Super-fast EV charging network planned for Europe from next year
29 November 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Key vehicle manufacturers have clubbed together to create a super-fast network of electric vehicle charging points across Europe from next year.
BMW, Mercedes, Ford and the Volkswagen-Audi Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe in order to enable long-range travel for EV drivers.
Projected to be capable of having power levels up to 350kW, the network will be significantly faster than today's 'rapid' 50kW chargers.
The companies are initially planning to erect 400 points across Europe from next year, with drivers having access to thousands of units by 2020.
Eventually, the aim is for recharging to be as easy as refuelling a petrol or diesel car at a fuel station.
"A reliable, ultra-fast charging infrastructure is important for mass consumer adoption and has the potential to transform the possibilities for electric driving," said Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford.
"Ford is committed to developing vehicles and technologies that make people's lives better, and this charging network will make it easier and more practical for customers across Europe to own electrified vehicles."