Top Automakers Join Hands To Build Ultra-Fast, High-Power Electric Car Charging Network

Posted: Nov 29 2016, 10:41am CST | by , in Cars & Vehicles


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Top Automakers Join Hands to Build Ultra-Fast, High-Power Electric Car Charging Network
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  • BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen including Audi & Porsche Join hands for A New High Power Charging technology

Top automakers fund charging sites to boost electric-car demand The companies will work together in order to bring about a faster and higher charging service on highways.

A joint venture is being made between the famous auto makers is working on the new kind of high power charging system on the highways of Europe.

The joint venture will design a plan in order to deploy DC charging network for battery electric vehicles that are likely to cover long distances on the high ways of Europe.

The power levels of 350 kilowatt is supposed to significantly reduce the chagrining time compared to the current system.

This is the reason that this new version will be applied to the new charging stations under the version. It is being planned that almost 400 ultra-fast charging sites will be constructed all around Europe.

The network that is supposed to be installed will be based on Combined Charging System standard. This charging system uses a connector which is totally compatible with the most recently prepared batteries that are used in new generation electric vehicles.

BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen have signed a contract recently that is supposed to make a number of quick charging stations throughout the highways.

The project will be focusing on ultra-charging technique so the customers get to spend less time while charging their batteries on road. This is the reason they are going with a 350 kilowatt power system of charging. The development will start in year 2017.

Volkswagen’s sub domains Audi and Porsche will take part in the project too. All the brands have shared their enthusiasm and approval for the upcoming project as it will let them publicize their EVs in a much better way in market.

The only problem with EVs up till now is that they don’t have a lot of range or a number of charging points. This kind of venture sure will help in easing the problem out.

BMW Group

“This high-power charging network provides motorists with another strong argument to move toward electric mobility,” says Harald Krüger, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG. “The BMW Group has initiated numerous public charging infrastructure projects over the last years. The joint project is another major milestone clearly demonstrating that competitors are combining forces to ramp up e-mobility.”

Daimler AG

“The breakthrough of e-mobility requires two things: convincing vehicles and a comprehensive charging infrastructure. With our new brand EQ, we are launching our electric product offensive: by 2025, our portfolio will include more than 10 fully electric passenger cars. Together with our partners, we are now installing the highest-powered charging infrastructure in Europe,” says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “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.”

Ford Motor Company

“A reliable, ultra-fast charging infrastructure is important for mass consumer adoption and has the potential to transform the possibilities for electric driving,” says Mark Fields, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company. “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 consumers across Europe to own electrified vehicles.”


“We intend to create a network that allows our customers on long-distance trips to use a coffee break for recharging,” says Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management of AUDI AG. “Reliable, fast charging services are a key factor for drivers to choose an electric vehicle. With this cooperation, we want to boost broader market adoption of e-mobility and speed up the shift toward emission-free driving.”

Porsche AG

“There are two decisive aspects for us: ultra-fast charging and placing the charging stations at the right positions,” says Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board of Porsche AG. “Together, these two factors enable us to travel in an all-electrically powered car as in a conventional combustion engine vehicle. As an automobile manufacturer, we actively shape our future, not only by developing all-electrically powered vehicles, but by building up the necessary infrastructure as well.”

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