Europe's first fast charger network rolls out

December 29, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
Europe's first fast charger network has started rolling out across Germany, starting at 175kW with 350kW early next year.

The first fast chargers, installed by Allego, went operational this week in Kleinostheim near by Frankfurt am Main, Germany, near the A3 motorway. The four ultra-fast chargers are located at the Aschaffenburg-West exit on Saaläcker Strasse. Four e-cars can be charged simultaneously at the stations, initially with 175 kW. In the spring of 2018, the charging stations will be upgraded to support 350 kW charging at two of the four connections. 

The new ‘Ultra-E’ charging stations will be erected at intervals of 150 to 200 km near motorway exits. More stations will follow, the next one in Bernau am Chiemsee, Southeast Germany.

"We are delighted to be setting a milestone for future electro-mobility in Europe with this new generation of fast chargers,’ said Ulf Schulte, chief operating officer of Allego. "The ultra-fast charging stations are designed to accommodate many current and future types of e-car. They are particularly suited to the new long range e-cars that will be available from 2018. With these new ultra-fast chargers, Allego is supplementing its existing fast charging network of 250 50kW charging stations, making it a pioneer in Europe. 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. It is thanks chiefly to our working relationships with our numerous partners that we are able to offer this comprehensive service.’

The €13m ‘Ultra-E’ project is funded by an alliance of energy companies, vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers, a roaming platform and public institutions. Allego acts as coordinator, alongside Audi, BMW i, Renault Magna, Bayern Innovativ, Hubject, Smatrics and Verbund. 

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