Germany’s SLAM project (Schnellladenetz für Achsen und Metropolen, or Fast Charging Network for Road Axes and Metropolitan Areas) is one of seven “flagship projects in electric mobility” recently designated by the German government (via Green Car Congress).
Partners in the €12.9 million ($14.6 million) project include Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler and Porsche. SLAM’s mission includes setting up a network of 600 fast-charging stations to collect data for the research and analysis of charging infrastructure. The data will be used to forecast demand for new charging stations, and to develop business models for site operators as well as a uniform access and billing system.
SLAM’s goal is to develop CCS-based charging at levels of more than 150 kW.
A central component of SLAM is the Golden Test Device, a standardized testing device that will be able to quickly check the compatibility of new EVs and charging stations produced by different manufacturers. A prototype co-developed by Volkswagen will be unveiled at the upcoming Hannover Messe trade show.