Renault and Nissan are helping to finance a major new fast charging network in Europe that will significantly improve flexibility for thousands of EV drivers.
The project, named Fast-E, is co-financed by nine companies and the European Union, and will provide 278 new charging stations in Germany and Belgium by the end of 2016.
With a total budget of around €18 million, Fast-E will position charging stations at 80km (50 miles) intervals along major motorways. There will be 241 new stations in Germany and 37 in Belgium. At the same time, a sister project in the Czech Republic and Slovakia will add another 30 stations, further strengthening the EV infrastructure in Europe.The new longer range Nissan LEAF drives through Saint-Étienne Métropole – Manuelle Gautrand architecture
Both initiatives will use multi-standard fast chargers with both AC and DC connections. This means electric vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF or Renault ZOE will be able to charge up to 80 percent of their battery within 30 minutes to one hour.
The involvement of Renault and Nissan in the project is part of their long-standing commitment to produce zero emission technologies and extend driver range for EV owners.
Renault and Nissan together have sold over 335,000 electric vehicles to date. This represents one out of every two EVs on the road today.