Electrical equipment supplier ABB has launched its Terra 53 CJG fast charger in Malaysia today. The 50 kW DC/43 kW AC unit promises to charge electric vehicles from 30% to 80% in as little as 15 minutes, making it suitable for use at petrol stations and highway rest stops.

The Terra 53 CJG is unique in that it supports the three main charging standards currently in use, including the widely-used Type 2 Mennekes AC plug, the Japanese Type 1 CHAdeMO DC plug used on the Malaysian-market Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Combined Charging System (CCS) DC plug that is a variation of Type 2.

The first unit, installed at ABB Malaysia’s headquarters on Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Subang Jaya, is free for owners of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids to use. It uses solar energy, making it 100% carbon neutral. The Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) counts it as part of its ChargEV charging network of over 150 stations, even though you don’t need the ChargEV card to use it.

As yet, there are no concrete plans for GreenTech to use ABB’s chargers – it currently utilises lower-powered (up to 22 kW) Type 2 AC units from NewMotion. However, the government arm is currently in discussions to implement the company’s fast chargers along major highways, in order to minimise range anxiety on longer journeys.

Of course, with more than double the power output and support for different charging standards, the Terra 53 CJG is significantly more expensive than the existing chargers – by “a factor of around 10, maybe,” according to ABB Malaysia’s electric vehicle infrastructure head John Steed.

However, he contends that the charger provides a service that people would ultimately be willing to pay more for, and as the volume of electric vehicles increases, an operator would be able to recoup the investment more quickly – the shorter charging time would allow them to have more customers.

The launch of the charger is part of ABB’s vision of encouraging the move towards sustainable mobility, in support of the government’s aim of reducing carbon emissions by 45% by 2030. Malaysia projects that a total of 100,000 electric cars, 100,000 electric scooters and 2,000 electric buses will be on the roads by 2020, supported by 125,000 electric charging stations across the country.