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Car Makers To Co-Create Fast Electric Charge Network In Europe

Motor manufacturers team-up to create a charge network which makes battery powered cars a more practical prospect.

Characteristics of new electric vehicle charge network

The BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and The Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche plan to create a large, fast, charge network in Europe to encourage motorists to favour electric vehicles. Its purpose is to remove a significant barrier that limits the practicality of fully electric, battery powered, models. 

Battery cars have a limited range compared to their petrol and diesel siblings. Furthermore, there are comparatively few chances en route to refuel and the process takes a considerable time compared to the traditional alternatives. These pitfalls limit motorists to relatively short journeys and creates “range anxiety”. 

The motor manufacturers revealed the characteristics of their forthcoming charge network. The Combined Charging System (CCS) format ensures it is compatible with most current and next generation vehicles. Much like petrol pumps and mobile phone chargers, having a standard format cuts cost and makes life easier.

The 400 chargers look set to appear close to highways and major thoroughfares from 2017, the manufacturers explained. Power levels hit 350 kW which is more than current systems and cuts recharge times. More power and speed is required as the capacity of electric car batteries is likely to expand considerably in the coming years. 

BMW perspective

BMW AG Chairman of the Board of Management, Harald Krüger, said: “This high-power charging network provides motorists with another strong argument to move towards electric mobility. The joint project is another major milestone clearly demonstrating that competitors are combining forces to ramp-up e-mobility”, he stated.

Daimler perspective

Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, added: “The breakthrough of e-mobility requires two things: convincing vehicles and a comprehensive charging infrastructure. The availability of high-power stations allows long-distance e-mobility for the first time and will convince more and more customers to opt for an electric vehicle.”

Porsche Perspective

Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, Oliver Blume, explained: “There are two decisive aspects for us: ultra-fast charging and placing the charging stations at the right positions.  Together, these two factors enable us to travel in an all-electrically powered car as in a conventional combustion engine vehicle.”

Mr Blume continued: “As automobile manufacturer, we actively shape our future - not only by developing all-electrically powered vehicles - but by building up the necessary infrastructure as well.”

Ford perspective

Ford Motor Company President and CEO, Mark Fields, argued: “Ford is committed to developing vehicles and technologies that make people’s lives better. This charging network will make it easier and more practical for customers across Europe to own electrified vehicles.”