ABB is planning to construct a $30 million manufacturing center in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy. The 172,200-sf facility will support the production of direct-current battery chargers for electric vehicles. Accelerating the company's growth and innovation in the electromobility sector, the sustainably designed project will leverage highly efficient building systems and rooftop photovoltaic arrays to achieve optimal energy performance and reduce carbon emissions. Acting as a center of excellence for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, the facility will manufacture systems for domestic, public, and urban transport applications. The structure, which will include a 34,500-sf development and prototyping area, will be digitally twinned to enhance operational efficiency. Production will begin in late 2021.
ABB is also constructing a $10 million global headquarters and R&D center for its electromobility business. The three-story, climate-neutral building is located on the campus of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. The open and collaborative facility will contian offices, labs, and specialized testing suites for the evaluation of battery performance in a variety of temperature and humidity conditions. Connected to the university's cogeneration plant, the highly efficient structure will feature rooftop solar arrays and a sophisticated building management system. Occupancy is expected in fall of 2020.
Based in Zurich, Switzerland, ABB is an electrical technology company engaged in the creation of innovative solutions for automation, robotics, power, and transportation.