European car makers planning quick-charge station network. Driving across the Continent in an all-electric car will be much more convenient.
Porsche, among other car makers is planning a broad network of quick-charge stations by 2020. About 1000 stations alongside major highways throughout Europe are planned.
BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi & Porsche plan a joint venture for ultra-fast, high-power charging along major highways in Europe.
The projected ultra-fast high-powered charging network with power levels up to 350 kW will be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today. The build-up is planned to start in 2017. An initial target of about 400 sites in Europe is planned. By 2020 the customers should have access to thousands of high-powered charging points. The goal is to enable long-distance travel through open-network charging stations along highways and major thoroughfares, which has not been feasible for most BEV drivers to date. The charging experience is expected to evolve to be as convenient as refuelling at conventional gas stations.
The network will be based on Combined Charging System (CCS) standard technology. The planned charging infrastructure expands the existing technical standard for AC- and DC charging of electric vehicles to the next level of capacity for DC fast charging with up to 350 kW. BEVs that are engineered to accept this full power of the charge stations can recharge brand-independently in a fraction of the time of today’s BEVs. The network is intended to serve all CCS equipped vehicles to facilitate the BEV adoption in Europe.
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