BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen have signed a memorandum of understanding to create the highest-powered charging network along the major highways all over Europe.

The participants in this project plan to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicle drivers without having to make longer stops. The open network would be available on all major roads and highways, so charging electric vehicles could become as simple as it is now to fill the tanks of cars with internal combustion engines. Such an ultra-fast, high-power charging network would also represent a huge step towards quicker mass-market battery electric vehicle adoption. The network is said to be based on CCS, Combined Charging System standard technology, and all EVs, no matter the brand, will be able to use it. 

The ultra-fast network will have power levels up to 350 kilowatt, meaning charging will be much faster than what currently exisiting charging stations can offer. They expect to start building the network next year, with an initial target of setting up about 400 sites all over Europe. By 2020, thousands of highpowered charging points will be available to the customers.

Dec. 5, 2016 Driving photo: Newspress

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