BMW, Nissan, Renault and VW have entered a partnership of Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) manufacturers to strengthen EV infrastructure.
The four manufacturers’ joint project is through the European Union’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) program, and aims to create a multi-standard and interoperable EV charging network through the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The consortium said it’s the first time leading BEV companies have united to accelerate the growth of EV charging infrastructure, seen as a key enabler towards making zero-emission mobility a market reality.
The project, managed by Zero Carbon Futures in Sunderland also draws on the network expertise of ESB, one of Ireland’s foremost energy company and leader of a previous TEN-T project completed this summer, and Newcastle University.
When complete, the UK Rapid Charge Network (RCN) will comprise more than 70 multi standard rapid chargers covering some 1,100 kilometers (683.5 miles) of major trunk routes and providing EV-friendly links to five seaports and five international airports, declared Nissan.
Running on two priority road axes on the mainland of the UK, the RCN will link major ports and cities including Stranraer, Liverpool, Holyhead, Birmingham, Felixstowe, Leeds and Kingston upon Hull. There will also be networks covering Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The consortium explained the rapid chargers are the latest multi-standard units and are compatible with cars using 44 kilowatt CCS, 44 kilowatt CHAdeMO or 43 kilowatt AC systems.
The goal of the endeavor is to ensure that EV drivers traveling in the UK and Ireland can undertake long journeys secure in the knowledge that they will never be far from a rapid charger.
Ten rapid chargers are said to have been already installed with a further 28 sites soon to be commissioned. The start of the project’s deployment was officially celebrated Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at a ceremony at the Corley Services on the M6 motorway in Coventry, UK.
This whole project is not limited to the UK. Strategic information gathered from users, including customer charging behavior and changes in mobility patterns, will help plan the roll-out future of rapid charging infrastructure in member states across Europe, stated Nissan.