ABB powers electric trucks for a future of sustainable road transport

Frank Muehlon

As a global leader in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, ABB extends its reach to support the electrification of heavy commercial vehicles

There are predictions that eTrucks could account for up to 15 percent of global truck sales by 2030*. Working to support this growth, ABB has developed a broad portfolio of charging solutions for heavy vehicles, ranging from 3 to 600kW.

Indeed, following 12 years of research and development, we offer an extensive range of internet-based charging products as part of the ABB Ability™ portfolio of connected solutions.

Supporting all global e-mobility charging standards, ABB chargers are designed to be highly durable, reliable, effective and long lasting, with in-built future proofing. Their modular construction ensures continued operation and the use of industry-grade components guarantee an extended lifetime and robust operation.

We have already witnessed a surge in demand for our connected chargers for both electric cars and buses, with more than 6,500 of our DC fast chargers installed globally. It is therefore very encouraging to see that this demand is now extending into the commercial sector.

OEM’s such as Volvo are leading the way in the electrification of freight transport, with the launch of the Volvo FL Electric, testament to their commitment to sustainable commercial travel. ABB is ideally placed to deliver the much-needed infrastructure, whether that be for depots and warehouses, at distribution centers or along the main highways, enabling long-haul charging along the most popular commercial routes.

The breadth of our charging solutions for heavy vehicles includes AC and DC wall boxes, which range from 3-25kW, all-in-chargers up to 50kW and the recently launched HVC-Overnight Charger, which offers a compact, single power cabinet paired with up to three charge boxes, that can be upgraded from 100kW to 150kW at any time.

We also offer a range of 150-600kW automated connection chargers, equally suited for both depots and popular transportation routes. With its automated rooftop connection and a typical charge time of 3–6 minutes, the Opportunity Charging system creates the potential for 24/7, zero emission, heavy commercial vehicle operation.

Creating innovative state-of-the-art and energy efficient solutions, which are scalable to expand and flex with our customers’ needs, is at the heart of ABB’s philosophy. With the majority of eTruck segments expected to reach cost parity with diesel by 2025, and regulations such as inner-city diesel bans driving eTruck adoption, we look forward to working closely with sector stakeholders to help bring sustainable mobility to even more people around the world.

* Energy Insights – McKinsey

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About the author

Frank Muehlon

Frank Muehlon leads ABB’s EV charging infrastructure business globally. He joined ABB in 2014. Previously, he held global roles for Bosch Automotive, a leading tier 1 auto supplier.
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