German Carmakers Want Europe-wide Car Charging Network by 2020
There are plenty of reasons why the electric car market has struggled to find a strong foothold among consumers. For one, they’re an expensive proposition in both upfront cost and upkeep. But beyond that, electric cars have limited range, and there aren’t nearly enough charging stations to support that limited range.
Hoping to solve the latter issue, German carmakers are banding together and have set a lofty goal of building a continent-wide network of electric car charging stations by 2020.
According to a report on The Next Web, the IONITY initiative is a joint venture between BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, and U.S. car manufacturer Ford. The group plans to work together to roll out what they’re calling the High Powered Charging (HPC) stations over the course of the next few years. It’ll start with 20 HPC stations opening throughout Germany by the end of this year. All of them will be spaced out by about 120 kilometers (75 miles), which would be plenty for cars traveling across the country—the 2017 BMW i3 with Range Extender, for example, in 194 miles.