By Anthony Capkun
April 8, 2013 – ABB recently launched the Terra SC (SmartConnect) direct current charger, which is designed for fast charging in commercial and office areas. It fully charges an electric car in 30 to 120 minutes, says ABB, and will be available for delivery in the Americas in the second quarter. Initial shipments will support the CHAdeMO fast-charging standard, with SAE/combined charging system units available later this year. ABB DC chargers have the ability to integrate seamlessly into existing AC charging networks, says the company. The Terra SC will be fully UL listed and come standard with an outdoor-rated steel housing, a full-colour, 8-in. touchscreen user interface, and smart connectivity features. Key optional features include RFID and PIN code authorization, as well as a web-based statistics module with data per user to support energy usage reporting. ABB’s connectivity suite supports all existing and future connection standards within the same network, adds the company, and plug-n-play functionality using the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP).