BMW, VW, Ford, Daimler team up for electric vehicle charging network in Europe

In a press release today, the automakers said the charging stations would deliver 350 kW over a DC charging network, which is set to “significantly reduce charging time compared to available systems.” For comparison, Tesla’s supercharging stations deliver 120 kW and can fill a Tesla up to 170 miles of range in 30 minutes.The European network will use the Combined Charging System (CCS) standard that is compatible with current and future electric vehicles from all the joint venture companies as well as Fiat-Chrysler and Hyundai. Construction on these sites is planned to start in 2017 and should be completed by 2020, the companies said. The group added that “the charging experience is expected to evolve to be as convenient as refueling at conventional gas stations.”