ABB and Microsoft have teamed up to launch a new electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging services platform.
By combining ABB’s leading EV charging station with Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services, ABB customers will benefit from greater stability, global scalability and advanced management features.
With the new partnership, all ABB chargers will be connected to the Azure cloud and surrounded by value-adding services. The collaboration will also incorporate elements of machine learning and predictive analytics to help drive innovations going forward.
“Platform performance and stability are critical differentiators for the successful operation of a modern, data-dependent EV charging station,” said Pekka Tiitinen, president of ABB’s discrete automation and motion division. “By partnering with Microsoft, ABB will be able to offer best-in-class operations as well as innovative advanced services — what we call the internet of things, services and people. This partnership gives us the solutions, scalability and global agility to support expanding demand for EV charging infrastructure in the world’s major automotive markets, which is a key focus of our next level growth strategy.”
According to Hybrid Cars, the global number of electric vehicles has now exceeded one million, with more than half of those purchased within the last 14 months. There are currently 106,000 publically accessible EV charging stations globally, and the market is set to grow substantially in the coming years.
“Today we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and this is ever apparent in the global electric vehicle market,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, Microsoft. “Our partnership with ABB aligns to one of our company ambitions to build the intelligent cloud platform, and we look forward to our technology and services becoming a differentiator for ABB’s solutions.”
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