Car firms join together to build electric car charging network across Europe
400 new super-fast charging stations planned by some of the top car manufacturers including BMW and Ford
A number of the world’s top car manufacturers have joined forces in a bid to create the most powerful electric car charging network in Europe.
BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group, along with Audi and Porsche, plan to work together to build 400 charging sites across Europe by the year 2020. The car makers have all signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement that will see them collaborating on the joint venture, with work on the new network set to begin next year.
The plug-in car charging points will be positioned along main roads and provide motorists with super-fast charging for their vehicles. According to the statement announcing the news, the new high-powered charging points will be able to recharge the battery in the same time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.
Motorists will be able to stop at one of the charging stations, plug-in and charge their battery at a speed of 350 kW, which is considerably faster than the current market leader Tesla, whose network of charging points only charge at a speed of 120 kW.
This means that drivers across Europe will be able to plug into one of the thousands of 350 kW charging points to top up their batteries in a much shorter time.
The new alliance will be using different systems from the ones Tesla use for their charging points, so owners of a Tesla will not be able to use them.
The car manufacturers said in a statement that their ultimate aim was to build up, in a very short period of time, a large number of charging stations across Europe for drivers of battery electric cars to ensure long-range travel was possible.
Ben Lane, director of the Zap-Map app, which is specifically aimed at electric car owners in the UK and helps them to find their nearest car charging station, said that it was great news and precisely what’s needed for the industry.
Mr Lane added: “As batteries get bigger, the time needed to charge them is longer, so more rapid chargers on the roads are a good thing.”
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