The Swedish-Swiss engineering company ABB has unveiled the world’s fastest charger for electric vehicles. It was named Terra 360, where the number indicates power – 360 kilowatts. Up to four “battery” cars can be connected to it at the same time, and it will take no more than 15 minutes to fully charge the battery regardless of the model, the developers promise.
The Terra 360 will be able to refill the range of any electric vehicle by 100 kilometers in less than three minutes. According to ABB’s plans, by the end of this year, the first ultra-fast charging terminals will appear in Europe, and in 2022 – in the USA, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.
ABB, or Asea Brown Boveri, started charging for “battery” cars back in 2010 – and since then has sold 406 thousand devices in more than 88 countries. ABB calls its latest development the most powerful, but back in 2019, the oil and gas company Repsol installed a 400 kilowatt station in the Spanish province of Vizcaya. The estimated time for a full charge from such a terminal is up to 10 minutes, but none of the serial electric cars still supports this power.
Terra 360 from ABB is closer to the current indicators. For example, the Genesis GV60 electric car takes 350 kilowatts, as well as the soplatform Hyundai Ioniq 5 and KIA EV6. Ditto for the Cadillac Lyriq SUV with its innovative Ultium battery, which will be shared with other GM-controlled electric models.