Europe set for ultra-fast EV charge points

New ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) are set to be rolled out across Europe under a new partnership. Energy company E.ON and e-Mobility service provider CLEVER have joined […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

New ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) are set to be rolled out across Europe under a new partnership.

Energy company E.ON and e-Mobility service provider CLEVER have joined forces with the aim of installing “several hundred” charging points every 120-180 kilometres along motorways.

They hope to create a coherent pan-European charging network that can accommodate the needs of both existing EVs and the next generations of long-distance.

Initially, the ultra-fast charge points will offer 150kW of power with a modular upgrade option to 350kW.

They will be able to charge a full 400-kilometre range battery in 20-30 minutes initially but is expected to be reduced as charging capacity is increased and vehicle technology develops.

Frank Meyer, Senior Vice President B2C & Innovation at E.ON said: “A network of this magnitude not only requires solid funding and expertise, it would also be a game-changer for the growth of EV demand and a key blueprint for accelerating green and sustainable e-Mobility.”

Latest research suggests solar and EVs could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020 but a majority of Brits are put off buying greener cars due to high insurance costs.