European Union Subsidizes Installations Of Over 500 Multi-Standard Fast Chargers

FEB 5 2015 BY MARK KANE 11

European Union Funds 200 Charging Points In France

European Union Funds 200 Charging Points In France

CHAdeMO Association recently released a small summary of charging infrastructure projects supported by the European Union and, as it turns out, 2015 will see the completion of several projects that get over 500 multi-standard DC fast chargers installed in Europe.

First up was the UK and Ireland, which in 2013 began its €7,3 million project called the RCN (Rapid Charging Network) and are now speeding up for the completion of the 74 charger network.

“In October 2013, we have reported about the approval of a €7,3 million charging infrastructure project across the U.K. and Ireland. Named the RCN (Rapid Charging Network) project, they are speeding up for the completion of the 74-charger network. This was the first of the multi-standard, multi-country charging infrastructure project supported by the EU, together with four automakers that selected different protocols of fast charging for their EVs: BMW, Nissan, Renault, and Volkswagen.”

The most recent project is 200 fast chargers in France:

“The CORRI-DOOR project is managed by the French utility giant Electricité de France (EDF), supported by the same automakers as RCN. EDF shall install 200 new CHAdeMO/Combo2/AC fast multi-standard chargers stations along the French motorways linking large urban areas and suburban centres. This is a €9,7 million project with the subsidy.”

Fastned gets EU-support to roll out fast charging stations in Germany

Fastned gets EU-support to roll out fast charging stations in Germany

115 fast chargers in Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Germany and Croatia :

“The CEGC (Central Europe Green Corridors) project is led by Verbund, a utility company in Austria. In this project, there will be 115 triple-connector chargers installed across five countries. As shown on the map provided on Verbund’s website, the biggest portion will be in Austria (60 chargers), followed by Slovenia (26), Slovakia (21), Germany (5) and Croatia (3). This €7,1 million project be co-financed by the same automakers as the above two.”

And finally, 155 fast chargers in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Sweden:

“The ELECTRIC project stands for European Long-distance Electric Clean Transport Road Infrastructure Corridor. This Corridor shall be adorning Sweden (35 chargers), Denmark (23), the Netherlands (30) and Germany (67) with the total of 155 triple-connector chargers provided by the project coordinator ABB in the Netherlands. With the total budget of €8,4 million, ABB is joined by the Dutch e-mobility operator and retailer Fastned, the Danish emobility operator CLEVER, the Swedish public utility and e-mobility operator Öresundskraft and the German testing and certification institute VDE Prüf-und Zertifizierungsinstitut.”

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“Multi-standard”… is that like “original copy”? or “accurate estimate”? maybe “awfully good”?

Dear InsideEVs editors: Perhaps the word you’re looking for is “format”. Or perhaps “system”. Maybe there’s a better term.

But the word is not “standard”, which implies that there actually is a standard for EV charging. I’m sure you’ve noticed that there isn’t.

I see elsewhere, one of the quotes contained the word “protocol”. That works.

I don’t have a problem with the term “standard” used here. Chademo is a standard, CCS is a standard. Just like USB vs. Firewire.

The story also uses “Triple-Connector” which is also accurate, representing CHAdeMO, CCS, and AC Type-2.

“Standard” is IMHO an appropriate and correct term when referring to specifications controlled and published by bodies like ISO/IEC or JIS.

For example, the CHAdeMO specifications form the following standards (the communication protocol, the connector etc, are described in separate documents):

ISO IEC 61851-23, IEC 61851-24 and IEC 62196-3.
Europe (Cenelec): EN 62196-3, EN 61851-23 and EN 61851-24.

The goal is that anyone following those specs will end up with equipment compatible and interoperable with any other compliant charger or vehicle.

Looks like an old fashioned McDonalds drive through but larger.

Germany only gets “corridoors”… come on…

“Fast chargers”
Any idea how much kW these charges will deliver to each car?
I hope at least 50kW..

I can say that the Fastned ELECTRIC project plans with 50kW DC and 43kW AC. So you could roughly charge 200 miles per hour.

I wish America would attempt to break its oil addiction.

Looks like these cost $60-80k each. That’s not so bad when considering land use and installation costs, but not great either.

I really hope these chargers are upgradeable to higher charge rates. 100kW+ is needed to really strengthen the case for EVs.