Ceylon Electricity Board brings in ABB as fast charger supplier as government looks to build 100 stations across the country by 2020
Ceylon Electricity Board, the prime player in Sri Lanka’s electricity generation, distribution and transmission, has chosen ABB as its preferred supplier to develop the country’s fast charging infrastructure.
Sri Lankan capital Colombo City is to install a new fleet of EV fast-chargers supplied by electrical engineering conglomerate ABB. The installation of six Terra 53 CJ chargers, which are part of the ABB Ability portfolio of connected mobility solutions, will enable more efficient charging of EVs across the region.
The Sri Lankan government has made a strategic decision to install more than 100 EV charging stations by 2020 to align with the country’s plan to obtain a minimum 20% of its total electricity supply from renewable sources.
ABB’s 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. They also include remote monitoring and trouble shooting capabilities.
The order comes following the successful installation of ABB’s first 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.
Frank Mühlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging comments: “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.”