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Electric long distance
driving in Europe

ultra-E is laying the foundation stone for the          5                                                12
construction of a full-scale, Trans-European,
ultra-rapid charging network for long-range             NETHERLANDS                                      GERMANY
electric cars.

              etween now and the end of 2018, a network of 25                                                  AUSTRIA
              ultra-rapid charging stations, each with a charging
              capacity of up to 350 kW, will be built along a
              stretch of more than 1,100 km in Europe. This

B WE ENABLE ELECTRICnetwork of charging stations, located around 120 to 150 km

 apart, will connect Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and

4Austria along trans-European transport corridors (as part of

LONG DISTANCE DRIVINGthe TEN-T program). The stations will be equipped with CCS

4Combo2 plugs and offer a charging capacity of 350 kW,

IN EUROPEideally supplementing the existing 50-kW fast-charging

network. This ultra-rapid charging technology

cuts the charging time for a range of 300 km to 20

minutes. This technology is also set to be tested for

electric buses and trucks.

                                                        with respect to the setting-up of a charging infrastructure

Super-fast charging is of enormous importance not only  tailored to the needs of the mass market, but also for future

                                                        developments. For instance, the project-related “Market

                                                        and Business Models for Ultra Charging” study is dealing

                                                        with a range of aspects of ultra-rapid charging technology.

                                                        Starting with technological developments, trends and new

                                                        markets, this study also delivers important findings about

                                                        consumer behavior and informs us about regulations and

                                                        recommendations. As such, it serves as a solid foundation

                                                        and guideline for the pilot project and unites the standards

                                                        and needs of existing electric vehicles with the requirements

                                                        of the latest generation of long-range electric cars.

WE ENABLE ELECTRIC                                      The ultra-E project has been running since September 2016
LONG DISTANCE DRIVING                                   and is being co-financed by the European Commission
IN EUROPE                                               to the tune of €6.5m as part of the “Connecting Europe
                                                        Facility” program.

                                                        The international project consortium is headed up by Allego
                                                        BV, and in addition to Bayern Innovativ (the State of Bavaria’s
                                                        organization for innovation, technology and knowledge
                                                        transfer), involves the automakers Audi, BMW and Renault
                                                        as well as Magna, Hubject GmbH and VERBUND AG/
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