E.ON, a leading energy company, announced it is starting to deliver fast charging stations for electric vehicles along German motorways. The first station of its kind was installed today (24 August) at the Irschenberg exit of the A8 motorway in Bavaria, in southern Germany.
For the first time on German motorways direct-current charging equipment is now available for electric car users. With a charging capacity of up to 50 kW, these stations enable electric cars to recharge within 20 to 30 minutes. The alternating-current charging points used, until now, take about six hours to completely recharge a battery with a capacity of 3.5 kW. The new stations support the CHAdeMO protocol, a charging standard which allows electric vehicles already available in Germany to be repowered. The cars available today include the Mitsubishi iMiEV, Peugeot iOn, Citroën C-Zero and, in future, Nissan Leaf. During an initial trial phase, the rapid charging will cost a flat fee of EUR5 euros. The electricity used in the stations will be generated using renewable production and will come exclusively from E.ON’s own hydroelectric plants.
In the future, E.ON intends to further develop public charging stations and deliver an even faster solution, with recharging taking only a few minutes instead of several hours. The recharging would then be similar to today’s petrol refuelling. Klaus Dieter-Maubach, member of the E.ON AG Board of Management, responsible for Research and Technology, said: “Such public stations are attractive to customers and energy suppliers alike only if they have short recharging times. We are therefore pursuing this approach with particular interest".
"Fast charging stations definitely make electric vehicles more versatile," said Ruth Werhahn, who manages E.ON’s E-mobility projects. Until now these vehicles have been suitable mainly for commuters. Commuters are able to recharge them in their own garage overnight and during the day do not need more than the currently available vehicle range of just over 100 km. Ms Werhahn added: "Fast charging stations make it possible to cope well with greater distances of 150 to 200 km, for example from Munich to Salzburg or from Stuttgart to Frankfurt." Such charging stations, with even higher capacities, could also enable drivers without their own garage to use electric vehicles.
E.ON opens first fast charging station for electric cars on German motorway