GROUPE Renault has partnered with E-VIA FLEX-E to boost the development of a high-power charging (HPC) network across Europe, making electric vehicles (EV) a practical option for traversing the continent.
The aim of the project between the French manufacturer and the consortium is to reduce charging times in order to promote long-distance travel across Europe in EVs, via the implementation of new charging stations in key locations.
At the end of 2018, 14 HPC stations will be installed across Europe, with eight in Italy, four in Spain and two in France. They will be located along extra-urban motorways and will have a capacity of between 150kW and 350kW.
Other partners in the scheme include ENEL, Nissan, EDF, Enedia, Verbund and IBIL. It’s part of the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which aims to target transport infrastructure to boost the continent’s growth and competitiveness.
The total budget for E-VIA FLEX-E is more than £6m. Half of the consortium’s funding will come from CEF. Groupe Renault is supporting the rollout of HPC stations as part of its bid to promote the use of EVs.
The manufacturer has also partnered with Ultra-E and High Speed Electric Mobility Across Europe, which are made up of 25 and 158 charging stations respectively.