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ABB and Porsche will jointly develop next generation electric vehicle chargers in Japan

Porsche Japan will install ABB’s high-power chargers at Porsche Centres in Japan

Pioneering technology leader ABB has teamed up with Porsche Japan to develop a dedicated high-power charger for Porsche’s electric vehicles in Japan.

ABB has entered into an agreement to deliver its market-leading EV infrastructure for Porsche Japan’s EVs, including Taycan, the automaker’s first fully electric car, set to enter the Japanese market in 2020.

Under the terms, Porsche Japan will install ABB’s high-power chargers at Porsche Centres and public facilities across the country, creating a network of fast chargers for its EVs. The first installation is set to go live in mid-2020.

The alliance will boost Japan’s push for the wider adoption of e-mobility. ABB and Porsche Japan will join forces to develop the next generation of chargers that support power levels exceeding 150 kW and compatible with the CHAdeMO fast charging standard.

The Japanese government has set an ambitious goal to sell only new electric or hybrid vehicles by 2050. The move comes as the country works to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that are largely responsible for global warming.

“ABB’s deep expertise in electric vehicle charging, combined with Porsche’s legacy of high-performance is a winning formula to revolutionise sustainable mobility, and will pave the way for Japan to meet its ambitious zero-emissions commitments,” said head of ABB’s global business for EV charging infrastructure Frank Muehlon.

The Porsche Taycan is set to enter the Japanese market in 2020. With a maximum output of 600PS (440 kW), the sports sedan can go from 0 to 100 kmph in just 3.5 seconds and has a maximum cruising distance of 500 km or more (REACH NEDC compliance). Demand for Porsche’s first ever electric car has been overwhelming, with more than 20,000 customers across the world expressing interest as of March 2019. Following its launch, Porsche will go into production in 2020 with its crossover inspired estate version, the EV Cross Turismo.

Porsche Japan president Toshiyuki Shimegi says: “I am very glad to say that we will be able to provide the highest performing quick charging network in the world to our customers thanks to this partnership with ABB. By 2025, half of all new vehicles from Porsche may feature an electric drive – either as part of a hybrid concept or as a purely electric vehicle, so building the quick charging infrastructure is vital to EV owners as a great step forward in the Porsche EV project.”

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