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Germany: ABB, Lilium collaborate “to revolutionise charging infrastructure for regional air travel”

By Chris Stonor

ABB E-mobility and Lilium announced this week joint plans to provide the charging infrastructure for Lilium’s eVTOLs, reports a press release. The plans include launching networks in Florida, Germany and Brazil.

The release says, “As part of the agreement, ABB will develop, test and supply the MegaWatt fast charging infrastructure necessary for the quick turnaround times needed for electric aviation.” And goes on, “The ABB charging points are designed to be capable of fully charging batteries in approximately 30 minutes, and charging up to 80 percent in 15 minutes, enabling the 20-25 flights per aircraft per day planned across Lilium’s global vertiport network. The initial range of a 7-Seater Lilium Jet is expected to be 155 miles with an average speed of 175mph.”

Frank Muehlon

Frank Muehlon, President of ABB’s E-mobility Division, commented,  “Combining Lilium’s mission to grow sustainable aviation with ABB’s global market expertise and leadership in e-mobility and charging infrastructure is a win for the environment and a win for passengers.”

He continued, “Moreover, we see this planned partnership as an important commitment to all relevant charging standards that are adopted by multiple electric ‘vehicle’ manufacturers. By supporting the new MegaWatt charging standard, ABB E-mobility is paving the way for the electrification of all modes of transport, from cars and trucks to marine vessels, mining vehicles, and now, aviation.”

Daniel Wiegand, CEO and Co-Founder of Lilium, added, “Making sure we have the right charging infrastructure will play a crucial role in enabling our high-speed regional air network by allowing quick and efficient charging.”

The release continues, “The regional air network will be made up of a series of Vertiports, which will have multiple parking bays and high-power charging points. The MegaWatt Charging System (MCS), the infrastructure to be developed under this planned partnership, will allow direct current (DC) charging of up to 1000 kW and can also be used for electric heavy-duty vehicles, such as trucks and buses.”

The partnership remains subject to the parties finalising commercial terms and definitive documentation relating thereto.

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