Automakers join forces for auto-oplaadnetwerk in Europe

Automakers join forces for auto-oplaadnetwerk in Europe

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Automakers BMW, Daimler (including Mercedes), Ford and Volkswagen have teamed up to create a network of fast charging stations for electric cars in Europe.

The proposed stations have a power output of 350 kW can deliver, almost three times as fast as Tesla’s Supercharger charging stations that 120 kW power supply. The result should be the “most powerful oplaadnetwerk of Europe,” says a statement from the automobile manufacturers.

With the drives of Tesla electric cars in a half hour so charged that it is approximately 275 km drive.

The construction of the network will begin in 2017, with about 400 stations all over Europe. In 2020, that number has grown to several thousand. The four automakers have not said where the charging stations have to come.


The plan may be part of a war between different standards which are used to power electric cars on to recharge.

Most major car manufacturers make use of the Combined Charging System (CCS), as well as the intended oplaadnetwerk of BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen.

But Japanese car manufacturers like Nissan, Toyota and Honda, use a standard that CHAdeMO is called. And Tesla uses a proprietary standard for its Supercharger stations, but also sells adapters for cars with charging stations that the CHAdeMO standard, use on to charge.

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