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VitaeMobility, ABB to Deploy a Network of 50 DC Fast Chargers throughout Belgium

June 27, 2012

ANTWERP, Belgium and ZURICH, Switzerland, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Belgium’s first smart fast charging network allows carefree electric mobility for all
EV drivers

VitaeMobility, specialists in e-mobility for business and government fleets and
consumers, and ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today announced a
partnership to install and manage 50 Terra Smart Connect (SC) DC fast chargers at multiple
locations throughout Belgium. The company specifically chose ABB’s Terra Smart Connect
(SC) as it is the only smart connected charging station on the market that supports EV
charging for company fleets in 30-120 minutes. The first installations for the nationwide
network will be in place by the end of July.

Installing DC fast chargers is a necessary next step towards encouraging the
proliferation of electric vehicles. It provides drivers with convenient access to
state-of-the-art charging infrastructure and reduces range anxiety, a common concern
associated with EV ownership. The investment by VitaeMobility to create a fast charging
network complements its current business offering, such as a smart car leasing concept,
and further demonstrates the company’s commitment towards the ongoing development and
support of EV transportation and infrastructure grounded in a sustainable economic model.
The collaboration between ABB and VitaeMobility will enable the company to continue its
strong growth curve in the Belgium market. The EV charging station infrastructure and
services market is set to experience significant growth reaching 1.6 million units
globally by 2015, according to Pike Research.

“EV adoption offers more than energy efficient transportation; it helps cut our
dependency on carbon-producing foreign fuels, lessens our ecological footprint by reducing
emissions and makes economical sense since their maintenance and operations are far less
costly in the long run,” said Gunter De Pooter, Executive Director of VitaeMobility.

ABB will carry out the installations of the chargers and will deliver network
operating support services (NOC) and the backbone IT architecture which provides each
web-connected charger with a full range of connectivity features, including remote
assistance, management and servicing and smart software upgradeability. Maintenance and
repair services will be taken care of by ABB’s local support team in Belgium.

“Providing customers with data and software services is critical to shifting driver
behavior towards cleaner alternatives,” said Hans Streng, General Manager of ABB’s EV
charging infrastructure group. “ABB’s charging infrastructure offering takes into
consideration the entire e-mobility spectrum; from SMART grid interface and software
services to technology offerings that allow customers to tailor chargers to their own
needs such as their own billing solutions. This will create a more direct relationship
with EV drivers.”

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ABB (http://www.abb.com) 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.

VitaeMobility is a sustainable, integrated company that focuses on effectively
reducing CO2 emissions. Therefore VitaeMobility offers a number of new and integrated
sustainable mobility solutions: innovative car leasing concept, smart charging
infrastructure and production and distribution of sustainable power.


Source: PR Newswire