As the UAE accelerates its efforts to champion more sustainable modes of transport, ABB today hosted its ‘Future of E-Mobility’ event at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Sweden Pavilion.
Senior representatives from ABB, Volvo Bus Corporation, Porsche and the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) joined to share their experiences within the automotive and transport sectors – exploring progress made to date and the key steps required for the e-mobility sector to continue thriving. During the panel discussion, contributors agreed that legislation, infrastructure and incentivization are all vital requirements to maintain the feasibility and appeal of greener transport solution.
The leading technology company today also celebrated ABB Day at the Expo 2020 site – a commemorative milestone to acknowledge the work of its partners, customers and employees.
This week at the Sweden Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, ABB’s Terra 360 electric vehicle charger made its Middle East and Africa debut. As the fastest all-in-one charger currently on the market, the Terra 360 can deliver up to 360 kW of power and a full charge in less than 15 minutes. With its ability to charge 4 vehicles simultaneously and compatibility with both passenger and commercial vehicles, ABB believes that its Terra 360 makes the ideal solution for commercial fleets, retail areas and refueling stations alike.
Commenting on the growth of the e-mobility sector in the region, Wim Elshout, ABB E-mobility Lead – Overseas and Emerging Markets said, “The Middle East and the UAE in particular has demonstrated strong appetite for investing in more efficient and sustainable mobility solutions. This remains true whether we look at how businesses are managing their logistics with greater efficiency and reduced carbon emissions, or how the general public wish to navigate their daily lives. At ABB, we are proud to be leading the way to a future of zero emission mobility. Our Terra 360 electric vehicle charger is just one example of the many ways in which we aim to power e-mobility forward.”
Last month, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched a trial run of two Volvo 7900 electric buses. The smart buses are charged by a standing electric charger, supplied by ABB at La Mer South, while a night electric charger is also installed at the Al Quoz Bus Depot to enable charging while buses are out of service through the night.
“Volvo Buses is a leader in electromobility globally. We are excited about the possibilities electric buses will open for cities like Dubai. Volvo Electric buses will enhance travelling experience not only for passengers but also drivers and other road users, making cities more attractive for their inhabitants. As a company which offers complete e-mobility solutions, we tailor our approach, co-developing a strategy with city planners and fellow industry leaders such as ABB to accelerate the move to more environmentally-friendly transportation,” Manish Sahi, Vice President of Volvo Bus Corporation Middle East and Africa.