Vehicle makers to install rapid charging network on European freeways
“A high-capacity charging infra-structure with broad coverage is crucial to the success of electric mobility. It is therefore right that the manufacturers should adopt a coordinated approach and back up the investments by the German Government in a public charging infrastructure with their own measures on major European transport routes,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). He was commenting on the manufacturers’ plans, unveiled today, to erect rapid-charging pillars in Europe starting in 2017.
The plans envisage 400 charging stations with an output of up to 350 kW. These installations will be able to charge a car’s battery in 30 minutes. Several thousand rapid charging stations should already be in operation by 2020. The entire charging network is based on the Combined Charging System (CCS standard).
Germany currently has 6,800 public charging points and around 150 rapid charging stations. “If electric cars are to become attractive for longer journeys, a sufficient number of charging pillars will be required, especially on freeways,” the VDA president said. He added that the automotive industry was not restricting itself to building attractive e-models, and in fact the important thing was to persuade customers to accept the overall system of electric mobility.
Wissmann continued: “The companies in Germany have therefore contributed to the funding of the environmental subsidy. That hasn’t happened in any other country. Our plans for the charging infrastructure now represent another step bringing electric mobility closer to a breakthrough. The initiative shows just how seriously the German manufacturers take electric mobility. When companies that otherwise compete fiercely with one another tackle a joint project like this, it is a clear sign of their huge will to innovate and invest. Even the purchase of Nokia Here showed that the manufacturers are pooling their efforts for crucial future projects and thus making important preparations that will benefit this country as an industrial location.”