ABB multi-standard rapid EV chargers coming to Northumberland

2014-04-01 - Northumberland County Council is installing 20 multi-standard electric vehicle (EV) chargers from ABB to provide the county’s electric car drivers with convenient charging locations to extend their range. The ABB Terra 53CJG chargers are rated at 50 kW and rapidly charge electric cars from zero to 80 percent of their battery capacity in less than 30 minutes
The installation is part of a network of over 500 rapid charge points nationwide, part funded by OLEV (Department for Transport’s, Office for Low Emission Vehicles). It is one of OLEV’s largest rapid charging electric vehicle projects and was awarded to ABB by Jewson on behalf of Northumberland County Council. The multi-standard, triple-outlet rapid chargers will be installed in strategic locations across Northumberland with connection to the Pay As You Go national network provided by Charge Your Car.

The delivery of a comprehensive EV charging solution from ABB includes project management, site design and commissioning. The civil and electrical works, installation and three years maintenance will be carried out by Northumberland County Council supported by ABB’s remote and local engineering support.

Vincent Thurlby of Jewson says: “We fully support this EV charging initiative and are excited to be part of this emerging transport revolution.”

ABB recognises Jewson’s contribution as a key element in initialising the project. “Northumberland County Council chose ABB for its proven expertise in deploying and managing nationwide EV charging networks,” says Graham Barlow of ABB Power Conversion. “ABB provides the chargers and industry-leading software solutions for remote servicing as well as connectivity to subscriber management and payment systems.”

ABB fast chargers have a wide range of connectivity features, including remote assistance, management and servicing and smart software upgrades. ABB’s multi-standard design supports all fast-charging standards and protocols such as CCS and CHAdeMO. This is critical to maintain compatibility between rapidly evolving cars and chargers in the years to come, and allows Northumberland County Council to maintain a reliable service and to upgrade its network as the technology evolves.

Because of ABB’s multi-standard design, the Northumberland network is capable of serving EVs offered by all major car brands from Europe, Asia and the USA. ABB’s open standards-based cloud connectivity solution allows Northumberland to have a user-friendly payment and access service for all drivers.

The launch of these charging stations is part of the Government’s plan to build the charging infrastructure nationwide and to help achieve the UK's carbon targets for new vehicles to be zero emission at the tailpipe by 2040. For more information please visit or contact Martin Hale on +44 7808 611906 or email

Northumberland County Council is installing 20 multi-standard electric vehicle chargers from ABB to provide electric car drivers convenient charging locations