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Kentucky Breaks Ground with ABB E-Mobility: NEVI EV Charging Milestone

Kentucky Breaks Ground with ABB E-Mobility NEVI EV Charging Milestone - Governor Beshear speaking with media
  • Richmond, Kentucky’s Circle K is leading the way with the first NEVI EV charging site in the Southeastern United States, powered by ABB E-mobility, marking a significant advancement for EV infrastructure along Interstate 75.
  • ABB E-mobility’s Terra 184 chargers, selected for the Richmond site, meet stringent standards like Build America, Buy America (BABA) compliance and NEVI technical minimum standards, providing efficient charging with up to 180 kW per charger.
  • Circle K’s swift expansion of its EV charging network, aiming for 200 sites in North America this year, highlights its commitment to offering diverse mobility solutions to meet the growing demands of customers along the I-75 corridor.

Kentucky’s Governor, Andy Beshear, and Federal Highway Administrator, Shailen Bhatt, celebrated the start of construction for the first NEVI EV charging site in the Southeastern United States. This development, located at Circle K in Richmond, Kentucky, signifies a major step forward along the heavily traversed Interstate 75.


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The site will feature state-of-the-art ABB E-mobility Terra 184 chargers, specially designed to meet the strict Build America, Buy America (BABA) criteria. These chargers adhere to NEVI’s technical standards and are primed for seamless integration with the “NACS-ready” system, promising quick and efficient charging for Circle K customers. Each charger features an impressive capacity of up to 180 kW, ensuring speedy recharges for EV drivers on the go.


ABB E-Mobility and Circle K’s Commitment to Reliable EV Charging Solutions

Kentucky Breaks Ground with ABB E-Mobility NEVI EV Charging Milestone - Breaking ground onsite

Chris Nordh, Head of ABB E-mobility in North America, stressed the importance of dependable charging infrastructure, noting, “Our customers and drivers rely on charging infrastructure to be dependable and easy to use.”

Circle K, a leading name in convenience and fuel retail, is rapidly expanding its EV charging network. Aaron Smorodin, Head of Business Development for Circle K, expressed the company’s dedication to meeting evolving customer needs, stating, “At Circle K, we’re committed to providing a range of mobility solutions to support our customers’ journeys, no matter how they power their vehicles.”


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With EV adoption rates rising across the country, initiatives like the NEVI program and partnerships with convenience store operators play a crucial role. ABB E-mobility is at the forefront of this movement, supplying NEVI-compliant chargers and collaborating with stakeholders to make electric transportation accessible to all.


ABB E-Mobility’s Commitment to Quality and Innovation in EV Charging Technology

Nordh reiterated ABB E-mobility’s commitment to supporting partners like Circle K in their EV charging endeavors, saying, “We’re committed to helping partners like Circle K achieve their EV charging goals by providing reliable, seamless, and efficient charging solutions.”

Kentucky Breaks Ground with ABB E-Mobility NEVI EV Charging Milestone - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear sharing remarks on new NEVI site

Manufactured with precision in South Carolina, the Terra 184 chargers represent ABB E-mobility’s dedication to quality. Designed to meet rigorous standards and certifications, including NEVI requirements, these chargers come equipped with features such as ENERGY STAR certification and OCPP conformance. Additionally, plans are underway to incorporate high-power J3400 connectors into the Richmond chargers, ensuring compatibility with Tesla vehicles and future NACS models.


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RANDI BENTIA

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