ABB to develop fast-charge infrastructure for Lilium electric aircraft
By Anthony Capkun
October 26, 2021 – ABB reports it will provide the charging infrastructure for Lilium’s high-speed regional air network, scheduled for commercial launch in 2024, initially in Florida, Germany, and Brazil.
As part of the agreement, ABB will develop, test and supply the MegaWatt fast-charging infrastructure for quick turnaround times. The company says its charging points are designed to be capable of fully charging batteries in about 30 minutes, and up to 80% in 15 minutes.
“Making sure we have the right charging infrastructure will play a crucial role in enabling our high-speed regional air network by allowing quick and efficient charging,” said Daniel Wiegand, Lilium’s CEO and co-founder.
The initial range of a 7-Seater Lilium Jet is expected to be 155 miles, with a cruising speed of 175 mph.
“[We] see this planned partnership as an important commitment to all relevant charging standards that are adopted by multiple electric vehicle manufacturers,” said Frank Muehlon, president, ABB’s E-mobility Division.
The regional air network will comprise a series of “vertiports”, which have multiple parking bays and high-power charging points. The MegaWatt Charging System (MCS)—the infrastructure to be developed under this planned partnership—will allow direct current charging of up to 1000 kW.
“By supporting the new MegaWatt charging standard, ABB E-mobility is paving the way for the electrification of all modes of transport—from cars and trucks to marine vessels, mining vehicles and, now, aviation,” Muehlon added.
ABB and Lilium say they plan to adhere to “relevant standards that support interoperability”.