ABB invests $30m in DC fast charger production facility

ABB E-mobility has strengthened its position as a leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions with the opening of its largest DC fast charger production site to date – the E-mobility Centre of Excellence in Valdarno, Tuscany.

The full range of ABB DC charging solutions will be produced at the site, supporting the electrification of all transport sectors and exemplifying ABB E-mobility’s commitment to building a zero-emission future with smart, reliable charging solutions for electric vehicles.

Having already sold in excess of 680,000 EV chargers across more than 85 markets, ABB E-mobility’s $30 million investment in the new Valdarno facility means it has now more than doubled its production capacity over the last two years, with the opening of the new 16,000m2 Valdarno plant enabling the creation of more than 10,000 additional DC chargers a year.

Frank Mühlon, CEO of ABB E-mobility, said: “The opening of our new Valdarno facility demonstrates ABB E-mobility’s commitment to building a zero-emission future. In addition to increased production capacity, the investment made in Valdarno helps to expand our innovative R&D activity, ensuring we can continue to cement our reputation as the world leader in electric vehicle charging solutions, delivering future proof e-mobility solutions for the vehicles of today and tomorrow.”

The new state-of-the-art manufacturing site sets a new benchmark for the sector, producing one DC fast charger every 20 minutes thanks to its seven production lines. 15 testing facilities are able to simulate over 400 charging sessions per day, while integrated automation solutions connect the shopfloor to the innovative automatic warehouse, ensuring optimised stock control, full traceability and efficient operations, supported by AGVs and handling vehicles.

In addition, the new facility will support ABB E-mobility’s continued drive to innovate. Having invested 14 percent of 2021 revenues into R&D, the Valdarno location will house a 3,200mspace for development and prototyping. Here, around 70 of the site’s 500-plus employees will be dedicated to implementing innovative solutions, new software, and product life cycle management tools to fully integrate R&D activities with manufacturing. ABB E-mobility employs more than 350 R&D experts globally and has a portfolio of over 350 granted patents.

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