ABB wins contract for Dutch electric vehicle charging stations

The Swiss company will supply high-voltage chargers for Fastned's network of 200 fast-charging stations in the Netherlands.

An illustration of a Fastned electric-vehicle charging station
An illustration of a Fastned electric-vehicle charging station ABB

Fastned, a Dutch company building a network of 200 electric-vehicle charging stations along highways in the Netherlands, has selected Switzerland-based ABB to supply the chargers for the network.

The devices can charge an EV's battery in 15 to 20 minutes, ABB said Monday, and will be equipped to handle a variety of EVs. "This is critical to maintain compatibility between rapidly evolving cars and chargers in the years to come," the company said in a statement.

The first chargers will be delivered in September, and Fastned plans to have its charging stations built by 2015, ABB said.

Electric vehicles such as Tesla Motors' critically acclaimed Model S have only just begun arriving on the market, but some entrepreneurs see charging stations as a business opportunity today. Tesla is building its coast-to-coast Supercharger network in the United States, for example, and a company called Clever is building a charging network in Denmark. Charging an EV takes longer than filling a gas tank, though high-power chargers can speed the process.

Fastned plans to situate charging stations so that electric vehicle drivers will never be more than 50km (31 miles) away from one. The stations' roofs will be covered with photovoltaic cells for a bit of an electricity boost.

The planned Fastned electric-vehicle charging station network in the Netherlands.
The planned Fastned electric-vehicle charging station network in the Netherlands. ABB
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