Four major automotive groups have just announced the launch of a joint venture to creation a network of high-power along major highways in Europe dedicated to the battery electric vehicle charging (BEV).

To seal the deal for the massive infrastructure the BMW Group, the Daimler Group (which owns Mercedes and Smart), Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche whose intent primary is to enable drivers to drive to electrical energy to be able to fulfill long-haul travel, operation so far precluded for a low availability of columns for the energy supply. This should also promote a more rapid spread of electric vehicles, an already rapidly growing market.

The initial goal is to install 400 sites for recharging in Europe and a level of network power up to 350KW the work will start at the beginning 2017. by 2020, the stations located throughout the territory should be already some thousands thus guaranteeing an always available supply for electric vehicles as well as with a refueling point.

The network will be based on the standard Combined Charging System (CCS) compatible with most of today’s car models and used in next-generation vehicles to reduce refueling times, supporting more power.