The electric cars are said to be the future of automobile industry. As many manufacturers are busy developing electric vehicles, four major automakers have joined forces to develop a fast charging network.
The US electric car maker Tesla has already begun the revolution with its Supercharger stations. Following the same lead, the major automakers are coming together to install charging stations using the Combined Charging System (CCS).
BMW, Volkswagen Group, Ford Motor Company and Mercedes-Benz parent firm Daimler has announced their collaboration to roll out CCS stations in Europe from 2017.
The stations will be installed in major highways and other busy areas. The first phase of the project will see around 400 stations being installed.
The stations will be available for all vehicles using the CCS standard and the power offered will range up to 350 kilowatts. Which means a range of 200kms will be added in just 15 minutes.
Currently, only some electric buses and trucks are capable of 350kw charging, but the passenger cars will be following soon by 2018.
Other major automobile manufacturers will be interested in participating in this project to help establish efficient charging solutions for electric cars. The project is also open to regional partners.
The ultimate goal of this project is to make charging of electric vehicles as convenient as refueling at conventional gas stations.