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German automakers, Ford to launch electric charging network

German automakers, Ford to launch electric charging network”

In 2018 a further 50 stations will be added, and the plan is to have 400 by 2020 - including in the United Kingdom - enabling cars using the Combined Charging System (CCS) to access charge rates of up to 350kW, ideal for existing BMW and VW EVs, and just what the Porsche Mission E will need when it arrives.

According to Department for Transport data, the average length of a vehicle journey in the United Kingdom is about seven miles, a fraction of the range of most electric cars.

A "supercharging" highway for electric cars across Europe will open for business this year after Germany's BMW, Daimler and VW joined up with Ford. They will be 120 km (75 miles) apart and run in partnership with Tank & Rast [LINDOTA.UL], Circle K and OMV. IONITY will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel. By 2020, IONITY will have established 400 charging stations across Europe. There are now just under 5,000 charging stations in England alone. The vehicle consortium's new fast chargers will cost about 200,000 euros ($233,000) each, sources said previously.

IONITY will expand its network to 100 stations in 2018, each one enabling several drivers of different auto brands to charge their vehicles at the same time.

Anxiety over whether battery-powered cars have the range to reach their destination is inhibiting some drivers from switching from petrol or diesel models.

The IONITY network will offer charging speeds of "up to" 350 kiloWatts (kW), allowing owners of electric vehicles the to "significantly reduce charging times compared to existing systems".



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