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Audi and ABB partner in New Zealand to reduce emissions with an E-mobility solution

As part of their plan to support sustainable transport nationwide, Audi New Zealand and ABB recently launched the country’s first 175kW DC charger at Audi‘s Archibald dealership.

The Terra HP charger can provide the Audi e tron SUV, with duel electric motors, 145Km of extended driving range as little as 10 mins of charging. The e-mobility solution is part of ABB’s overall strategy to support the country becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

ABB‘s high-power modular charging system offers high output current capability, supporting 400VDC and 800VDC vehicles with a single power cabinet system delivering up to 375A and 160kW continuously and 175kW at its peak. With two power cabinets, the system delivers up to 500A and 350kW.

Following Archibald’s lead, Giltrap Audi, Ebbett Audi and Farmer Audi will also have a 175kw DC charger installed. Nine further Audi dealerships are already home to the ABB Terra 54 charger, a 50kW DC charger which delivers a full 400 km charge in two hours. 

ABB is providing a total number of 16 charging systems to 11 Audi dealerships in the North Island located in Auckland, the European Motor Distributors head office, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Napier, and Wellington. In the South Island, the chargers can be found in Christchurch, Dunedin, and Queenstown.

Commenting on the installation of the charging stations, Dean Sheed, General Manager, Audi New Zealand said, “Audi is the first automotive brand in New Zealand to invest in this level of charging infrastructure throughout the country. It can be utilized immediately by our Audi e-tron customers, adding to the premium customer support we have in place for our owners. We expect other brands to follow our lead, thereby raising the charging capability for the country and keeping New Zealand at a world-class level.”

ABB has unrivaled expertise in developing sustainable transport solutions. Since entering the EV-charging market a decade ago, ABB has sold more than 14,000 ABB DC fast chargers across more than 80 countries. ABB is recognized as a global leader in e-mobility solutions and with our own Mission to Zero, we demonstrate our commitment to writing a more sustainable future.

ABB’s Country Managing Director, Ewan Morris reiterated ABB’s position in the e-mobility marketplace. “We are delighted to have partnered with Audi New Zealand on this landmark project which will help the country to realise its vision for a cleaner and greener transport future.“

The Audi e-tron is a full-size SUV with two electric motors with a total output of 300kW and 664Nm of torque and has a 0-100km/hr of 5.7 seconds. It will cover over 400km on a single charge and is the first series-production vehicle that can charge at fast-charging stations with direct current (DC) at up to 150kW. It is also comfortable charging its 95kWh battery at home using normal 240 volt AC power in a “top-up“ scenario.

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