December 02, 2016 @ 06:55 PM

Car Makers Unite for the benefit of electric cars

The big names of the industry joins forces for the greater good of electric mobility

Major marquees BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi & Porsche have come together to deploy Ultra Fast, High power charging stations along Europe's major highways.

Accepting that electric and hybrid cars is the way forward, the top car makers are taking a big step to make battery electric vehicles (BEV) more usable and practical by significantly increasing availability and speeding up the process of charging your vehicle. 

By increasing the power levels to 350kW, the time taken to charge the vehicle reduces greatly thus allowing owners to cover more distance with less worry. Based on the Combine Charging System, that is compatible with most of the current BEVs, the target is to build 400 of these ultra-fast charging sites in Europe. 

This collaboration would be the first of its kind and the involved names have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to make this brand independent charging infrastructure. Being able to recharge in a fraction of the time of current charging stations, the charging experience has potential to be as convenient as refuelling in conventional gas stations. Think of it as a step towards that vision. 

BMW Group

“This high-power charging network provides motorists with another strong argument to move towards 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 ten 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 customers across Europe to own electrified vehicles.”

AUDI AG

“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 a broader market adoption of e-mobility and speed up the shift towards 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 automobile manufacturer, we actively shape our future, not only by developing all-electrically powered vehicles but by building up the necessary infrastructure as well.”

Despite being founded by the main five car makers, we may see other automobile manufactures also participating in the network for convenient charging solutions. Not only does this joint-venture makes owning a BEV easier, but also paves the way for mass-marketing electric battery powered vehicles in the future. 

Y.Dharmeswaran

 

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