CEB picks swiss firm for vehicle charging network in Sri Lanka

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By 2018-01-16

By Nishel Fernando

Swiss multinational technological corporation ABB recently announced that it has been awarded the bid to develop Sri Lanka's EV-charging network by CEB and plans to install six Terra 53 CJ EV fast-charging units in a network across Sri Lanka.
ABB plans to install six Terra 53 CJ chargers - considered a cost-effective multi-standard DC fast charger - across the island, that include remote monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities. The company stated that Colombo would benefit the most from the new fleet of connected and fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers from ABB.

The Government aimed to install more than 100 EV-charging stations by 2020 to align with the country's plan to obtain a minimum of 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources. Aligning with the Government's vision, The Ministry of Finance and Media reduced the duty on electric cars through the last Budget, encouraging more environmentally-friendly vehicles.
Sri Lanka has an electric vehicle population of 5,000. However, due to various issues, including long charging times, only a small fraction of EV owners use regular public chargers.

According to the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the regulator of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, there are currently 39 Direct Current (DC) fast chargers functioning, despite 50 being installed at the beginning of the year. Most of these are not dedicated EVCS either, as they were annexed by some other business activity.
Lanka IOC also, recently announced that, the company would set up electric vehicle charging points at existing filling stations across the country.

ADB stated that its Terra 53 CJ chargers are compatible with all CHAdeMO & CCS electric vehicles on the Sri Lankan market, with typical charging times ranging between 15-25 minutes, depending on the capacity of the vehicle type.
In addition, the charging stations are also configurable as a single, dual or triple outlet, while delivering 50kW power output and are suitable for operation in extreme weather conditions from -350C to +500®C.
The charging points of Terra 53 are planned to be installed at highway rest-stops, petrol stations, car dealerships and busy urban areas, such as public car parks.

The order comes following the successful installation of ABB's first EV-charging stations in Sri Lanka for a private vendor in 2015. The multi-standard DC charging stations (Terra 51 & Terra 52) are already operational in Colombo and the greater Colombo areas, as well as a few other major locations, including Kandy, Kurunegala and Kegalle.
Head of ABB's Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging, Frank Mühlon commented, "The ABB team has extensive experience, working with all types of projects, from small en-route installations to innovative city-wide fast charging systems. It's this depth of knowledge and the ability to work closely with our customers that has enabled us to develop a range of future-proof and connected solutions for environmentally-friendly transport systems."

Moreover, ABB added that by connecting chargers, service solutions and people, ABB is able to diagnose more than 90 per cent of service cases remotely, and has solved over 60 per cent of such cases without any site intervention over the past two years in Sri Lanka. This resulted in significant savings on downtime, travelling, transportation, man-hours, and resources.
ABB is a technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure globally. The company operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees.

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