Four Automobile Manufacturers Join Hands To Develop Fast-Charging Network

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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.

Four Automobile Manufacturers Join Hands To Develop 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).

Four Automobile Manufacturers Join Hands To Develop Fast-Charging Network

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.

Four Automobile Manufacturers Join Hands To Develop Fast-Charging Network

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.

Four Automobile Manufacturers Join Hands To Develop Fast-Charging Network

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.

Four Automobile Manufacturers Join Hands To Develop Fast-Charging Network

Currently, only some electric buses and trucks are capable of 350kw charging, but the passenger cars will be following soon by 2018.

Four Automobile Manufacturers Join Hands To Develop Fast-Charging Network

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.

Four Automobile Manufacturers Join Hands To Develop Fast-Charging Network

The ultimate goal of this project is to make charging of electric vehicles as convenient as refueling at conventional gas stations.

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