E.ON and Clever to create an electric highway from Norway to Italy
A joint project between international energy and e-mobility company, E.ON, and Denmark-based e-mobility service provider, Clever, intends to connect Europe with 180 ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles in seven countries connecting Norway to Italy. The three-year project has received support from the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program of €10 million and has been named a flagship project by the European Commission, as one of only four projects out of a total of 349 applicants. The EU project is related to 160 of the 180 stations. In addition to the EU project, the partnership will establish stations in Norway with the Norwegian service station chain YX.
The companies say that the 180 sites are the first wave of charging stations to be spread across Europe. Earlier this year, E.ON and Clever formed a strategic partnership with the intent to offer 150 kW charging at more than 400 sites in a network that allows current and future e-mobility users to drive seamlessly through Europe.
“Together with strong partners we are taking a joint step towards establishing a comprehensive ultra-fast charging infrastructure in Europe. It is a testament to our commitment to provide convenient e-mobility solutions for our customers in Europe. We see a reliable ultra-fast charging network in combination with our home and destination solutions as main prerequisites for a mass market adoption of electric mobility,” said Frank Meyer, Head of Innovation and B2C at E.ON.
Casper Kirketerp-Møller, CEO at Clever, said, “We are not just putting up charge points. We are designing charging stations with customer needs in focus to ensure our customers have the same good and reliable experience no matter where they meet our brands. We believe that the combination of being able to cater for almost any car brand, securing the right locations and offering customers well-thought-through solutions will be part of convincing people that EVs are a real alternative to conventional cars.”
Most of the locations will be built in Germany, followed by France, Norway, Sweden, UK, Italy, and Denmark. Each of the stations will provide between two and six charging points and will be rolled out in Europe during the next three years. The first sites will be in Germany and Denmark.
The sites will be placed every 120 to 180 km (75 to 112 mi) along highways. The sites are planned to offer 150 kW charging, with potential for upgrade to 350 kW. The ultra-fast charging stations will initially enable charging of a full 400 km (249 mi) range battery in 20-30 minutes, and charging time will be further reduced as charging capacity is increased and vehicle technology develops. Charging time depends on the specific car. The stations will offer charging with CCS (European standard for fast charging).