Now, two more companies, an international energy and e-mobility company E.ON and Denmark e-mobility provider CLEVER, are partnering to build yet another network of charging stations.
Over the next three years, their network will provide 180 “ultra-fast” charging stations across 7 countries between Norway and Italy. Each station has a capacity of 150 kW, putting it almost on par with Tesla’s 145 kW stations, but behind IONITY’s 350 kW capacity.
CLEVER isn’t the only company E.ON has partnered with; in fact, their team-up only accounts for 160 of the 180 charging stations. The final 20 will come as part of a deal with Norwegian service station chain YX. Based on how well construction goes on the initial 180 stations, E.ON and CLEVER are open to expanding to 400 stations spread throughout Europe.
“Together with strong partners we are taking a joint step towards establishing a comprehensive ultra-fast charging infrastructure in Europe,” said Frank Meyer, Head of Innovation and B2C at E.ON, in a statement. “We see a reliable ultra-fast charging network in combination with our home and destination solutions as main prerequisites for a mass market adoption of electric mobility.”
The initiative has already received €10 million (nearly $12 million) in funding from the European Commission, and is only 1 of 4 projects chosen to be explored. The first series of stations will be located in Germany and Denmark, with each station containing 2-6 chargers.
According to E.ON, each charger will be capable of fully charging a 400-km (248-mile) range battery in about 20-30 minutes. Of course, that’s only a rough estimate, and the actual charging time will vary by car and battery capacity.
Source : Futurism