BMW, Nissan, Renault And Volkswagen Join Forces For EV Charging

SEP 12 2014 BY MARK KANE 15

BMW, Nissan, Renault And Volkswagen Join Forces For EV Charging

BMW, Nissan, Renault And Volkswagen Join Forces For EV Charging

UK Rapid Charge Network (RCN) project, through the European Union’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) program, attracted four automakers – BMW, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen, which will join forces to build a network of a multi-standard fast chargers in Ireland and Europe.

According to the latest news, 10 out of 74 of the multi-standard chargers are already installed and a further 28 have been commissioned.

All of them will be 44kW CCS, 44kW CHAdeMO and 43kW AC systems, so no EV will be left without a charge option.

“Nissan is joined in the project by BMW, VW and Renault: it’s the first time leading BEV companies have united to accelerate the growth of EV charging infrastructure, seen as a key enabler towards making zero-emission mobility a market reality. The project, managed by Zero Carbon Futures in Sunderland also draws on the network expertise of ESB, one of Ireland’s foremost energy company and leader of a previous TEN-T project completed this summer, and Newcastle University.”

“When complete, the UK Rapid Charge Network (RCN) will comprise more than 70 multi standard rapid chargers covering some 1,100km of major trunk routes and providing EV-friendly links to five seaports and five international airports.”

“Running on two priority road axes on the mainland of the UK, the RCN will link major ports and cities including Stranraer, Liverpool, Holyhead, Birmingham, Felixstowe, Leeds and Kingston upon Hull. There will also be networks embracing Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland.”

“The UK RCN is part of the European Union-financed Trans European Transport Network (TEN-T) and represents a substantial partnership investment of €7,358,000, half of which is being funded by the EU.”

Baroness Kramer, UK Minister of State for Transport stated:

“We are serious about plug-in vehicles and have a comprehensive package of measures to help consumers and industry make the switch to electric. The UK now has the best rapid charging network in Europe. Projects like this highlight how industry is showing its confidence in the rapidly growing market.”

Olivier Paturet, General Manager, Nissan Europe Zero Emission Strategy and RCN Project Leader commented:

“The UK’s Rapid Charge Network will provide a vital sense of security for all EV drivers, as well as helping to promote the advantages of zero emission mobility to others. This project will have a major impact on the decarbonisation of European transport, and Nissan is thrilled to contribute to its viability.”

RCN animation v2 from Surreal Creative on Vimeo.

Categories: BMW, Charging, Nissan, Renault, Volkswagen


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7,358,000 Euro? Sounds like a better investment than 5, or 6, hydrogen stations.


Whatever comes is good…

But if they would install more powerful chargers – at least of power equal to the max power deliverable by CCS (is it 100 kW?) and with 2 plugs for CCS (therefor each supporting this max power)(ideally also 2 ChaDeMo plugs) and associated with two stalls, there would be two huge advantages:

1) possibility to charge at 44 kW (what is needed for most current BEVs) 2 cars at a time – essential to increase substantially the chance to find one available

2) possibility to charge 200 miles BEVs coming in a few years at 100 kW or so (hopefully these chargers will last more than 3 years…)

Fortunately the Supercharger network is growing anyway…


I have little doubt that the existence of superchargers accelerated the deployment of these chargers. Competition is good for the consumer.

Most of the cost is in wiring up the station underground.

As long as that is done with the future in mind installing faster chargers above ground should be relatively cheap when the time comes.

You are assuming that someone is thinking ahead. That is very rare… πŸ™‚

CCS allow up to 170 KW ( DC max. 200 A / 850 V), but to my knowledge nobody implement it actually.

They are working on a specification extension to up to 200 KW.

I get so excited about things like this. This is an enabler. This will sell cars. Which will sell batteries. Which will pay to build battery fabs. Which will build more batteries. Which will decrease the price of batteries. WHICH WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

And Jeremy Clarkson’s head explodes.

But will they support intercharge payment system?

I’m not sure why the companies listed would include CHAdeMO ?

I would like to see 43kW outlets expanded to the USA, and maybe Nissan will use the Renault technology in a future LEAF.


CHAdeMO is an international standard. I could take a CHAdeMO car to any CHAdeMO charger anywhere on earth and be able to charge. One can’t do that with Combo because of its bundling with the AC charger connector.

Combo is an international standard. I could take a Combo car to any Combo charger anywhere on earth and be able to charge. One can’t do that with CHAdeMO because it needs a separate CHAdeMO inlet πŸ˜‰