ABB has won an order worth $5 million for electric vehicle chargers from GAC Toyota.
The agreement was made through Chargedot, an ABB business unit, and is considered “a major order” in China.
GAC Toyota is the Guangzhou-based joint venture between GAC Group and Toyota. With plans to expand production of electric vehicles to 400,000 a year, the company has asked ABB to supply “several thousand electric vehicle chargers” over the next year.
One of China’s fastest growing automotive companies, GAC Toyota also selected ABB as a main technology provider for the provision of a 7 kW AC wallbox charger, which will be specifically tailored for GAC Toyota’s needs, including the addition of internet of things connectivity.
The chargers will be distributed via the GAC Toyota national dealer network to their customers for any home charging needs.
Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for e-mobility infrastructure solutions, says: “With their highly advanced domestic EV charging sector China represents a key e-mobility market for ABB and we are delighted to be supporting GAC Toyota in achieving their e-mobility strategy.”
Andy Cao, general manager of Chargedot Shanghai New Energy Technology, says: “The combination of Chargedot’s local knowledge and expertise combined with ABB’s advanced management experience, leading product technology and strong market influence meant that we were able to meet all of GAC Toyota’s needs and we look forward to working closely with them over the course of the next year.”
China already boasts the largest fleet of electric vehicles worldwide at more than 2 million, with predictions that EVs will account for 70 percent of all vehicle sales in China by 2030.
ABB says it is “well placed” to support this ongoing e-mobility transition, with expertise in developing sustainable transport solutions.
Since entering the EV-charging market a decade ago, ABB says it has sold more than 14,000 ABB DC fast chargers across more than 80 countries.