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ABB to build fast charger network in China

(Xinhua) Updated: 2014-02-14 11:26

STOCKHOLM - The leading power and automation technology group ABB announced its strategic cooperation with Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co Ltd (BDNT) to roll out electric vehicle (EV) fast charger network in China over the next six years, according to the company's statement on Thursday.

ABB was chosen by BDNT as the supplier of direct current fast chargers of new DENZA electric vehicle and China is going to become the global leader for EV fast charging in the future, said ABB in the statement, which also was confirmed in the statement from BDNT.

"ABB's EV charging solutions have been expanding rapidly worldwide as the underlying technology combines our key strengths in power electronics, software, service and power distribution," said Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB Group.

The wall-mounted chargers will have a number of innovations designed for user convenience and safety, such as a mobile app that allows remote monitoring and control of charging sessions, with the option of charging status change notifications.

First deliveries are expected in mid-2014 and the charging solution will be sold through DENZA dealerships along with the vehicle.

"The DENZA represents a significant step in sustainable transportation for the Chinese automotive market. It was vital that we had the right partner to support this innovative concept," said Arno Roehringer, COO of BDNT, describing ABB as "ideal technology partner."

ABB and DENZA will work together to help support China's efforts to increase sustainable mobility, as EVs are one of China's seven emerging strategic industries and public direct current fast charging is expected to be rolled out in China in the near future.

"We are honored to be a partner in this venture to move urban transportation forward in a more sustainable way," said Spiesshofer.

Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co, Ltd is a joint venture established in 2010 by BYD Auto, a leader in China's EV industry, and Daimler AG, one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles.

The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people. And the company has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services.

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