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BMW, Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz and Smart), Ford and Volkswagen have joined forces to roll out a fast charging network for electric cars across Europe.

Ionity, a new joint venture company equally owned by the four automakers, plans to have approximately 400 high-power charging stations open “across European major thoroughfares” by 2020.

According to the partners, Ionity will have 20 operational stations by the end of 2017. These 20 stations will be located on major highways in Germany, Austria and Norway, and will be spaced around 120 kilometres apart.

The initial charging stations will be located at petrol stations operated by Germany’s Tank & Rast group, Austria’s state-run oil company OMV, and Circle K in Norway. Ionity plans to have 100 charging stations open by the end of 2018.

Each charging point will supply up to 350kW, and will use the Combined Charging System standard to ensure “multi-brand compatibility with current and future generations of electric vehicles”.

Read more: http://www.caradvice.com.au/598427/...n-team-up-for-european-fast-charging-network/
 

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Downside of electric cars are their high price compared to their petrol diesel versions, usually £5000 dearer that could be used instead to buy fuel.

Also battery range is still low on many of these cars

Plus many companies make you pay for the car and then charge a sum per month for rental of the batteries forever, Example Electric Smart Fortwo is £50 a month for batteries.

Also recharging takes time, even with fast charge, unlike a quick refuel at a petrol station.

The batteries are finished by year seven, and very expensive to replace.

I can only see electric cars taking off at the moment with petrol/electric hybrids (non plug-ins and plug-ins)

I suppose eventually with emission regulations getting tighter each decade, electric cars will be the only type of cars available to drive in the future.

I want a red one :D
 

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I agree on everything you say, very early days for this tech but it should get better and cheaper over time.
 
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