European charging company Allego announced last week that it now has four ultra-high-speed EV charging stations operational near the A3 highway outside of Frankfurt, Germany. They can service 4 cars simultaneously and are rated at 175 kW each. The plan is to boost at least two of the chargers to 350 kW by the spring of 2018. There is also a more common 50 kW charging station onsite. The new chargers are capable of adding enough energy to drive an additional 60 miles in just 5 minutes.
Allego says it will be adding more of its Ultra-E charging stations (similar, in concept, to Tesla’s supercharger network) along highways between the Dutch coast and the Austrian border at approximately 100 mile intervals by summer of 2018. The chargers will be located adjacent to major travel routes at service areas along the highway. The second location will be near Bernau am Chiemsee in southeast Germany.
“We are delighted to be setting a milestone for future electro-mobility in Europe with this new generation of fast chargers,’ says Allego COO, Ulf Schulte. The ultra fast charging stations are designed to meet the needs of the many electric and plug-in hybrid models on their way from automakers in the next few years. Allego already operates a network of 250 of the 50 kW charging stations in Europe.
“Interoperability comes as standard at Allego. We support all the current charging cards and access apps, enabling anyone to charge their e-car at Allego and quickly be on their way,” says Schulte. “It is thanks chiefly to our working relationships with our numerous partners that we are able to offer this comprehensive service.”
The Ultra-E project is funded in part by an alliance of energy companies, vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers, a roaming platform, and public institutions. Besides Allego BV, which acts as coordinator, Audi AG, BMW i, Renault, Magna, Bayern Innovativ, Hubject, Smatrics, and Verbund are also involved. The total budget for expansion of the Ultra-E corridors is €13 million. Part of the funding for the project will come from the European Union’s Connecting Europe program, and is expected to expand beyond Germany as early as next year.
Originally published by our sister site, Cleantechnica.