Latvia to become part of European High-Power Charging Network
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.