BMW Joins with Manufacturer Colleagues to Create an Ultra-fast, High-power Charging Network across Europe
BMW Group has come together with Porsche, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi in a venture to create the highest-powered EV charging network in Europe. The aim of the scheme is to build a sizable number of charging stations to enable long-range, battery-powered travel around the continent, increasing the viability of mass-market battery-powered electric vehicles – a goal for all of the manufacturers involved.
The projected ultra-fast charging network with power levels up to 350 kW, based on Combined Charging System standard technology, will be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today. The build-up is planned to start in 2017. An initial target of about 400 sites in Europe is planned. By 2020 the customers should have access to thousands of brand-independent high-powered charging points.
“This high-power charging network provides motorists with another strong argument to move towards electric mobility,” says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “The BMW Group has initiated numerous public charging infrastructure projects over the last years. The joint project is another major milestone clearly demonstrating that competitors are combining forces to ramp-up e-mobility.”
BMW’s Drive towards E-Mobility
BMW has been highly active in pursuing new technologies to make both hybrid and full electronically-powered vehicles a viable everyday prospect. Its acclaimed i cars – the i3 and i8 – haven’t just been highly rated, however, with the 100,000th electrified BMW having recently been sold since the launch of the i and iPerformance ranges. iPerformance especially has been fantastic for the propagation of hybrid vehicles into the wider sales market.
BMW has also recently enhanced the i3 by increasing its battery power and range. BMW has added a new 94Ah battery pack that is claimed to offer up to 195 miles of range. In range extender form the car will do an additional 80 miles on top of that. At present, charging takes 10 hours with a conventional three-pin plug, four with a AC fast-charger (such as a BMW iWallbox) or just 40-minutes with the newest style DC rapid charger.
Future iterations of BWM’s i range and iPerformance cars will no doubt benefit even further from the new high-power charging network when it comes to fruition.