ABB breaks ground on $30m facility to manufacture EV chargers in Italy

WCN Editorial Team 27 Jul 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

ABB, a Swiss electrical equipment manufacturer, has broken ground on a $30m facility to conduct R&D and produce electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy.

The 16,000m² facility will manufacture ABB’s entire portfolio of direct current (DC) EV battery chargers ranging from domestic systems to systems to be installed at public places and system for urban public transport.

The facility will have 3,200m² of dedicated space to conduct R&D activities such as development and prototyping. It will focus on implementing new solutions, new software and product life cycle management tools to fully integrate its R&D activities with manufacturing activities, both internally and with external manufacturing services.

ABB Smart Power Division head Giampiero Frisio said: “Today represents a significant milestone in our e-mobility business. At ABB we have been driving progress in the sector for more than a decade and this new state of the art facility will contribute significantly to further advancing the global move towards zero-emission electric mobility.”

The new facility will also be integrated with ABB Ability digital solutions, which will optimise the production of every single product and interconnect automated warehouse management systems with various departments within the facility.

The automated equipment to assemble printed circuit boards and monitoring and testing systems will also be connected to the factory information system.

ABB also stated that in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the new facility, it plans to install rooftop solar panels and have optimised heating and cooling systems. It is also contemplating to introduce a fleet of electric vehicles for employees, logistics, sales and service teams.

ABB e-mobility infrastructure solutions global business head Frank Muehlon said: “As global demand for sustainable transport continues to increase this new facility will ensure that ABB can meet that demand and remains the go-to provider for our end to end e-mobility solutions.”

The company claims to have sold more than 14,000 DC fast chargers in more than 80 countries, since entering the EV-charging market a decade ago.

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Artist’s rendering of the new facility to be built by ABB in Italy. (Credit: ABB.)

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