It is a very good plan to establish electric car charging networks to extend the reach of EV cars but having a lot of charging stations will not work if you have to wait for a long time to charge your EV car. Fortunately, large automakers like Daimler, Ford, and the Volkswagen Auto Group are aware of this situation and they are forming a joint venture that will establish super fast EV charging stations along the major highways of the European continent.
These charging stations would be able to supply up to 350kW of power which is triple the output of Tesla’s 120kW superchargers. So if your car has the ability to receive this level of input then in minutes of charging you can hit the road again.
400 chargers in 2017
The grid will start relatively small with plans to roll out 400 chargers in 2017 but by 2020 there should be thousands of them across Europe. Along with these companies, other car makers are also encouraged to sign on the project and regional partners can also help the grid off the ground.
If the electric cars become the norm and gets adopted massively and there is a big chance for that so this planned network will pay dividends in the future for the attached car brands. This will also mean you will not need to get a gas running car to go cross-continent.
This is also a defensive step for Tesla. Tesla superchargers not only give an advantage over the long distance but these proprietary charging plugs could become the default port, making it harder for customers to switch to another brand. This network will take away Tesla’s edge and a cross-company standard will be easier to get.