U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm got a first-hand look on June 28 at manufacturing of high-power EV chargers that are used for electric school buses as part of the clean energy program funded by the EPA.
Granholm visited ABB e-mobility's production operations as part of her "People Powered Summer Road Trip," accompanied by James E. Clyburn, longtime U.S. representative and current assistant Democratic leader.
ABB E-mobility's DC fast chargers made in Columbia, S.C., enable the transition to an e-mobility economy and support a number of transformational federal and state government policies and programs.
Production began early this year and Terra 184 DC fast chargers produced in South Carolina have already been installed along American highways.
The state-of-the-art operations are another example of ABB E-mobility's leadership and commitment to a sustainable transportation future.
ABB E-mobility's Terra 184 is one of the first Build America, Buy America compliant 150 kW+ DC fast chargers that also meet the NEVI program standards and requirements.
ABB E-mobility's Terra DC Wallbox charger is used by school districts across the country and can support the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean School Bus program.
"Our U.S. manufacturing operations support a growing e-mobility economy and ensures that the benefits of electric transportation reach all Americans, whether they are driving electric or producing the chargers that keep those cars moving," said senior vice president for ABB E-mobility in North America Bob Stojanovic in a recent news release.
To quickly ramp up production to meet strong U.S. demand, ABB E-mobility worked with its global advanced manufacturing partner, Flex, to expand EV charging manufacturing operations.
With Flex's portfolio of manufacturing services and expertise, ABB E-mobility was able to start U.S. production and delivery of 180 kW DC fast chargers at the start of 2023.
"Our collaboration with ABB E-mobility is built on our shared commitment to accelerating the future of electrification, including the adoption of clean energy technology and electric vehicles globally," said Chris Butler president of industrial business at Flex.