18 July 2013 – The Netherlands is establishing nationwide electric vehicle fast-charging infrastructure, with the aim of bringing a charging station within 50 kilometres of all 16.7 million of the country’s inhabitants. To that end ABB has been selected by Fastned to supply chargers to more than 200 electric vehicle fast-charging stations.

Each of the more than 200 Fastned stations along Dutch highways will be equipped with several multi-standards fast chargers, such as the 50 kW Terra 52 and Terra 53 models, capable of charging electric vehicles in 15 to 30 minutes. The first ABB Terra fast chargers are due to be delivered in September 2013. Construction of the Fastned stations, which will have solar canopies, is expected to be completed by 2015.

To date, the Netherlands is the most populous country to roll out a nationwide fast-charging network. “Fastned chose ABB for its expertise in deploying and managing nationwide electric vehicle (EV) charging networks,” Ulrich Spiesshofer, executive committee member responsible for discrete automation and motion, says. “ABB provides the chargers and software solutions for remote servicing as well as connectivity to subscriber management and payment systems.”

Each web-connected ABB fast charger has a wide range of connectivity features, including remote assistance, management and servicing and smart software upgrades. ABB’s multi-standard design supports all fast-charging standards and protocols such as CCS and CHAdeMO. This is critical to maintain compatibility between rapidly evolving cars and chargers in the years to come, and will allow Fastned to maintain a reliable service and to upgrade its network as the technology evolves.

“This countrywide network of locations will lay the basis for the commercially viable development of e-mobility,” Bart Lubbers, one of Fastned’s founders, says. “I foresee a race towards faster charging and larger batteries throughout the car industry.”

The plan to deploy EV fast-charging stations along Dutch highways started in 2011 when Fastned asked the ministry of infrastructure for permission to implement an EV-charging network. In December 2011, the government announced a public-tender process to facilitate the deployment of charging facilities at the 245 service stations along the Dutch highways. Fastned gained concessions for 201 locations.