Electric cars get fast charging stations in Germany

Drivers of the Mitsubishi iMiEV, Peugeot iOn and soon the Nissan Leaf planning a road trip through Europe can now look forward to a quick boost in Germany. Energy company […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Drivers of the Mitsubishi iMiEV, Peugeot iOn and soon the Nissan Leaf planning a road trip through Europe can now look forward to a quick boost in Germany. Energy company E.ON has built the first fast charging station on the country’s motorway capable of recharging an electric car (EV) within half an hour and has plans for more.

During the trial phase EV users will be able to recharge at the public charging station for a five Euro flat fee. The electricity for the station, found on the A8 motorway in Bavaria, southern Germany, will come straight from E.ON’s hydroelectric plants.

Charging points in the future could take just a few minutes. Klaus Dieter-Maubach, responsible for Research and Technology at E.ON said: “Such public stations are attractive to customers and energy suppliers alike only if they have short recharging times. We are therefore pursuing this approach with particular interest.”

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