Before electric vehicles take over the world, which is a perpetual reality in the making, the world needs charging stations to feed some extra mileage into the vehicles. And thats exactly where microsoft is now headed to.

Swiss based automation technology company ABB has been doing just that, and now it has got Microsoft backing its services. Microsoft in partnership with ABB is launching a new fast-charging stations for electric vehicles.

ABB is about 140,000 strong and is regarded as a major engineering firm. The company has been trying to fill the gaps left by electric car manufacturers, by building charging stations.

Through this partnership, Microsoft has provided ABB with its Azure cloud platform which will benefit ABB to manage its future endeavours better and increase the number of stations the world over.

Their collaboration will also provide new insights into the way machines learn tasks and analytic capabilities.

As announced earlier by CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has been trying to be a pioneer in the domain of cloud platform. The company is pushing its flagship cloud platform Azure as an intelligent platform able enough to manage the toughest of tasks.  Microsoft of course has kept its cloud based service as one of three key investment areas.

Platform performance and stability are critical differentiators for the successful operation of a modern, data-dependent EV charging station. By partnering with Microsoft, ABB will be able to offer best-in-class operations as well as innovative advanced services — what we call the Internet of Things, Services and People,

said Pekka Tiitinen, president of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion Division.

The product of their partnership, an electric vehicle charging platform is set to be unveiled during the eCarTec event in Munich on October 20-22.

Today we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and this is ever apparent in the global electric vehicle market. Our partnership with ABB aligns to one of our company ambitions to build the intelligent cloud platform, and we look forward to our technology and services becoming a differentiator for ABB’s solutions,

said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft, adding that,

This partnership gives us the solutions, scalability and global agility to support expanding demand for EV charging infrastructure in the world’s major automotive markets, which is a key focus of our Next Level growth strategy.

With fossil fuel reserves diminishing and global temperatures raising, the eco-friendly mode of transportation has been blazing. Once regarded to be sluggish, the cars are leaving behind the fossil fuel genii with a range of supercars that are built to beat the competition without a hum on decibel scale.

Even the FIA recognized the future of electric cars by launching Formula e Championship. The likes of Apple and prime players such as BMW have already forayed into the mode of travel of the future. It is expected that revenue generated from electric vehicle charging platforms will surpass $3 billion by 2023.


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