ABB’s two-vehicle electric charger shortlisted for SMMT innovation award

ABB is shortlisted for The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) prestigious Award for Automotive Innovation 2012, for its ground-breaking affordable electric vehicle (EV) fast charger, which can charge AC or DC from 30 percent to 80 percent in under 30 minutes.


The key feature that helped shortlist the Terra Smart Connect (SC) Duo Electric Vehicle Charger is that it only requires the widely available 32 A supply, less than half the current needed by rapid chargers.


It is also one of the slimmest fast chargers available, making it easy to wall mount and saving vast installation costs while avoiding the need for planning or landlord permission. As such it is suitable for potential EV charging operators such as retailers, offices and EV fleet owners who can use their existing power supply.


As other countries have proven, when more locations offer range extending fast charging, more people can buy a battery electric vehicle (BEV) as their first and only car.


The charger is able to fast charge current and planned Japanese and French electric vehicles and can provide a slow charge to virtually every other EV. The DC version will be on display at the SMMT showroom (The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, 71 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2BN) between 26th November to 7th December 2012.

Now in its third year, the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation identifies the UK’s most cutting-edge automotive concepts, technologies and ideas that have the potential to transform the face of industry. Following presentations from the shortlisted entries, a panel of leading industry experts have judged this year’s award including Dave Salt, GKN Driveline Chief Engineer, Robert Lea, Industrial Editor, The Times, Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, Ian Downing, Director Business Growth Fund and Robert Llewellyn, broadcaster and automotive enthusiast.


The winner will be announced at SMMT’s Annual Dinner on 27th November at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

The last six innovations were shortlisted from scores of entries and represent a broad spectrum of industry from electric vehicle charging to intelligent mobility technology.


“The exceptional quality of entries to this year’s award truly demonstrates that the UK is at the forefront of automotive innovation, design and development,” says Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “I am delighted to see a range of industry sectors represented in the shortlist, reflecting the outstanding contribution the UK makes to such a diverse global industry. I look forward to judging the winner of this year’s Award.”

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.