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Estonia orders 200 DC chargers to create the worlds first nationwide fast-charging network for electric vehicles

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced it won a tender offer to build a network of 200 electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations throughout Estonia. The order from the Estonian government is Europes largest EV charging infrastructure contract to date and creates the worlds first fast-charging infrastructure with full nationwide coverage. The order was booked in the fourth quarter.
ABB will start deliveries in the second quarter and plans to have all Terra systems direct current (DC) chargers running by the end of this year. As part of the five-year contract, ABB will also deliver network operating support services for the chargers in the field and the backbone IT architecture. ABB won the order together with its partners G4S and NOW! Innovations.

NOW! Innovations provides its SAAS (Solution-As-A-Service) platform including CRM, customer self-care environment, invoicing and payment components whilst provides first-line customer support.

The growing number of electric vehicles is driving a global market opportunity for charging solutions including sophisticated monitoring systems and software to support the electric grid. ABBs DC chargers have been used commercially since May 2010 and reduce charging times from eight hours, using regular alternating current (AC), to as little as 15 to 30 minutes.

The Estonian government would like to ensure that driving an EV in Estonia is as comfortable and safe as driving any other car, said Jarmo Tuisk, director of the Innovation and Technology Division at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. The country-wide innovative fast charging network with high quality services from ABB and its partners is essential in accomplishing that task.

The Estonian government aims to provide fast charging in all urbanized areas with more than 5,000 inhabitants. On main roads they aim to install a fast charger every 50 kilometres, creating the highest concentration of DC chargers in Europe, by far.

About ABB

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 130,000 people.

About G4S

G4S (www.g4s.ee) is an international group which specialises in providing security services. The groups consolidated turnover in 2010 was 7,397 billion pounds. G4S has subsidiaries in more than 125 countries worldwide, employing more than 635 000 people in total, which makes the group the biggest employer in the world in security services.
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