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ABB unveils fast charging stations supporting SAE DC Fast Charging, Combined Charging System

The rapidly changing market for electric car fast charging solutions just received new support for the Combined Charging System with two newly unveiled fast charging stations from ABB

The SAE DC Fast Charging System for electric cars is getting a shot in the arm thanks to ABB, who has unveiled support for that fast charging system, also known as the Combined Charging System (CCS). Fast charging systems give near complete recharges of typical electric cars in about a half hour, and when available they give electric car drivers more flexibility.

The Combined Charging System came from the SAE committee that designed the J1772 plug commonly used in electric car charging today. To support fast charging the SAE committee added more pins to support a high power DC connection of about 50 kilowatts. The existing J1772 charging connection supports AC power at, typically, 3 kilowatts or 6 kilowatts depending on the on-board charger. The competing DC Fast Charging standard, CHAdeMO, is used by the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. However several other automakers have thrown their support behind the SAE DC Fast Charging System (CCS), and it may be that this system will win out over CHAdeMO in the long run.


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