Long-distance electric driving in Europe is getting easier by the day, as DC fast-charging stations sprout up along the continent’s highways.
The Fast-E project, co-financed by the European Union and nine companies, will install 241 fast-charging stations in Germany and 37 in Belgium, spaced every 80 km along main motorways. A sister project will add another 30 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Total investment is approximately €18 million ($20 million).
Charging station operator Allego will lead the project – other partners include VW, BMW, Renault-Nissan and DB Energie, a subsidiary of the German federal railway operator.
Each of the new stations will offer both CCS and CHAdeMO fast charging, at power levels of up to 50 kW, as well as a Level 2 connector at 43 kW. The chargers are expected to be in commercial operation by the end of 2017.