Zurich, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- July 9, 2013 - Chargers for more than 200 electric vehicle fast charging stations across the Netherlands are to be supplied by ABB, bringing an EV fast charger within 50 km of all of the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants.

These stations are to be implemented by the company Fastned at existing service station locations on the Dutch highways. They will be equipped with several multi-standards fast chargers, such as the 50 kW Terra 52 and Terra 53 models, capable of charging electric vehicles in 15-30 minutes.

The first ABB Terra fast chargers are due to be delivered in September 2013. Construction of the Fastned stations, which will have solar canopies, is expected to be completed by 2015.

To date, the Netherlands is the most populous country to roll out a nationwide fast charging network, according to an ABB statement. Fast chargers will be located a maximum of 50 km apart along all highways, and will be capable of serving EVs offered by all major car brands from Europe, Asia and the USA.

With ABB’s open standards-based cloud connectivity solution, Fastned will create a user friendly payment and access service for all drivers.

“This countrywide network of locations will lay the basis for the commercially viable development of e-mobility,” said Bart Lubbers, one of Fastned’s founders. “I foresee a race towards faster charging and larger batteries throughout the car industry.”

Each web-connected ABB fast charger has a wide range of connectivity features, including remote assistance, management and servicing and smart software upgrades. The 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 will allow Fastned to upgrade its network as the technology evolves.

The plan to deploy EV fast charging stations along Dutch highways started in 2011 when Fastned asked the Ministry of Infrastructure for permission to implement an EV charging network. Subsequently in a public tender process the company won concessions for 201 locations, out of the total 245 service station locations.