ABB better is known as Asea Brown Boveri swiss aficionado in pioneering technology, has signed a deal to deliver 117 Electric vehicle charging stations to EnBW, the German electrical utility company. Although the deal may not sound like one of the groundbreaking proportions it marks a growing trend among tech startups and oil majors vying to become leading players in the newly conceived business of charging stations. According to reports from Reuters, These private charging stations that could one day replace our fuel pumps, are popping up increasingly across Europe’s motorways to accommodate a new generation of EVs from across the spectrum. Tesla might have been the first, but now every major manufacturer has at least one electric model either already on sale or launching in the next two to three years. ABB who has over the year’s delivered 5000 such charging stations for Passenger cars and commercial vehicles across the globe. This being EnBW second large business deal with ABB, but follows last year's orders for 68 of them. They are due to be installed at some of the fuel station operator Tank & Rast locations by the end of the year.
Tank and Rast operate about 350 filling stations and 390 fully operational service areas on German Autobahn, as per documents on their website. "The need to rapidly expand the charging infrastructure network has once again been shown during this year's International Motor Show in Frankfurt, where nearly all automotive companies have announced a massive expansion of their electric vehicle ranges," ABB Chief Executive Ulrich Spiesshofer said in a statement.
Prior to this charging stations had been majorly concentrated in cities but as Europe ushers in the more or less global push to electric vehicles, the focus has shifted to major expressways and European highways.