Europe is preparing to create an “electric highway” that stretches from Norway to Italy
Dozens of companies from the United States, Australia, China, and Europe are involved in the process of creating charging stations for electric vehicles. Among them, Tesla, the world’s largest automakers – BMW, Ford, Volkswagen and others.
By 2020, their joint efforts will launch the European network IONITY, consisting of 400 charging stations in Germany, Norway and Austria. According to the project, to ensure maximum availability, the stations will be located on busy highways and in densely populated urban neighborhoods.
They are ready to join the largest German electrical company E.ON and the Danish car provider CLEVER, which together will build an “electric highway” – a network of charging stations from Norway to Italy. In the next three years, 180 such stations with a capacity of 150 kW each will be installed.
The purpose of the project is to make the process of recharging electric vehicles as simple and affordable as refueling at a conventional filling station. E.ON and CLEVER will build 160 stations, and the remaining 20 – the Norwegian service network YX.
The European Commission has already allocated 10 million euros for the project. The first stations will appear in Germany and Denmark, they will be installed from 2 to 6 chargers. As representatives of E. ON reported, each charger will provide charging for 400 km of run on average for 20-30 minutes. The exact charging time will depend on the type of vehicle and the capacity of its batteries.