in production.

There’s no doubt the industry is on board but it’s not just the cars that need to be revolutionised; so too does the infrastructure, says Ewan Morris, Managing Director of ABB New Zealand.

“All facets of the automotive industry globally will be working towards becoming carbon neutral over the next couple of decades and that requires governments and industry around the world to progress the EV infrastructure to match that shift.”

ABB New Zealand Managing Director Ewan Morris (left) and Audi New Zealand General Manager Dean Sheed have signed an agreement to install a number of Terra HP Chargers for public use at Audi dealerships across New Zealand.

EV charging: ABB solutions for every application

Doing its part to facilitate change, ABB has introduced a number of EV chargers for domestic and public use including the new Terra HP Charger, a third-generation, modular charger designed to accommodate fleet operations and public corridor applications

“Studies show that up to 80 per cent of all EV charging will be done domestically but that still leaves 20 per cent within the public realm, which means the infrastructure needs to be in place to ensure fast, efficient charging can be carried out at designated charging stations,” says Ewan.

“The ABB Terra HP Chargers, represent some of the highest power chargers in New Zealand, designed using higher voltages and currents to be able to charge vehicles with high-capacity batteries in a reasonable time. For example, these high-power charging units, rated at 175 kW, can charge an Audi e-tron up to 80 per cent in less than 40 minutes.

“ABB’s HP chargers utilise a modular power cabinet design, which allows customers to upgrade their chargers to higher output powers. This provides customers with a scalable solution allowing them to increase power in a cost-efficient manner as the demand for EV charging increases over time.

“Additionally, all ABB chargers are ‘smart chargers’ using open communication protocols that enable demand response functionality, which helps ensure the EVs don’t overload the electricity network at times of peak demand and that network stability is maintained.”

ABB’s 175 kW DC fast power charger is designed for urban applications, retail and refuelling spaces.

EV Charging: ABB getting New Zealand up to speed

The NZTA-approved goal is to have a rapid charger every 75km along New Zealand’s main highway network. Currently, there are around 500 public charging stations across the country, from those offering rapid DC chargers, to those with AC destination charging points, such as those you’ll find in parking buildings and shopping centres or other places where you’re likely to be parked for a longer period of time.

As the uptake of EVs increases, what is required from an infrastructure perspective?

“As a country, we need to ensure that our homes, offices and commercial buildings are EV ready and we need to provision for the expected future demand of charging,” says Ewan.

“The Building Code should be updated to require every new home and commercial building with dedicated parking spaces to install EV chargers. It’s significantly cheaper to install a residential charger upfront compared to retrofitting one later and therefore mandating the installation of EV chargers in new builds will save hundreds of millions of dollars over a decade.

“Additionally, we need to keep adding DC fast chargers at key locations across the country in keeping with the NZTA’s goal. There is reasonable geographical coverage at the moment but many of these are single-unit sites and we need to increase the number of multiple-unit sites if we are to avoid the inevitable long queues and long waiting times as more and more of us make the switch to an electric vehicle.”

Click here to watch ABB New Zealand Managing Director Ewan Morris and Audi New Zealand General Manager Dean Sheed being interviewed about their recent agreement to install a number of Terra HP Chargers for public use at Audi dealerships across New Zealand.

Learn more about EV charging solutions available for your next commercial, publc or residential project.

Recommended reading
All
Projects
Products
Professionals
Articles
A charge is in the air

A charge is in the air

Third-generation charging stations are changing the face of electric vehicle charging as the number of EVs on New Zealand’s roads continues to grow.

Words by Justin Foote

As with many of our ‘modern’ technologies, you may be surprised to learn that electric vehicles actually have a much longer history than you might have thought with the first production electric car being built in London in 1884.

What followed is generally referred to as a ‘golden age’ of electric vehicles lasting until Henry Ford turned the automotive industry on its head when he introduced mass-produced internal-combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to a car-hungry populace in 1908.

While these mass-produced ICE vehicles generally put paid to electric vehicles, the latter hung in there making sporadic appearances on the global stage until 1996, when General Motors released the EV1, the first mass-produced, purpose-built modern electric car. While only 1000 cars were produced, the electric vehicle had, once again, entered the public consciousness.

Certainly, we cannot separate modern EVs from the name Tesla, which has done much to capture the imagination for such vehicles. To the point that other major vehicle manufacturers have announced electric models for imminent release. Jaguar, Mercedes, VW, Porsche— whose first car–the P1 from 1898–was electric, Volvo and Audi all have EV models in production.

There’s no doubt the industry is on board but it’s not just the cars that need to be revolutionised; so too does the infrastructure, says Ewan Morris, Managing Director of ABB New Zealand.

“All facets of the automotive industry globally will be working towards becoming carbon neutral over the next couple of decades and that requires governments and industry around the world to progress the EV infrastructure to match that shift.”

ABB New Zealand Managing Director Ewan Morris (left) and Audi New Zealand General Manager Dean Sheed have signed an agreement to install a number of Terra HP Chargers for public use at Audi dealerships across New Zealand.

EV charging: ABB solutions for every application

Doing its part to facilitate change, ABB has introduced a number of EV chargers for domestic and public use including the new Terra HP Charger, a third-generation, modular charger designed to accommodate fleet operations and public corridor applications

“Studies show that up to 80 per cent of all EV charging will be done domestically but that still leaves 20 per cent within the public realm, which means the infrastructure needs to be in place to ensure fast, efficient charging can be carried out at designated charging stations,” says Ewan.

“The ABB Terra HP Chargers, represent some of the highest power chargers in New Zealand, designed using higher voltages and currents to be able to charge vehicles with high-capacity batteries in a reasonable time. For example, these high-power charging units, rated at 175 kW, can charge an Audi e-tron up to 80 per cent in less than 40 minutes.

“ABB’s HP chargers utilise a modular power cabinet design, which allows customers to upgrade their chargers to higher output powers. This provides customers with a scalable solution allowing them to increase power in a cost-efficient manner as the demand for EV charging increases over time.

“Additionally, all ABB chargers are ‘smart chargers’ using open communication protocols that enable demand response functionality, which helps ensure the EVs don’t overload the electricity network at times of peak demand and that network stability is maintained.”

ABB’s 175 kW DC fast power charger is designed for urban applications, retail and refuelling spaces.

EV Charging: ABB getting New Zealand up to speed

The NZTA-approved goal is to have a rapid charger every 75km along New Zealand’s main highway network. Currently, there are around 500 public charging stations across the country, from those offering rapid DC chargers, to those with AC destination charging points, such as those you’ll find in parking buildings and shopping centres or other places where you’re likely to be parked for a longer period of time.

As the uptake of EVs increases, what is required from an infrastructure perspective?

“As a country, we need to ensure that our homes, offices and commercial buildings are EV ready and we need to provision for the expected future demand of charging,” says Ewan.

“The Building Code should be updated to require every new home and commercial building with dedicated parking spaces to install EV chargers. It’s significantly cheaper to install a residential charger upfront compared to retrofitting one later and therefore mandating the installation of EV chargers in new builds will save hundreds of millions of dollars over a decade.

“Additionally, we need to keep adding DC fast chargers at key locations across the country in keeping with the NZTA’s goal. There is reasonable geographical coverage at the moment but many of these are single-unit sites and we need to increase the number of multiple-unit sites if we are to avoid the inevitable long queues and long waiting times as more and more of us make the switch to an electric vehicle.”

Click here to watch ABB New Zealand Managing Director Ewan Morris and Audi New Zealand General Manager Dean Sheed being interviewed about their recent agreement to install a number of Terra HP Chargers for public use at Audi dealerships across New Zealand.

Learn more about EV charging solutions available for your next commercial, publc or residential project.

Recommended reading
All
Projects
Products
Professionals
Articles
A charge is in the air

A charge is in the air

Third-generation charging stations are changing the face of electric vehicle charging as the number of EVs on New Zealand’s roads continues to grow.

Words by Justin Foote

As with many of our ‘modern’ technologies, you may be surprised to learn that electric vehicles actually have a much longer history than you might have thought with the first production electric car being built in London in 1884.

What followed is generally referred to as a ‘golden age’ of electric vehicles lasting until Henry Ford turned the automotive industry on its head when he introduced mass-produced internal-combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to a car-hungry populace in 1908.

While these mass-produced ICE vehicles generally put paid to electric vehicles, the latter hung in there making sporadic appearances on the global stage until 1996, when General Motors released the EV1, the first mass-produced, purpose-built modern electric car. While only 1000 cars were produced, the electric vehicle had, once again, entered the public consciousness.

Certainly, we cannot separate modern EVs from the name Tesla, which has done much to capture the imagination for such vehicles. To the point that other major vehicle manufacturers have announced electric models for imminent release. Jaguar, Mercedes, VW, Porsche— whose first car–the P1 from 1898–was electric, Volvo and Audi all have EV models in production.

There’s no doubt the industry is on board but it’s not just the cars that need to be revolutionised; so too does the infrastructure, says Ewan Morris, Managing Director of ABB New Zealand.

“All facets of the automotive industry globally will be working towards becoming carbon neutral over the next couple of decades and that requires governments and industry around the world to progress the EV infrastructure to match that shift.”

ABB New Zealand Managing Director Ewan Morris (left) and Audi New Zealand General Manager Dean Sheed have signed an agreement to install a number of Terra HP Chargers for public use at Audi dealerships across New Zealand.

EV charging: ABB solutions for every application

Doing its part to facilitate change, ABB has introduced a number of EV chargers for domestic and public use including the new Terra HP Charger, a third-generation, modular charger designed to accommodate fleet operations and public corridor applications

“Studies show that up to 80 per cent of all EV charging will be done domestically but that still leaves 20 per cent within the public realm, which means the infrastructure needs to be in place to ensure fast, efficient charging can be carried out at designated charging stations,” says Ewan.

“The ABB Terra HP Chargers, represent some of the highest power chargers in New Zealand, designed using higher voltages and currents to be able to charge vehicles with high-capacity batteries in a reasonable time. For example, these high-power charging units, rated at 175 kW, can charge an Audi e-tron up to 80 per cent in less than 40 minutes.

“ABB’s HP chargers utilise a modular power cabinet design, which allows customers to upgrade their chargers to higher output powers. This provides customers with a scalable solution allowing them to increase power in a cost-efficient manner as the demand for EV charging increases over time.

“Additionally, all ABB chargers are ‘smart chargers’ using open communication protocols that enable demand response functionality, which helps ensure the EVs don’t overload the electricity network at times of peak demand and that network stability is maintained.”

ABB’s 175 kW DC fast power charger is designed for urban applications, retail and refuelling spaces.

EV Charging: ABB getting New Zealand up to speed

The NZTA-approved goal is to have a rapid charger every 75km along New Zealand’s main highway network. Currently, there are around 500 public charging stations across the country, from those offering rapid DC chargers, to those with AC destination charging points, such as those you’ll find in parking buildings and shopping centres or other places where you’re likely to be parked for a longer period of time.

As the uptake of EVs increases, what is required from an infrastructure perspective?

“As a country, we need to ensure that our homes, offices and commercial buildings are EV ready and we need to provision for the expected future demand of charging,” says Ewan.

“The Building Code should be updated to require every new home and commercial building with dedicated parking spaces to install EV chargers. It’s significantly cheaper to install a residential charger upfront compared to retrofitting one later and therefore mandating the installation of EV chargers in new builds will save hundreds of millions of dollars over a decade.

“Additionally, we need to keep adding DC fast chargers at key locations across the country in keeping with the NZTA’s goal. There is reasonable geographical coverage at the moment but many of these are single-unit sites and we need to increase the number of multiple-unit sites if we are to avoid the inevitable long queues and long waiting times as more and more of us make the switch to an electric vehicle.”

Click here to watch ABB New Zealand Managing Director Ewan Morris and Audi New Zealand General Manager Dean Sheed being interviewed about their recent agreement to install a number of Terra HP Chargers for public use at Audi dealerships across New Zealand.

Learn more about EV charging solutions available for your next commercial, publc or residential project.