ABB E-Mobility is expanding its charging station manufacturing capabilities in the U.S. by announcing a multi-million dollar investment in a new facility in Columbia, South Carolina.
There, up to 10,000 charging stations with outputs ranging from 20 kW to 180 kW are expected to be produced annually starting in 2023, according to ABB E-Mobility. At its existing sites in the U.S., ABB E-Mobility already manufactures charging stations for mass transit buses with outputs ranging from 150 kW to 450 kW.
The new plant will allow the company to "respond more quickly to U.S. market demand, make its supply chain more efficient and local, and shorten delivery times," ABB writes. The plant is expected to create 100 new jobs.
But of course, that's only part of the motivation for the new plant: production in Columbia will also be compliant with the Buy America Act. Specifically, the chargers produced in South Carolina will meet the Buy America Act's proposed framework for charging stations as well as the requirements of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program, as proposed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) - making them eligible for funding in the upcoming charging infrastructure offensive in the US.