Electric cars are the future. You know it, I know it and every automakers know it. It’s an unfortunate inevitability. The only real issue with electric cars at the moment is their ability to recharge quickly, or lack thereof. Even the fastest of charging electric cars, such as the Tesla Model S, require at least 40 minutes to charge most of the way and that’s with a DC Fast Charging station.
To remedy this, Audi, Daimler, BMW, Ford, Volkswagen and Porsche, have all come together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. These brands have a projected speed goal for these “ultra-fast” high-powered charging stations is 350 kW, which is significantly faster and more powerful than any of the fast-charging stations today.
“We intend to create a network that allows our customers on long-distance trips to use a coffee break for recharging”, says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “Reliable fast charging services are a key factor for drivers to choose an electric vehicle. With this cooperation we want to boost a broader market adoption of e-mobility and speed up the shift towards emission-free driving.”
“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.”
This seems like an attempt for some automakers to end the somewhat monopoly that Tesla has on its fast-charging stations. If automakers really want the electric car to take off and become a mainstream form of transportation, there are going to have to be far more fast-charging stations accessible to the average EV driver.
This partnering should significantly help move things forward for the electric car and should give future EV buyers more peace of mind. Plus, All of these brands are pushing for even faster chargers than even Tesla has, which will make charging far easier on the lives of EV owners.