In order to compete with the growing number of electric charging stations, E.ON – the electric utility company – has announced that it will bring its own charging network to 10,000 locations in Europe. This is a bold statement as most current car charging stations have approximately 6 charging points, so this would bring 60,000 or more new charging opportunities to Europe.
To get a sense of the scale of the project, Volkswagen, Mercedes and a number of other carmakers have joined forces to bring a joint car charging network that will bring 400 new charging stations to Europe. With E.ON stating 10,000, we get a sense that the company is betting on electric cars even more than the car manufacturers themselves!
E.ON has started talking about their plan to bring ‘ultra-fast charging’ to their stations that would see an electric car top up with a 250 mile range in just 30 minutes or less. This isn’t new territory for the electric company either. They already have 2,000 charging points in Europe (the majority in Denmark) and they have installed 60 bus charging points in Nottingham, UK.
E.ON’s investment in electric charging points could be a major step forward in reassuring potential customers that an electric car is a great choice, and that range anxiety is quickly becoming a thing of the past.
We hope that E.ON will take a look at Tesla’s latest Supercharger stations that have charging points for 40-50 cars at one time with a small convenience store in the middle. Even though they look a lot more like a traditional petrol station, we don’t see that as a bad thing. A cup of coffee while your car recharges? Sounds good to me.
It has also been confirmed that part of this expansion of E.ON’s charging network will include a new ‘electric highway’ that will connect Norway and Italy with 180 charging stations allowing huge zero emission road trips! Count us in.