Europe gets faster charg­ing sta­tions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - MOTORING -

Sev­eral ma­jor car­mak­ers are plan­ning to set up a Euro­pean net­work for speedy charg­ing of elec­tric car bat­ter­ies as the auto man­u­fac­tur­ers seek to over­come cus­tomer re­sis­tance to the ve­hi­cles.

The part­ner­ship, among Volkswagen AG, BMW, Ford and Daim­ler AG, aims to es­tab­lish “thou­sands” of sta­tions along Euro­pean high­ways by 2020, they said in a state­ment on Tues­day. With an ini­tial tar­get of about 400 sites, the group plans to start the roll­out in 2017, de­ploy­ing tech­nol­ogy that will be “sig­nif­i­cantly faster” than cur­rent set­ups.

The rare co­op­er­a­tion shows the strains on car­mak­ers as they in­vest bil­lions of dol­lars to de­velop bat­tery-powered ve­hi­cles to com­ply with tighter en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions.

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