Ultra-fast charging network will challenge Tesla Superchargers

News | January 24th, 2017 by 10
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One of the major obstacles in the rapid growth of the electric vehicles market is the infrastructure, and more specifically, the wide availability of fast-charging …

One of the major obstacles in the rapid growth of the electric vehicles market is the infrastructure, and more specifically, the wide availability of fast-charging stations. Last December, Tesla updated the Supercharger network map on its website to show its expansion plans for 2017. In North America, Tesla announced new Superchargers in Hawaii and Mexico, and expansions to extend the coverage in the US and Canada that were originally planned for 2016 were pushed to next year.

More stations are also planned for central Europe and France, but expansions in Eastern Europe and along the Mediterranean sea that were originally planned for 2016 have now been pushed to 2017.

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50kW DC stations which are part of the
West Coast Express Charging Corridor.
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European automakers are also making a major commitment to developing an ultra-fast charging network that can rival that of Tesla’s Supercharger network. Reuters reports that Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen and American automaker, Ford, plan to build 400 ultra-fast charging stations in Europe that will be capable of power levels triple that of Tesla’s existing fast-charging Supercharger stations.

At the moment, there are more than 72,000 public chargers in Europe but only 5,800 of those are what the International Energy Agency calls “fast” chargers, which means they have 43 kW of power or more. By contrast, a Tesla Supercharger operates at between 120 and 135 kW.

The goal is to install 350 kW charging stations throughout Europe, using the CCS charging standard. Each station is said to approximately €200,000 each. Germany companies Innogy, E.ON and Siemens are involved as well as Portugal’s Efacec.

The new infrastructure will certainly help sell more electric vehicles since range anxiety is still the number one obstacle in the purchase of an EV.


10 responses to “Ultra-fast charging network will challenge Tesla Superchargers”

  1. Freepat 75014 says:

    Too bad no competitive BMW long range EV could leverage that great investment… Not mentioning that Elon Musk said 350KW would be for chindren toys compared to next Gen Tesla Superchargers V3…

    • Max says:

      U know that there will be an X3 BEV in the next 2-3 years?! And do u really think one small company without any profit can do better than 4 of the biggest? Please wake up!

      • Chris Llana says:

        An X3 BEV? Six years after introducing the revolutionary i3, BMW’s next BEV will be a steel conversion car? Is that progress?

      • Freepat 75014 says:

        I’m not sure to understand why they start with an X3. I would have done X6 first, considering the price for usable >100KWH long range models…. But better late and start small than never…for those BMW customers who can wait for another 3 years….
        I’ve bought BMW new cars for 25 years and have loved them. But for EVs I stopped waiting for BMW and will get rid of my beloved 530DA this year, for a Tesla Model X costing more than 2X more (€140K in my config), … that I took an extra 5Y to fund extending my 530DA to already 320 000 KM…and still working great ! Thanks BMW,… but ciao !

    • Sander says:

      350kW with an average of 15kWh/100km means every minute adds almost 40km, or 200km on a five minute toilet visit/coffee break.

      • Freepat 75014 says:

        That assumes the EV car car swallow the 350KW at full speed charging. Current best in class EV Tesla P100D models, are self limited to 120KW, that is 1.2C, to maximize recharge life cycles. Moving to 350KW would mean to 3.5C charges, that would not be without consequences, plus may require some extra cooling…etc. Current BMW i3 do not at all support Supercharger speeds, and are limited to # 50KW CCS If I remind well… Not mentioning its charming motobike front tyres… ha ha.

        • Sander says:

          These fastchargers will last for many years. Capable cars (with much more capacity and thus comparable C) will come.

          While 350kW seems a bit much by todays standards, tomorrow we’ll laugh about it.

  2. Chris Llana says:

    I’m not sure the bugaboo “range anxiety” is the number one obstacle to EV ownership. Most ordinary people know nothing about EVs, which would certainly inhibit their purchase of one. Manufacturers don’t advertise their EVs; even Nissan airs commercials that promote their line of ICE cars with nary a mention of the LEAF. Dealers may be the worst culprit, actively steering customers away from EVs (even customers who ask about them), and going so far as to lie about their availability (e.g. Chevy dealers about the Bolt). If they have an EV on the lot, they frequently keep it hid away, and if pressed, say the battery is not charged. There of course are exceptions to this, but dealers make their money servicing ICE vehicles, and don’t want to kill their cash cow.

  3. Aelwyn says:

    I’m sorry, what? I was distracted by that guy’s biceps.

  4. CDspeed says:

    Range anxiety is a myth perpetuated by people who have never lived with one. And range anxiety will be less of an excuse going forward especially considering that electric range has climbed. Affordable EVs are now doing 150 to 240 miles per charge.

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