Latvia to be­come part of Euro­pean High-Power Charg­ing Net­work

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Plans have been an­nounced for Latvia to be­come part of the High-Power Charg­ing Net­work. Ini­tially, recharg­ing ser­vices will be avail­able at a sin­gle petrol sta­tion. The goal of this part­ner­ship is im­prov­ing elec­tri­cal mo­bil­ity in Europe. Cir­cle K rep­re­sen­ta­tives ex­plain that the com­pany has formed co­op­er­a­tion with Ionity. There are also plans high-power charg­ing net­work in Europe. It is also added that Ionity is a joint-com­pany that con­sists of BMW Group, Daim­ler AG, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany and Volk­swa­gen Group (as well as Audi and Porsche).

At the same time, it is re­ported that co­op­er­a­tion has been formed to in­stall and man­age high-power di­rect cur­rent recharge net­work for elec­tric cars.

It is also said that the net­work will be formed in ac­cor­dance with Com­bined Charg­ing Sys­tem (CCS) stan­dard. Power level will reach 350 kW, which, when com­pared with ex­ist­ing sys­tems, will help re­duce recharge time.

«We are sat­is­fied with our co­op­er­a­tion with Ionity. As part of this co­op­er­a­tion, we plan to es­tab­lish a more pow­er­ful recharge net­work in Europe. Our ar­range­ment es­tab­lishes Cir­cle K com­mit­ment for mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions. We want to of­fer our clients the op­por­tu­nity to use mod­ern tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions and cover dis­tances with elec­tric cars,» says Cir­cle K Latvia CEO Gunta Jēk­ab­sone.

It is also re­ported that Ionity net­work will in­clude 400 high-power recharge lo­ca­tions. Each of them will of­fer six recharge spots. Cir­cle K will serve as a part­ner in seven coun­tries – Nor­way, Swe­den, Den­mark, Ire­land, Lithua­nia, Latvia and Es­to­nia. «Cir­cle K net­work of­fers ex­cel­lent ac­ces­si­bil­ity. In ad­di­tion, Cir­cle K has ex­pe­ri­ence in se­cur­ing recharge ser­vices. Our com­mon goal is pro­vid­ing clients with fast, in­no­va­tive and con­ve­nient so­lu­tions,» says Ionity re­gional di­rec­tor Jan Hau­gen Ihle. Recharg­ing process will take con­sid­er­ably less time be­cause power out­put will reach 350 kW. High power recharg­ing ser­vice will be avail­able to all ve­hi­cles fit­ted with CCS sys­tem.

It is cur­rently planned that Latvia will have one recharge lo­ca­tion at first – it will be part of the Euro­pean net­work and will pro­vide clients the op­tion to travel from coun­try to coun­try us­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

Ionity plans to set up 400 high power recharg­ing sta­tions in Europe. It was ini­tially planned that 60 of them would be formed in co­op­er­a­tion with Cir­cle K. Recharg­ing sta­tions will be in­tro­duced to Cir­cle K grad­u­ally. It will start off with a pi­lot project in Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries at the end of 2017.

Evija Tri­fanova/LETA

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