As much as many people would love to adopt electric vehicles, we suppose there is still that bit of fear regarding the availability of EV chargers. After all no one likes their car dying in the middle of nowhere, right? While EV chargers are starting to become more common, they aren’t nearly as ubiquitous as gas stations.
However carmakers in Europe are hoping to change that. In a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, Ford, and the Volkswagen Group’s Audi and Porsche, these carmakers have announced their plans to build a network of high-power EV chargers along the major highways in Europe.
Their plans include chargers with power levels of up to 350 kW that will significantly reduce the time it takes to charge a vehicle, which is also one of the criticisms of electric vehicles. They are planning to create about 400 of these ultra-fast charging stations which will also use the Combined Charging System connector that makes it compatible with current and next-gen EVs.
All of this has been planned for an initial build-up in 2017, but the carmakers are hoping that by 2020, there should be thousands of charging points available to them, with the goal being that it should make it just as convenient as refueling at a gas station.